A Celebration of Private Gardens
Saturday, July 14th, 2018
10am – 4pm • Rain or Shine
$25.00 per person
Online ticket purchase is now closed.
Please purchase on the day of the tour at our Information Station at Amenia Town Hall.
Information and Ticket Purchase
Saturday, July 14th from 9am–3pm
Town of Amenia Town Hall
4988 Route 22, Amenia, NY 12501
The Gardens at Town Hall, designed by Marsha Kaufman, were donated by Kenneth Monteiro and Leo Blackman (see Neverest) to Amenia in celebration of their 2012 wedding. Prior to the planting of these beautiful gardens, the Town Hall did not feature any decorative landscaping. The garden blooms are primarily white and intended to be low maintenance. Flowering crabapples echo those along the Town's main streets. Plantings include: dogwood trees, red stemmed dogwoods, hydrangea cultivars, catmint, anemone and grasses for late-season interest. Plants and flowers in the large pots at the building’s main entrance are changed twice a year. New benches provide a place to sit, talk or wait, and emphasize the existing engraved plaque at the south end of the front façade. Apparently this spot has become popular for wedding photos.
THE AMENIA GARDEN CLUB is pleased to present our 2018 Garden Tour:
A Celebration of Private Gardens will take you to Millbrook, Amenia and Sharon and will include these gardens:
Squirrel Hall | Michael Poulin | Millbrook, NY
Squirrel Hall is a surprisingly witty garden, formally designed on a tiny village lot of less than one acre. The central axis is defined by an allée of sixteen hornbeams with two secret niches. The garden is organized into a series of rooms with features usually reserved for large estates. The front lawn is enclosed by shrubs and an asparagus bed. A boxwood walkway leads to the front door as well as through an antique gate to the sunken garden, across the gravel and up the steps to a pavilion terrace and dining courtyard. Walk a few more steps up to the allée. The apiary is to the east, the petite orchard to the west, and a border of peonies is enclosed by a collection of hydrangea and other shrubs to the north. Two English terra-cotta chimneys mark the entrance to a secret woodland stroll garden featuring hemlocks, shade-loving perennials and shrubs, and a bungalow.
Broccoli Hall | Maxine Paetro | Amenia, NY
Visitors to Broccoli Hall describe this English-style cottage garden as “incredible,” “inspirational,” “magical”—and they come back again and again. Starting in 1985 with one-and-one-half acres of bare earth, Maxine Paetro collaborated with horticulturist Tim Steinhoff to create a series of enchanting garden “rooms.” Broccoli Hall offers an apple tunnel, a brick courtyard, a lavish display of spring bulbs blooming with crabapples in May; an extensive border of irises, peonies, and old shrub roses flowering in June; a tree house with long views; and a secret woodland garden with a teddy bears’ picnic. We have some whimsical rustic carvings by woodsman/artisan Hoppy Quick; new bears, new stairs, new chairs, and some exceptionally charming bird feeders. Photos and magazine stories about Broccoli Hall can be viewed at www.broccolihall.com. In 2010, Broccoli Hall was expanded to five acres and two new mud ponds were installed. This is where we began a breeding program—but we don't sell our fish.
Special Program: At 11.00am. Maxine will present the story of the development of her garden as a unique place, will introduce her special Koi breeding program, and answer your questions. Yes, you will see them up close! To see the "elusive ki shusui" project in progress, go to www.kishusui.com.
Jade Hill | Paul Arcario & Don Walker | Amenia NY
Starting as a rocky hillside that was mostly lawn, Jade Hill has grown into a stroll garden designed to be a tapestry of texture and color. Favorite plants went in first: Japanese maples, conifers, and a bamboo grove. Innumerable wheelbarrows of compost and mulch (wheeled uphill!) helped create beds of shrubs and perennials; hand-dug pools were put in for goldfish and lotus. The main bed along the driveway is anchored by golden barberries and purple smoke trees (coppiced each year)—with roses, peonies, Siberian irises, phlox, and other perennials filling in—and backed by a 'Purple Fountain' weeping beech. Jade Hill borders the wetlands that were once Lake Amenia, and the property is on the site of what was intended to become a lakeside community consisting of dozens of small lots. Over the years, Paul and Don were able to acquire some of the adjacent parcels, which quickly became new garden rooms. One addition was the rose garden; another was a gold-themed garden, viewed from a cantilevered “Oriental” pavilion meant to show off carved wooden window panels purchased years ago at a flea market. This year the garden is recovering from extensive tree damage from our series of March nor’easters, so there are a few bare spots with new plantings in the works! The garden was featured in the September 2006 issue of Better Homes & Gardens and the July 2007 issue of Hudson Valley magazine. www.jadehillamenia.com
Neverest | Kenneth Monteiro & Leo Blackman | Wassaic, NY
When Ken and Leo first saw their house in Wassaic fifteen years ago, the entire property was covered with two feet of snow. When it melted, they discovered the creek, the patio, lots of weeds and how clueless they both were about gardening. Luckily, the solution was right across the street -designer and dear friend, Marsha Kaufman. Since then, Ken and Leo have built dry-laid stone walls and terraces planted with native woodland species, shade walks, lots of borders & beds, Ken's large enclosed heavily-used vegetable garden, Leo's cutting garden, two entry gardens, two fountains, a sunken courtyard, herb garden, screen porch, pump house, and berry house. Marsha selected and laid out all the plantings, which feature accents of chartreuse and purple. Using raspberries from an existing recently tamed bramble, Ken makes ice-cream and shortcakes. There is a rain garden across the road, to screen a sitting area along the Wassaic Creek, where Carmella and Brutus swim daily. However Ken & Leo don't sit down often.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church | Food of Life Pantry and Giving Garden
Rev. Betsey Fisher, Executive Director | Jim Wright, Giving Garden | Amenia NY
This stop on the Garden Tour offers three parts: The Esther Pollard Parish House, St. Thomas Church and the Giving Garden. The Food of Life/Comida de Vida Food Pantry launched in 2009 at the Ester Pollard Parish House was created in response to the financial collapse that affected many of our neighbors. Open every Friday from 3-5pm, the Food Pantry provides three days of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) to every person who comes through the doors, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Meals include meat, dairy, bread, eggs, non-perishable food and fresh organic produce grown in the Giving Garden, the newest outreach project of St. Thomas. The Giving Garden was inaugurated in 2014 as a place where the community can come together and help alleviate hunger. All of the fresh produce grown in the 16 oversized raised beds is distributed each week at the Food of Life Food Pantry. Both the Food of Life/Comida de Vida Food Pantry and Giving Garden are made possible by volunteers. St. Thomas Church was built between 1850 and 1852, from a design by noted architect Richard Upjohn, the designer of Trinity Church in NYC. With two beautiful Tiffany windows, St. Thomas Church is considered one of the finest examples of the "Gothic Revival" style that became popular in the second half of the nineteenth century. The air conditioned Parish House will be available for rest stops and a cool space if you'd like to bring your lunch. The church will also be open. It was built between 1850 and 1852, from a design by noted architect Richard Upjohn, the designer of Trinity Church in NYC. https://www.stthomasamenia.com/
Phantom’s Rock | Wendy Goidel | Amenia, NY
This 30-acre parcel on the south side of Macedonia Mountain was purchased in 2004. Since then, Wendy has built an energy efficient home and art studio perched on a rock ledge that affords stunning views across Bog Hollow to the mountains beyond. The original gardens were designed by Andy Durbridge. The plentiful slabs of native gneiss rock provide structural elements to the gardens that surround the home. The terraced vegetable garden above the driveway features foxgloves, delphinium, sage and lavender. Below is a meadow with a mix of wildflowers and native grasses such as switchgrass, Indian grass, and little blue stem designed to source the neighbor’s honeybees. At the far side of the meadow is an array of solar panels.
Special Program at 2.00pm: "Don't Be Afraid of Your Flowers”
Garden owner/host, and professional floral designer, Wendy Goidel shows how arranging material from your own garden should not be intimidating, but fun.
Troutbeck | Amenia, NY 12501
Situated on 45 bucolic acres in Amenia, NY, Troutbeck has always been a convening place. Beloved by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, John Burroughs, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Gov. Teddy Roosevelt and Lewis Mumford, amongst others, Troutbeck was central to the civil liberties movement, led by such luminaries as Sinclair Lewis, W.E.B Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall and Langston Hughes. Troutbeck is a living house that values its history and looks to the future, reoriented for how we live, work, relax and socialize today.
The gateway to the upstate cultural and creative corridor, the re-envisioned and carefully updated Troutbeck is again what it was to so many before: inspiration, respite, restoration, folly, community, nature and nurture – carrying forward its 250-year legacy of hospitality. Historic details remain amongst contemporary updates, found and antique furnishings - as though collected over generations. And, now, in the hands of a new generation, the house, grounds and services all reflect a certain ease, promoting a social and relaxed atmosphere. www.troutbeck.com
The Inn and gardens will be open all day for ticket holders to visit and enjoy. Hosts will be on hand for questions, and the restaurant will be open.
A special lunch is offered, only if booked in advance. The advance cost is $35., and can be reserved by calling 845-789-1555.
Starter: hummus plate
Main: Quiche and greens OR spring pea toast and greens OR BBQ Chicken & greens
Fresh lemonade / iced tea included
Other beverages a la carte
Cobble Pond Farm | Kathleen Metz | Sharon, CT
PLEASE NOTE; THIS GARDEN IS ONLY OPEN FROM 1.00 TILL 4.00
The garden features both formal and informal herbaceous borders. Several garden rooms in pastoral settings are defined and accented by stone walls, clipped yews, sweeping lawns, mature maples, a centenary copper beech and gingko, dawn redwood (Metasequoia), and European birches. Unusual species have been added, which enhance the borders. From 1929 to 1950, the summer house, stone walls, terraces, and tree plantings were designed and overseen by Warren Manning, Percival Gallagher, and E.C. Whiting of the Olmsted firm, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. In spring, the borders feature lively bulb combinations. The colorful raised beds in the vegetable garden add whimsy to the design, which continues to reflect the Olmsted plan.