So many lovely gardens to share!
Louise Horgan welcomes you to her peaceful, private garden and wildlife refuge between busy Front Street and the Raritan Bay. The garden was created from a junk and weed-filled vacant lot in 2000 and has gone through a number of designs and remuddles, often driven by floods. She talks about the transformation of the ever-evolving haven, her relationship with weeds, and the rejuvenating joys of gardening. Plenty of perennials, evergreen plants, and cherished clover, thyme and forget-me-nots and, from the deck, a view of the entire garden, the bay, and the NYC skyline. Seabirds and songbirds, the playful dogs “guarding the garden” – enjoy it all. Tour now.
Sue Kleinberg from the Keyport Garden Club and the Keyport Green Team will show you and explain the environmental significance of the Rain Gardens. Tour now.
Welcome to Vicky’s back yard! Enjoy three small gardens at three different levels. Fairy gardens nestle among native plants, grasses, perennials and annuals in the dappled shadows of stately trees. The exquisite use of the terraced spaces will inspire those with gentle hills. Tour now.
Karen McBride's home shows you what can be done with a shore home with a smaller yard. There was so much to learn at this garden. Have a pergola but really want more shade? How about making a grape arbor out of it? And harvesting it for your own wine? Have an old dog bowl? with a fresh coat of paint...it's a planter! Can't wait to see this garden in person next year! Tour now.
Kathleen and Dennis McNamara welcome you to enjoy the gardens around their twin brick home, built by two bricklayer brothers in 1903. Den loves the edible aspects of gardening and shares that joy with grandchildren. Kathleen is all about the flowers, loves to weed and discover what is coming back in the spring. The front feature perennials and a rain garden with swamp milkweed and plants that have wet feet. The McNamaras employ several rain barrels and enjoy water collection. Side gardens are whimsical containers and the back features raised bed vegetable garden, a pergola with grapes, a mulberry espalier and the bathtub. Tour now.
The Murray Garden features perennials, rain barrels, evergreens, annuals, water features, window boxes, sculpture and delightful flora and fauna. Fish in the pond, rabbits in the hutches, and visiting birds share the garden. Pat Murray shares the story of the “meandering evolution” from a gravel-covered property to an ever-changing oasis, gardens rich with life and beauty. Tour now.
Kim Mundrane-Tuohy welcomes all to her 150+ year old home with a glass of wine and her smiling golden retriever, Kelsey, who serves as official greeter and tour guide. The gardens are a mix of perennials and approximately 950 annuals planted every year. She enjoys using annuals so that she can change her color theme every year. This year the color is Red. Lots of Red! One lovely area is actually not flowers, but the grass. Kelsey loves to roll in it and we've even had KGW visitors lay on it...everyone wants to take their shoes off like it's carpet! lol. Tour now. Tour now.
Gardener Cathy Nagy’s garden is a mix of perennials and annuals. She adds a few more plants each year. Bursts of color frame the entry walk, and perennials hug the foundation. The mix of textures from plants and hardscaping combine in a welcoming garden. Tour now.
The backyard at the home of Carolyn Ojamaa is made up of patios shaded by a large river birch and an Atlas Cedar. An abundance of ferns, hellebores, astilbes, and hostas – some in the lovely rock garden, and many in containers - complement the beautiful trees and hardscaping. Carolyn's son, Jim, designed and welded three large sculptures that enhance the outdoor living space. Be inspired as you enjoy the water features, perennials and welcoming natural sounds in this Keyport garden. Tour now.
The most visited gardens in Keyport are always a delight, whether virtual or in person. Anne Marie talks about learning and growing, and the the joy of creation, movement and change in the garden. The gardens are eclectic, and feature a koi pond, perennial garden with many wooden sculptures from the sea, fairies, and more. Palm trees add a tropical atmosphere in the backyard by the pool with gorgeous views of the Keyport Yacht Club sailboats and the Raritan Bay, Anne Marie and her friend Marie have created a vacation destination without going away! Tour now.
Located in the Mechanicsville section of Keyport, this Century Home features an eclectic assortment of annuals and perennials. English window boxes accent the charm of this older home. Pat Ryan says, “the garden feeds my soul,” and you’ll see why as you take a virtual stroll through this inspiring garden. Tour now.
GardenWalk videographer John Schneider has configured his gardens in an amazing use of space. The front yard incorporates sculpture into a charming blend of features both on the ground and upward! The backyard vegetable garden is well established as plants were started early in his elaborate and comfortable greenhouse. You'll find vegetables, flowers, swing, swingset and even a pool all balanced beautifully in the back. With sculptures and plants in charming vignettes, the Little Library, the chicken run and the chick mansion, John’s garden is truly an inspiration and delight. Don’t miss his Mom’s garden, the grapes, and much more. The many resident wild birds hang out with the chickens, who you will also meet on this virtual tour. Tour now.