For invitation to Mill Pond Garden Open Days and Events, please use the self-sign-up form. The email service we use, MailChimp, is good and safe. Please add your name to aid issuing reservation and check-in on arrival.  You can unsubscribe at any time.

A Reservation for an Open Day or Event or Class, is accomplished by purchasing a Reservation (same as a ticket but ticketless) to the Open Day or Event you wish to attend for a specific time of arrival.  If you have questions, email

Admission Reservation purchases are by the secure transaction app ‘Stripe’.  If a time of arrival is booked-up, that choice becomes closed. You may choose another arrival time or date, if still available.  If you do not arrive at your reserved time, you may be turned away due to limited parking.

Garden Open Days have an admission fee of $12 per car admitting all occupants.  This fee may be changed in future.  Please note that purchased reservations are non-refundable unless Mill Pond Garden closes the event.  If the event is ever closed, an email will be sent to notify all Subscribers in advance.

When you arrive, give your name to the check in agent through your half open car window.  The admission agent has a list of the names, including yours, for arrival times for purchased admission reservation.  The agent will direct you to parking.  There is no ticket in this process to bother with.    Open Days, Events, and Classes all have different fees.

If for any reason you can’t use your purchased reservation, consider making a gift of it.  Otherwise, take satisfaction that you have made a donation to this treasured, public, non-profit organization.

Reservations are limited to available per half hour, so are rather exclusive opportunities.  First come first serve to a limited number of reservations/tickets. Timed reservations give visitors the best experience and ample parking, without disturbing this residential neighborhood.

All Open Days are rain or shine.

For group visitation or special events please email us directly at

The Gardens Will Remain Open for the Coronavirus Duration but in Compliance with the State’s Mandates

  • Keep your distance of 10 feet from other visitors
  • Do not visit if you’re sick or have been exposed
  • A mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn
  • State mandates no sitting down and please do not touch anything
  • Park cars eight feet apart, head in on the circle, or along the south side of the street
  • No admission to the inside building or restroom.

There will be no more than thirty  people at any one time, spread out in the 3/4 acre garden grounds, more than enough safe space, all outdoors. 

Second Sunday in February 10 AM to 1 PM

See how colorful early winter can be.  Features early winter Hellebores and Camellias as well as ornamental Kales and Pansies, colored evergreen foliage, beautiful tree and shrub bark, and the Coral Bark Maples fully colored.

Second Sunday in March 10 AM to 1 PM

Winter flower color increases as early bulbs appear and late winter flowering shrubs unfold.  Features late winter Hellebores and Camellias, Spirea ‘Ohgon’, Crocus, as well as ornamental Kales and Pansies, colored evergreen foliage, beautiful tree and shrub bark, and the Coral Bark Maples fully colored.

First Sunday in April 10 AM to 1 PM

Early Spring flowers in lovely sweeps of color with many species in bloom including early bulbs, Tulips, Daffodils, early spring ephemeral perennials, and early flowering shrubs unfold.  Features: spring Hellebores and Camellias, Crab Apple and other fruit trees, Dogwood, Red Bud trees , Spirea ‘Ohgon’, Crocus, Anemone Blanda, Virginia Blue Bells, Comfrey, Pulmonaria, Bloodroot, Ipheion, ornamental Kales and Pansies, colored evergreen foliage, and beautiful tree and shrub new foliage.  One may see frogs in the frog pond, pond turtles basking on turtle logs in Red Mill Pond, hunting Osprey, Great Blue Heron, and many other garden and water birds.   An extravaganza of Spring !

Second Sunday in May celebrates National Public Garden Day and Mother’s Day from 10:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Peak of Azaleas, Spring ephemeral plants, Dogwoods, Van Houteii Spirea, Ninebark, large diverse collection of Clematis.

Fourth Sunday in May from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Rhododendrons, Kalmia, Roses, Water Lilies, Alliums, Siberian Iris, Clematis, Bearded Iris, Baby Geese and more.

First Sunday in June from 10 AM to 2 PM

Roses spectacle and a whole lot more!

Third Sunday in June from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Masses of Hydrangeas and Lilies, Water Lilies, Daylilies, flowering shrubs, pollinator plants, and perennials, sweeps of tall Phlox, basking turtles, frogs, Koi, and more.

Second Sunday in July from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tree Lilies, a fragrance phantasmagora, Tall Phlox, Water Lilies, Daylilies, flowering perennials pollinator plants, and more.

First Sunday in August from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Peak of Butterflies.  Featuring in bloom: tree-like paniculate Hydrangeas, Benary’s Giant Zinnias, peak of Butterflies, Asclepias and other pollinator plants, tall Phlox, Roses, Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus moshuetos, rare purple Liriope, Caladiums, Taro, Colocassias, Begonias, Sedums, African Blue Basil (the superior purpurescens), and a spectacle of Sun Coleus, and Sun Patience, (cultivars of annuals we recommend for this climate).

Second Sunday in October from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Featuring a lavish display of summer annual Coleus, autumn Chrysanthemums, berries, foliage plants, the rare native Frost Asters, blue Butterflies, Camellias and more.

Second Sunday in November from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Peak of fall color including brilliant native Red Maples, Coral Bark Maples, and more.  The garden is planted with an outstanding abundance of brilliant leaf color and berries to make it the richest fall color experience you may ever see.

Fourth Sunday in November from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Garden of Lights Show – Thirty thousand lights fill the garden with magic ! Reservation and ticket required

First and Second Sunday in December from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Garden of Lights Show.  Thirty thousand lights fill the garden with magic!  Ticket and Reservation required

January 1st, New Year’s Day Celebration from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Repeat of the Garden of Lights Show – Thirty thousand LED lights fill the garden with magic!  Ticket and Reservation required

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