The Hudson Valley and its picturesque gardens have long served as inspiration for artists and writers alike. But the magnificence of our gardens can be enjoyed by anyone. Here are some of our favorite gardens to visit this spring:
Considered one of best gardens in world, Innisfree Gardens in Millbrook is a prime example of mid-twentieth century design. Created by landscape architect Lester Collins, it merges Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles. Click here for more information.
Clermont State Historic Site
Clermont in Germantown was the seat of the notable Livingston family for more than 230 years. Seven successive generations of the family have left their mark on the property, including the gardens. Click here for more information.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook is one of the largest ecological programs in the world. Set on nearly 2,000 acres, it offers visitors a range of recreational and learning experiences. According to their website, most of the grounds are set aside for field studies, but parts of the campus have been reserved for public education and enjoyment. We recommend picnicking on the Fern Glen Deck. Click here for more information.
Poets’ Walk Park
Discover why Poets’ Walk Park in Red Hook has long been an inspiration for artists and musicians alike. Landscape architect Hans Jacob Ehlers created it in honor of Washington Irving and other literary figures who are said to have walked there. According to their website, legend has it that Irving came up with the idea for “Rip Van Winkle” there while gazing at the Catskill Mountains. Today, the park features two miles of trails through woods and rolling meadows with rustic cedar pavilions, footbridges and benches. Click here for more information.
These are just some of our favorite gardens, however there are so many more to explore from FDR’s home in Hyde Park to Wilderstein in Rhinebeck. For even more suggestions, check out Hudson Valley Voyager’s list and Historic Hudson Valley’s “Great Gardens in the Hudson Valley.”