Inviting Vines



2017 Inviting Vines Garden Party and Tour with Special Breakfast with Mike Darcy

Saturday May 27 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

"In the Garden with Mike Darcy"

"In the Garden with Mike Darcy"

Please join us for our annual Inviting Vines Garden Tour with an additional limited-seating event to celebrate our tenth anniversary. This year’s tour showcases the Rogerson Clematis Garden and four varied and lovely gardens that were favorites on the Inviting Vines tours over the last ten years.

We’ve added a very special event to our garden tour this year: “Breakfast with Mike Darcy at the Garden”. Enjoy a continental breakfast at Luscher Farm with friends while Mike shares his history with Brewster Rogerson, his involvement with the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, the move of the clematis collection to Luscher Farm, and the development of the Garden over the last ten year. Seating for this event is limited.

Below are details about each garden as well as a link to purchase tickets.  When you purchase tickets online, you will receive them from us via USPS mail with detailed driving directions and garden descriptions.  Feel free to start your day’s adventure at any of the gardens.  Hope you can join us for “Breakfast with Mike Darcy”!  See you there!

Garden Details

Deborah Meyers Garden

A pathway in the shade garden, cool, green and peaceful
A pathway in the shade garden, cool, green and peaceful


Many small garden rooms make up the back garden of this lovely cityscape, like links in a necklace, and each has a little different feel. This is a 20+ year-old garden displaying many rare and unusual plants in a peaceful setting. Planted for year-round interest, the garden also boasts a beautiful “mixed-media” walking path in the front garden. The garden features a monster passion flower on the west side, and other vines situated for maximum impact. Deborah’s “hell-strip” is truly a plants woman’s gift to her neighbors.

Nancy Goldman - Nancyland

Some of the whimsical garden arts at Nancyland, Nancy Goldman's garden.

Some of the whimsical garden arts at Nancyland, Nancy Goldman's garden.


Clematis and More! The front garden is happy with recent changes. The "sick and messy" hell-strip trees have been replaced with Lagerstroemia 'Catawba'. The front, a bit calmer than the back, includes a twelve-foot gravel circle and a five-foot metal-grid curved fence. The fence is a great place to grow showy vines. There are numerous clematis in the front garden along with many interesting shrubs and plants. A feature of the west side of the house is a grand specimen of Clematis montana var. rubens ‘Brewster’ that has been in place for many years. The back garden is cooler and greener and that’s where the fun begins – it’s filled with interesting garden arts, treasures, and a plethora of containers. Fern fever has continued with additions to the fern grotto and fern tables. Don't miss the pebble mosaics, designed and installed by Jeff Bale. The garden was featured in the July 2016 issue of Gardens Illustrated.

Jim Damis Garden

The Damis garden is the largest and most “clematisy” on the 2017 tour. Although the first love here is dahlias, over 30 more clematis were added to the garden in the spring of 2013. There is a calm, Japanese-influenced shade garden on the east side, beyond a pair of maturing variegated dogwoods, and most small trees and the vast hedges are decorated with clematis. Outside the garden, on the corner of NE Maltby and 36th, there is a small seating area on the sidewalk, where neighbors can rest a spell, and admire Clematis ‘Burma Star’ growing in a large container. 

Mike Snyder Garden

C. 'Dawn' in bloom in Mike's garden.

C. 'Dawn' in bloom in Mike's garden.

Mike Snyder has lived in his house since shortly after he turned five years old.  His parents gardened as a form of relaxation, and grew mostly fruits and vegetables for fresh eating and canning. The garden was begun in its current form in 1993, with a goal of having an ornamental garden that looked as if it might have been created in the 1920's and 1930's. To achieve that look, much reliance was placed on climbing and shrub roses, clematis, lilacs, perennials, and traditional annuals such as sweet peas, although there is no shortage of newer "cool" things. The look is one of a very lushly planted garden. To give a feeling of being enclosed by the garden there are sixteen arches and several trellises, most supporting multiple roses and clematis.  Benches give you places where you can rest and take time to smell the roses as well as hear the music and the splash of the fountain.

Rogerson Clematis Garden


The Rogerson Clematis Collection Botanical Gardens at Luscher Farm occupies an acre and a half around the circa 1900 farmhouse. Most paths are ADA-accessible compacted gravel.

Over the past ten years, we have transformed the Luscher farm's orchard, garden and meadow into a horticultural showplace and botanical research site. Our Garden contains the most comprehensive collection of clematis within a public garden in North America. The Collection contains unique and exceptionally rare plants, as well as historic clematis and the newest hybrids. Gardens include the Heirloom Garden with pre-WWI clematis, roses and cottage garden plants; the Beech Tree's Garden with Japanese clematis species and cultivars in a bird-friendly setting with native plants and allies; the Front Bank Gravel Garden with plants that do well in hotter, drier conditions featuring many North American native clematis; the Baltic Border with clematis hybrids from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia; three beds of Polish Clematis bred by Noll and Franczak; clematis from the International Clematis Society's "Clematis for Beginners" list; the In-Steppe Garden features clematis native to the steppe regions of eastern Europe and central Asia, and their hybrids; west of the greenhouse re-blooming C. alpina and C. macropetalahybrids climb a 65'-long Viburnum tinus hedge; and the Founder's Garden located around the sundial, contains Brewster Rogerson's 40+ favorite clematis species and cultivars. There is also the test garden for your observation. The most recent addition is the Modern Garden planted in Fall of 2015 with over three hundred plants introduced since WWII.

The garden is designed for you to stroll at your leisure and learn interesting ways to integrate clematis into your own landscape. Docents will be available to answer questions at the Rogerson Garden and greenhouse. Dogs are welcome in the gardens on leashes, but NO dogs are allowed in the greenhouse, ever. Restrooms are available. You are welcome to take pictures.

There will be unusual clematis plants for sale in the FRCC greenhouse. Plants will also be for sale at Mike Snyder's garden.


Activity Schedule

Breakfast with Mick Darcy at the Garden: 8:30 am – 10:00  am

All Gardens Open for Tour:  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Plant Sales: We will have a nice selection of clematis plants for sale at the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm and at Mike Snyder's Garden.

Purchase Tickets

Tour tickets are $25 and available at select local nurseries and online below. Tickets for the Tour and “Breakfast with Mike Darcy” are $50 and only available online (below) prior to Tuesday May 23rd.  

Tour tickets will be available at select local nurseries after April 15, 2017.

Purchase tour tickets here:

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Join us for a wonderful day in the gardens!