Amble And Admire The View: Kinderhook Garden Stroll
By Lisa Green
Kinderhook, New York loves its Dutch ancestry. To quote ourselves, “Kinderhook has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to historical architecture.” We’ve previously written about the town’s more famous buildings. But this being garden tour season, Kinderhook wants to introduce visitors to a selected handful of rarely seen private gardens at some of the oldest Dutch houses in town.
On Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Village of Kinderhook Office of Economic Development is sponsoring a Garden Stroll at five spectacular properties. Not solely a garden tour, it’s also the opportunity to see up close some of Kinderhook’s collection of preserved 18th and 19th-century homes.
One of them belongs to Sigrid Gray, former horticulture director of The Battery Conservancy in New York City for 15 years, as well as a gardener at the Cooper Hewitt and Smithsonian Design Museum. She relocated to Kinderhook in 2012 and chose the house in the historic district precisely because she could see its garden potential, which she’s since brought to fruition. Gray will be offering “The Naturalistic Garden” Walk and Talk at her property. It’s a stunning naturalistic garden, with an intermingling of ornamental and edible plants, foliage and bloom.
Other properties on the tour include a cottage-style garden at a 1756 stone Dutch house with Federal brick and clapboard additions; a ramble alongside and behind a circa 1840 Federal home; and a formal boxwood-and-yew courtyard garden inside the walls of a Dutch home built in 1766.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Saturday in Kinderhook without its farmers market, and the always vibrant and schmooze-filled gathering will offer tastings of wine, spirits and cider, plus performances of Carapace Farm Puppetry. As they say, something for everyone.
Proceeds will benefit beautification projects throughout the Village of Kinderhook.
Village of Kinderhook, NY
Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets, $20 , available from 9 a.m. in Kinderhook Village Square