5 Public Gardens to Visit in the Hudson Valley
This spring, get out and about in the Valley at local floral paradises.
Garden Photo Courtesy of Friends of Clermont
1 Clermont Ave, Germantown, 518.537.6622
This 500-acre estate offers stunning views of the Hudson River from the South Spring Garden, Italian-inspired floral designs within the Walled Garden, and a fish pond as the centerpiece of the Wilderness Garden. Guided tours and hiking trails are also available.
Admission: gardens, free; tours, $7/person
2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, 845.454.4500
This 200-acre estate showcases an Italianate villa designed in 1851 for artist/inventor Samuel Morse. The historic 20th-century mansion features Hudson River School paintings and early 19th-century American furniture; a permanent exhibit explores Morse's careers as an artist and inventor. Visitors can learn about fruits and vegetables that used to be grown on the estate at the Heritage Vegetable Garden. There's also a half-acre ornamental garden with the largest collection of peonies in the area.
Season: visitor's center open weekdays Jan-March, mansion open weekend in April and daily after May
Admission: grounds/garden, free; mansion tours, $12/adult and $6/child
1601 NY-9D, Garrison, 845.265.3638
Visitors may follow the brick path through this 60-acre property, which leads to herb gardens, an extraordinary rose garden, and the front lawn, which offers views of the Hudson River.
Season: mid-April to December
Admission: free for members, $12/adult, $10/senior, $6/child ages 5-18
81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring, 845.265.2000
The entire 60-acre property includes woodland and water gardens, raised alpine stone beds, cliff rock gardens, and a breathtaking enclosed English-style flower garden. The Conservatory, which is included in the admission price, displays greenhouses of alpines, tropicals, and succulents.
Season: April 2-October 31
Admission: $10/adult, $5/senior, $5/child ages 3-18
945 N Broadway, Yonkers, 914.613.4502
The Walled Garden is just one of the magnificent aspects that this 43-acre City of Yonkers park has to offer. With an amphitheater and large reflecting pool filled with goldfish and koi, the garden also features Japanese hollies and colorful tulips bordering the area during the spring. Take a walk down the stairs of The Vista to a breathtaking view of the Hudson. In the 40 years that Samuel Untermyer owned the property (from 1899 until his death), it was considered one of the most celebrated gardens in America.
Season: open year-round, closed in icy conditions
This article first appeared in our April 2018 issue and has been updated for February 2019.