Some Secret and Not So Secret Gardens

Friends of Taconic State Park. 518 966 2730. Supporting the activities of the Taconic State Park. Copake Falls, NY. Promoting recreational, historic, educational and cultural activities. Advocating for the maintenance and improvement of its facilities and programs becoming a voice for the park by acting as a liaison with governmental bodies, institutions, schools, businesses, regional groups and their organizations of common concern.

  • June 8. Take a “Walk on the Wild Side.” Botanist and northeast wildflower authority, Robert Naczi, of the NY Botanical Garden, leads a wildflower walk in Taconic State Park. Info: 518 966 2730.
  • July 25. 5th Annual meeting and potluck supper at Copake Iron Works. 6 p.m. Details to be announced.
  • September 22. Hidden Valley Hike with Hudson Valley Ramble. Details to be announced.

Stonecrop Gardens. Cold Spring, NY. 845 265 2000. Open Monday – Saturday. 10-5. Consists of 12 acres of gardens at a windswept elevation of 1,100 in the Hudson Highlands. See a diverse collection of plants conservatory, enclosed flower garden, woodland garden, Mediterranean garden, alpine rock ledge. Guided group tours available. Plus “Open Days” June 23, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 13. Join them for tea in the garden noon-4 p.m.

The Beatrix Ferrand Garden at Bellefield. Hyde Park, NY. Free. 7 days/wk. 7 a.m. – sundown. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. 4097 Albany Post Road, Route 9. Hyde Park.

Weathersfield. 214 Pugsley Hill Road. Amenia, NY. Sunday, June 30. Part of Garden Conservancy’s open days program. 10 acres of formal classical style and outer gardens surround Chauncey Stillman’s Georgian style brick house. Garden open 10-4. Garden tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. House open for viewing 12-2. Admission $5.

Bard College. Blithewood Road. Red Hook, NY. 845 758 7179. Blithewood Garden. Turn of the century Italianate walled garden overlooking the Hudson River. The grounds began their metamorphosis from untamed woods into a carefully landscaped estate in the late 1830s and Andrew Jackson Downing was commissioned to design the grounds. Open seasonally, May-November.

Hudson River mansions, Innisfree, Vassar College – Arboretum and Shakespeare Garden.

Garden Club of Amenia, Ltd. Lecture series.

  • June 15. 2 p.m. Roses, with a viewing of two local rose gardens. Presenter: Paul Arcario. All lectures held 3rd Saturday of the month 2-4 at Amenia Town Hall, Route 22. Amenia, NY. Free.

Hidden Gardens of Amenia. Saturday, July 13. As many as 15 gardens. Keep your eyes open for when tickets go on sale.

Horticulture Magazine. Features “Gardeners on the Go.” Great gardening ideas, time saving tips and garden travel inspiration. Free weekly smart gardening e-news letter. Packed with timely tips and plant recommendations, plus quick links to great deals.

Whiteflower Farm. Litchfield, CT. Open 9-5:30. 860 567 8789. June 22. 9-5. Open house. Iced tea and cucumber sandwiches on the lawn. Serving at 2:30. The display gardens should be close to peak and the Begonia House will be hitting its stride. More info

Florence Griswold Museum. Historic gardens and grounds of Miss Florence’s boardinghouse for artists. Delight in the landscape made famous by the Lyme Art Colony. 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT. off exit 70 of I95. 860 434 5542.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Stamford, CT. 118 acres include trails, 300 ft. boardwalk for strollers or wheelchairs. A garden with plants indigenous to CT at entrance of the boardwalk. Property includes flowers, shrubs, trees, groundcovers, as well as a lake, waterfall, fountain, sculpture, and farm with organic flower and vegetable garden.

Hollister House Garden. 300 Nettleton Hollow Road. 860 868 2200. Group tours contact Set against an historic CT farmhouse, this romantic country garden juxtaposes exuberant plantings with formal lines of the 20th century English gardens that inspired its owner George Schoelikopf and is noted for its subtle and sometimes surprising color  combinations. High walls and hedges divide the garden into series of rooms that open onto interesting vistas. Several areas of this Garden Conservancy Preservation Project have been recently revised and expanded to include a kitchen garden and hillside paths.

Berkshire Botanical Garden.  5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA 01262. 413 298 3926.

  • June 8. 4 p.m. Tasting Terroir: A Story of Earth, Wine and Human Hope. Wine tasting, book signing and sale to follow talk.
  • June 15. At Home in a Potager Garden.
  • June 20. 10:30-12:30 p.m. Native Knowledge. Learning about native plants at Nasami Farm.
  • July 8-29. 10-1. The Garden in Watercolors, Session I. En Plein Air Watercolor Painting In the Summer Garden.
  • July 11. 10-12. Collecting Woody Plants Propagation Workshop.
  • July 18. 9:30-12:30. Meadow Gardening at Its Very Best.
  • August 1 and 2. 10-4. Landscape Painting with John McDonald.
  • August 5-26. 10-1. The Garden in Watercolor, Session II. En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden.
  • August 7. 4 p.m. Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens. Book sale and signing to follow lecture.
  • August 15. 10-5. Standing Stones in the Garden Stone-Carving Workshop. Tools and materials provided. Bring bagged lunch, safety goggles and dress for working.
  • August 22. 10:30-12:30. Seed saving in your New England Garden.
  • August 22 and 23. 10-4. Botanical Painting with Watercolor. Master class with Carol Woodin
  • October 5 and 6. 10-5. Fall in the Berkshires at its very best. Live music, crafts, food, rides, silent auction, plant sale, tag sale, farmers market, fun for the kids.
  • See their web site for other events added throughout the year.




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