The annual Summer Garden Safari
This event is always a wonderful experience....
also a great way to meet Interns and Master Gardeners from other counties.
This year’s Safari will be held in Fairfield County,
with the Bethel Extension Center’s “White Building” as home base.
Garden Tour #1: Garden of Ideas (Ridgefield)
The Garden of Ideas is eight acres of marsh, woodland, meadow and vegetable plots located in Ridgefield featuring an arboretum-like collection of plants (trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables, tropicals) amidst a unique array of original garden art. The Garden is maintained to create beautiful garden spaces, grow interesting plants well, minimize unnecessary landscape maintenance, provide animal habitats, and produce an abundance of nutrient dense food crops. The property includes a natural marsh, which is fed by overflow from Lake Mamanasco. Some interesting animals and plants are present due to this unusual and changing water feature.
Of particular note, is an annual crop of Zizania aquatica (wild rice).
Garden Tour #2: Ballard Garden (Ridgefield)
Ballard Garden and Greenhouse is an historical garden maintained by the Garden Club of Ridgefield, which celebrated their centennial last year. Situated on Main Street, Ballard Park is a
five-acre, lush green oasis which once housed the 18th century estate of Colonel Philip Burr Bradley, a Commander during the Revolutionary War and friend of George Washington.
Bradley fought in the Battle of Ridgefield and was also the town's first postmaster.
The Park features stately trees, formal gardens, a gazebo and children's playground.