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.
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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.landscape, Travel comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.