Two writers, Abby Adams, who writes about gardens and interiors, and her late husband, crime novelist Donald Westlake, authored the various plantings on this former farm in a pastoral Columbia County valley. The gardens have evolved over twenty-five years reflecting the owners’ deepening involvement with the larger landscape. Flower beds, a walled swimming pool enclosure, an ornamental frog pond, and a courtyard herb garden frame the 1835 farmhouse. A small orchard and a cutting garden/vegetable plot continue the farming tradition. Behind the house, strategically placed paths and sitting areas guide the visitor through the landscape to a deep natural ravine where a spring-fed pond faces a field of wildflowers. A winding creek has recently been liberated from its tangle of thorny multiflora roses to be replaced by wild and native plant species. Above the ravine, high meadows offer sweeping views.
Directions: At the request of the Garden Host, directions to this garden are provided at additional gardens open on this date, or by calling the Garden Conservancy office toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.
Open Days 2017: June 24
Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to this garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.
Buy discounted admission tickets in advance! They never expire and can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.
Nonmembers get 6 visits for the price of 5 with advanced ticket book purchase.
Members get 50% off ONLY by purchasing ticket books in advance.
- This garden allows photography