Last Stop: Stonecrop

Stonecrop Gardens was another of my destinations in the Great Garden Quest vacation in 2004 in the general area of the Hudson River Valley. August proved a good time to visit the gardens, which are located at an elevation of 1100 feet in the Hudson Highlands; it was cool and sunny, with crisp air. Stonecrop is open to the public except during late fall and winter, and at the time I visited you had to make an appointment to see it, although that is not the case any more.

(To see a larger version of any photo, simply click on the image.)

Created by Frank and Ann Cabot, Stonecrop Gardens is the “home garden” (formerly that of the Cabots themselves) of The Garden Conservancy and a fascinating public garden in its own right. Its 63 acres include over 500 species of Alpine plants; a 2000 square foot Conservatory, whose visually arresting appearance is the first sight to greet visitors who find their way there (not an easy task, as Stonecrop is somewhat off the beaten track); an English-style cottage garden with a central vegetable garden parterre; a large woodland garden; a Pond Garden complete with an enormous stand of Gunnera manicata (native to Brazil) which the garden staff takes great care to protect by mulching heavily each year before the onset of winter; and a collection of perennials as diverse as in any other public garden in the state. Don’t miss the Lake and Hillside Gardens, with cascading water leading down to a large man-made pool flanked by a grove of dawn redwood trees and weeping Katsura, and the Wisteria Pavilion.

Stonecrop Gardens is located in Cold Spring, NY and is open to the public Monday through Friday and the first and third Saturday of the month, from April to December. Internships are available at Stonecrop each year for individuals interested in a career in horticulture.

See the other Hudson River Valley posts:
Wave Hill
Opus 40

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7 Comments on “Last Stop: Stonecrop”

  1. Wonderful to see Stonecrop Gardens get some digital ink!!! One small correction: Stonecrop was indeed the home of Frank Cabot, whom we’re proud to claim as founder of the Garden Conservancy, but Stonecrop has never been the physical home of the Garden Conservancy itself. Our offices are located several miles away in the town of Cold Spring, NY.

  2. Melissa Says:

    Thanks for that correction, which I’ve just used to edit the post. I’ll be writing more about The Garden Conservancy and its Open Days tours in the coming months.

  3. Hello,

    What a beautiful garden. I always enjoy blogs with great photography. I would love to view the English Cottage Garden, although all your photos look wonderful. I found your blog on Blotanical – Welcome!

    • Melissa Says:

      It’s beautiful, although my photos of it from that trip are too contrast-y to show its August splendor. Photographing gardens in mid-day is very challenging. But I hope you can plan a visit in person. Thanks for the welcoming words.

  4. Nell Jean Says:

    Thank you for taking us to some of your favorite places. Wave Hill is one of my favs.

    I came here by way of Blotanical, where I hope you’ve looked under the Help tab to read the FAQs which will help in navigating what can be a difficult site. See you there!

    • Melissa Says:

      Thanks for the welcome to Blotanical, and for taking the time to comment on my Hudson River Valley posts. I’ve just started reading through those FAQs – you’re right, they can be pretty helpful. I look forward to seeing you there.

  5. Thank you for your comment on my blog. You have set up a fine example an interesting, readable blog with beautiful photographs. It’s nice to “find each other.”

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