Hollister House is a romantic country garden created by George Schoellkopf. Its brilliance celebrates the integration of the vernacular with a connoisseur’s approach, marrying the formal with the informal, the best of twentieth-century English gardens with an eighteenth-century New England farmstead. The Garden Conservancy is working to plan and facilitate the property’s transition to nonprofit ownership and as a public place to gather and to learn.
Finding Freedom in Structure, Fine Gardening, June 2013, by George Schoellkopf
American Dream, Gardens Illustrated, Issue 193, January 2013
Hollister Homestead Named to Register of Historic Places, Voices Weekender, March 26, 2011
Watch a beautiful video clip of Hollister House Garden from the Martha Stewart Show, May 18, 2010.
1760: The original saltbox farmhouse is constructed and named after the builder, Samuel Hollister
1978: George Schoellkopf, a collector and dealer of 17th-, 18th- and 19th-Century American decorative and folk art, buys the 27-acre property. He begins to restore the house in authentic and elegant 18th-Century style and to create a garden and landscape that establish a basic sense of formality yet stays true to the New England countryside
2004: Working with the Garden Conservancy, the owner and a group of citizens form Hollister House Garden, Inc., a nonprofit organization that will eventually assume stewardship of the property
2005: George Schoellkopf formally pledges the gift of the house, garden, and 27 acres to Hollister House Garden, Inc. and commits to creating an endowment fund, with a minimum of $2 million to go toward maintaining the property in perpetuity
2006: Tessa Izenour, a Marco Polo Stufano Garden Conservancy Fellow, helps open up new garden areas and creates a comprehensive database of garden plants
2008: The first Hollister House Study Weekend, Transatlantic Connections: Creating a Personal Garden Style, is co-sponsored with the Garden Conservancy
2009: Dig It! Magazine describes Hollister House Garden as having "constant, yet soothing, views of texture and shapes, of colors that mingle and flavor the air. It is arresting arrangements and paths that change immediately, yet unhurriedly, from one step to the next. It is slight elevation that presents elegance spread out before you. Close up views are of sculpted, tamed plants, plants gone wild, plants that form melding, lazy relationships – one up against the other like kids playfully rubbing shoulders, plants I’ve never seen before. It is green grass used perfectly. It is sharing, co-habitation, stateliness, royalty, and detail – and definitely romance and history. It is a garden of genius."
The Martha Stewart Show (May 18) features a visit to Hollister House Garden, including an interview with George Schoellkopf.
Second Hollister House Study Weekend, Private Eye: Personal Expression in the Garden, held in August.
Hollister House Homestead listed on National Register of Historic Places.
In 2013, the garden will be open every Saturday from May 4 through September 28
May and September, 10 - noon and 2 - 5 p.m.
June, July, and August, 8 - 10 a.m. and 3 - 6 p.m.
Admission and Tours
Suggested donation, $5 per person.
Group tours available by appointment; please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860.868.2200.
Garden Conservancy Open Days, $5 per person
June 15, 8-10 a.m.and 3-6 p.m.
June 16, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
June 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The garden is located in the Litchfield hills of northwest Connecticut at 300 Nettleton Hollow Road, Washington, CT 06794.
For directions, parking, and additional information, please visit the Hollister House Garden website.