2014 Garden Conservancy Open Days
Wildflower authority Carol Gracie (top) joins Margaret Roach (bottom) in Copake Falls on June 7. Collage courtesy of Margaret Roach.
By Amy Krzanik
Columbia County’s next open day is set for Saturday, June 7, when three private gardens, including the aforementioned Roach’s, will be open to the public. The author and former Martha Stewart Living gardening editor will offer tours of her 365-day, foliage-filled garden (above), as well as host a rare-plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery and sponsor a wildflower lecture by acclaimed botanist Carol Gracie just down the road at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness.
On the same day, in Claverack, Peter Bevacqua and Stephen King invite guests to view their ever-evolving, two-acre plot that features a sun garden, a fern garden, an evening garden and many unusual trees and shrubs. Stop by to see, in real life, the garden that’s been featured in the New York Times, Berkshire Living magazine, and Jane Garmey’s recently published Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley.
The lush gardens of Broccoli Hall in Amenia will be open for viewing on June 14.
Closer to town, Hudson Hood – an urban shotgun-style garden in the middle of the city – will welcome visitors to walk through its wide range of topiaries of holly, boxwood, spruce, privet and heather, along with its “exotic jungle” of summer grasses, “Modernist-inspired” sunken garden with koi pond and collection of contemporary sculptures.
Dutchess and Litchfield Counties will have their next open days on June 14. In Dutchess County, Maxine Pietro opens up Broccoli Hall, where guests can walk through an apple tunnel into a garden of irises, peonies, and shrub roses, then on to a treehouse and a secret, woodland garden complete with a teddy bears’ picnic.
In addition, Smithfield Cottage in Millerton will feature an art sale with proceeds benefiting The Garden Conservancy, and Wethersfield’s public garden in Amenia will offer a discounted admission price for the day.
June 14th’s open day in Litchfield County includes tours of Mount Kenrick in New Preston and Washington Hill in Barkhamsted, whose signature feature in June is the native mountain laurel that completely covers the perimeter of the property and the adjacent woodland.
June 7: Columbia County Open Day
June 14: Dutchess & Litchfield Counties Open Day
June 21: Litchfield County Open Day
June 28: Columbia County Open Day
Most gardens are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on their appointed days, but be sure to check The Garden Conservancy website for exceptions, as well as driving instructions, and future open days throughout the summer.
Admission: $5 at each location; all proceeds go to The Garden Conservancy.