As we promised, and just in time for Arbor Day this Friday, we’re going to take a trek across Dutchess County. From here at Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast in Amenia, NY, to the easter shore of the Hudson River. We will visit five gardens, one here in Amenia, two in Millbrooke and two in Hyde Park. Gardens as interesting if not more so, than pre-opening Broadway plays. For those who love gardens, every season is a wonder, and the changes in budding, to blooming to off-season quietude offer visitors great insight and real time in-the-moment experiences. So “best times to view” aside, take the risk and get out to herald in the season.
We start close to home at Wethersfield Gardens:
Wethersfield is located in Amenia, NY at 214 Pugsley Hill Road. It was originally the country estate of Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907-1989), left to Homeland Foundation, a not for profit organized by Mr. Stillman in 1938. After Mr. Stillman’s death in 1989, Wethersfield was opened to the public for open space and scenic enjoyment. Mr. Stillman named his farm after Wethersfield, Connecticut, where his ancestors had settled in the late 1600s.
Wethersfield occupies 1,200 acres in Northeast Dutchess County and consists of–
Wethersfield House Museum, Gardens, Carriage House, and Farm. The House, Museum, and Gardens are situated at an elevation of 1,200 ft., the highest point in the region, which provides panoramic views of the Catskills to the west and the Berkshires to the north.
Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Noon to 5PM; June –September. (845) 373-8037
Local Activities Prior to June opening:
Fri. April 25 – 9am-noon
Arbor Day – Pine Plains Science class, planting tree
Sat. May 3 – 9am-noon
Spring Conditioning Ride and
Tack Swap & Shop
Fri. May 16 – Sun. May 18
Amenia Cub Scouts Campout
Sun. May 18 – 10am
Carriage Conditioning Ride
$12 per person, $10 Seniors and Students 13-18 years of age.
$8 per person for groups of 3 or more
Garden, Carriage House, and Main House-
$20 for adults, $15 for Seniors and Students, $12 per person for groups of 3 or more
Advanced Reservations are required to tour the buildings.
Children ages 12 and under are free.
Here’s a link to the slideshow of the gardens on the Wethersfield.org site: copy and paste into your finder: http://www.wethersfieldgarden.org/garden-slideshow.html