Garden Tours and Horticulture
One of the Hudson Valley's best summer activities in 2013
The warmer weather has (finally) arrived, and plants are again in bloom. Explore these Valley horticultural gems — and keep your eyes open for local garden tours. Our favorites: the Putnam County Secret Garden Tour (June 8, www.partnerswithparc.info), and the Gardens of Goshen Tour and Luncheon (June 15, www.stjamesgoshen.org).
Spread over 12 acres, this property originally belonged to garden designer Frank Cabot and his wife Anne. Open to the public since 1992, Stonecrop includes woodlands, water gardens, raised alpine stone beds, cliff rock gardens, and an English-style flower garden. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5.
Cold Spring. 845-265-2000; www.stonecrop.org
Mountain Top Arboretum
Sitting 2,400 feet above sea level, the arboretum comprises 179 acres of native trees, wildflowers, and shrubs that coexist with transplants tough enough to thrive in the Catskills. Embark on a self-guided walking tour — or paint, draw, or birdwatch (all are highly encouraged). Open daily, dawn to dusk.
Tannersville. 518-589-3903; www.mtarboretum.org
Inspired by Chinese “cup gardens,” this 185-acre property centers around a large glacial lake. Distinctive plantings and water features combine with rolling hills and the rock-strewn landscape. Opens May 7; Wed.-Sun., call for hours. $4 weekdays, $5 weekends.
Millbrook. 845-677-8000; www.innisfreegarden.org
Vanderbilt Estate Gardens
Gilded Age tycoon Frederick Vanderbilt himself established the Italianate gardens around his grand mansion. The terraced landscape features a large variety of perennials; the original rose garden included more than 2,000 “vintage” rose bushes. The annual plant sale takes place on Memorial Day weekend (see page 152 for details). Open daily, sunrise-sunset.
Hyde Park. 845-229-9115, ext. 2010; www.nps.gov/vama/index.htm