Photography By CHICHI UBIÑA
“Where the Wild Things Are” is a garden designed to amaze and amuse. Over almost two decades, Lucy and Nat Day have created one of the finest topiary gardens in North America. This imaginative confection contains twenty-two large custom-made topiaries in nine different vignettes. They include a huge boxwood elephant that you can climb up and sit on, a pair of life-size lions flanking a stone staircase, a cozy corner with a yew wing chair and a boxwood easy chair, three frogs cavorting by the swimming pool, a hunting dog and pheasant racing up a hillside, and other surprises tucked away in a secret garden near a Machin greenhouse. The Days’ historic 1901 house features an addition they have filled with contemporary art and sculpture.
The Days are selling their house and have donated their topiaries to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. “We are delighted to preserve the essence of our beloved garden, especially in a public setting where these topiaries will be enjoyed by so many people.” Later this fall, a specialty plant mover will dig the topiaries and transport them to Stockbridge, MA, where they will be used to create “Lucy’s Garden.” This new garden at BBG is expected to open next June
The Days are delighted to open their garden one last time on Sunday, September 30 for a very special Open Day to benefit the nonprofit, Garden Conservancy.
The greenhouse and first floor of the house will be open to visitors during the Open Day and Digging Deeper. During their Open Day, the Days will also be having a green elephant sale of choice garden items including pots, tools, and other miscellany.
Directions: The Days’ home and garden are at 1 Hillside Drive, on the corner of North Maple Avenue in Greenwich CT. Please park on the street or in either of Greenwich Academy’s two parking lots across the street on North Maple Avenue.
Open Days 2018: September 30
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission to this garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance. Your registration includes Open Days admission to this garden destination—a $7 value. Admission is free for children 12 and younger.
Digging Deeper event: Topiary Dreams – Creating A Green Menagerie 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Get an in-depth tour of this remarkable garden with Lucy and Nat Day, who will discuss the evolution of their vision. They will be joined by Matt Larkin, an acclaimed topiarist.