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Montrose Gardens

Listed under Gardens in North Carolina, United States.

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Because of her intimately written garden books, Nancy Goodwin is a recognizable name to garden writers, and visiting her breathtaking 61-acre Montrose Garden was going to be good. It had an area that was full of tropicals and I enjoyed visiting this area and recognized many of the plants there.

Nancy Goodwin has written for Fine Gardening, American Gardener, Horticulture, Veranda, Country Home Country Gardens, and other magazines. She is a coauthor of A Year in Our Gardens: Letters by Nancy Goodwin and Allen Lacy and coeditor of A Rock Garden in the South, by Elizabeth Lawrence, also published by Duke University Press. From 1984 to 1993, she operated Montrose Nursery, which specialized in unusual perennials, including hellebores and cyclamen.

Montrose is the home of Nancy and Craufurd Goodwin. The nationally known complex of gardens on the site was begun in the middle of the 19th century by Governor William Alexander Graham and his wife, Susan Washington Graham. The Goodwins purchased and moved to the property in 1977 and have maintained and expanded the plantings.

The grounds include several 19th century buildings, a rock garden, scree garden, several acres of woodland plantings, and large areas of sunny gardens with unique color and planting schemes. Unusual trees and trellises, fences, and arbors, designed and constructed by a local artist, enhance the gardens.

It was formerly the home of Montrose Nursery (closed since 1993), a mail-order nursery specializing in hardy cyclamen and other unusual perennials. A selection of plants, produced on the property, is available for purchase at the end of each tour and during Garden Open Days.

Montrose is a Sponsored Project Garden of The Garden Conservancy.

Twice a year, once in Spring and once in Autumn, Montrose holds a Garden Open Day, providing visitors the opportunity to tour the gardens at their leisure. Admission is free.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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