The Plainfield Garden Tour chooses gardens each year that will be enjoyable and educational. A variety of gardens, large and small, sunny and shady, are selected to illustrate just what can be done with different situations gardeners might face. Some of the gardens are professionally designed and installed, while others are entirely done by the homeowners themselves. Some gardeners will know and label the name of every plant in their landscapes, while others just enjoy the beauty of their flowers and hard work. All of the homeowners have worked hard to make their gardens a joy to visit, as we are sure you will. 

Out of respect for the homeowners and their privacy, we don’t publish the addresses and names of the gardens on our website. This eliminates guests from visiting the gardens outside the prescribed garden tour times. On the ticket, there is a map and detailed directions from one garden to the next. Thanks for your support of the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library!

2016-pink-yarrow Garden #1 –  From pergolas to perennials, this garden has it all. Actually, the landscaping is comprised of nine separate garden areas. From the impressive owner-constructed koi pond, to an immaculate vegetable/fruit garden, to a real putting green and more, this landscaping is full of ideas for every gardener who visits.
Garden #2 – Unusual flowering shrubs and trees are accented with perennials and annuals all around the beautiful home.  A large ravine garden can be viewed from the landscaped pool area, and reveals clever plantings close up. There’s lots to see and enjoy on this beautiful property. 
Garden #3 – A pond with waterfall is the largest of their water features scattered throughout the landscaping. Garden accents complement a variety of perennials, shrubs, and trees. Accent plantings of colorful annuals add pops of color even in the darkest corners. Wait till you see the huge pirate ship garden shed that has been enjoyed by their many grandchildren over the years

 

Garden #4 & #5 – These adjoining properties of neighboring good friends both extend all the way back to White Lick Creek, so the landscaped areas range from sun to shade, merging into the natural areas along the water. Follow the paths through the “Wilds” along the creek, possibly spotting some wildlife. Closer to each home are open areas, with a fire pit for recreation and relaxation. 

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 2016-birdhouse-pergola Garden #6 – This landscaping has evolved over the years incorporating a swimming pool, an ornamental pond with waterfall, fire pit with a gathering space, a large deck, and lots of whimsical garden art. It is truly a relaxing retreat, with thoughtful, beautiful plantings.
 
Garden #7 – Paver paths wind through maturing plantings of flowering shrubs, trees, and perennials, leading to a large screened gazebo with a fireplace and small water feature. Arbors and a pergola invite visitors to relax and enjoy the gardens. This garden is a true “Labor of Love”. 

Garden #8 – This property is a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The owners’ love of birds, combined with amazing and creative construction talents have resulted in an awesome sanctuary for both wildlife and people. A storybook garden shed, grape arbor, trellises, decks, and pond with a stream are just a few of the many projects designed and completed by the owners over the years, all accented with attractive landscaping.

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Due to the nature of a garden tour, not all gardens are handicap accessible.