Our garden was featured as a part of the Garden Conservancy open days program a couple of years ago which was fun. We were happy to open our garden to the public for such a great organization plus it gave us a good deadline to work towards on some bigger projects. The day arrived and the skies literally opened with such a deluge, I was sure that no one would venture out. It poured and poured and poured, plus it was absolutely freezing out too. But gardeners are a hardy bunch, so in spite of the weather tons of people of showed up (even a tour bus from Vancouver BC arrived which was a bit daunting). People wandered around with wellies and umbrellas full of questions and nice compliments. Plus we some got great tips from people who visited too. Like the recomendation of this great (of course I can't remember the variety) hardy geranium that adds a tangy heat to the cool greens and dark burgundies that serve as the backdrop to the entire garden. If you have an open garden program in your neighborhood or city, I'd highly recommend checking it out. It's a great way to see what other gardeners are doing to get some new ideas as well as some wonderful examples of what you surely want to avoid.