Garden of Anne Spiegel

Wappingers Falls, NY
Alpine/rock garden, Rare plants/plant collection, Water feature

The dramatic natural setting of this rock garden is the first thing visitors notice. The massive and beautiful outcrop has been enhanced by a series of stonewalled raised beds constructed on stepped ledges and cliffs and planted with choice specimens. Included in the extensive screes and sand beds will be found alpines on many a rock gardener's wish list: astragalus, oxytropis, and penstemon are exceptionally well represented, but the list could go on. The north end of the garden had to be rebuilt after the tornado of 2000; the south end has been extended and developed into a series of tufa and crevice beds which have reached the top of the cliff, and the natural crevices on the back of the cliff are now being planted. The sunny and windy garden is never watered because of an inadequate well, and there is continuing experimentation with xerophytic and drought-tolerant plants. There is also a separate fenced stream garden, home to plants that like wet feet, and a new area beyond the north end of the cliff is being developed for hellebores and other shade lovers. This garden is a testament to both Nature and Nurture: the site is spectacular, but the dedicated hand of the gardener is everywhere adeptly and discreetly in evidence. The garden received the prestigious Linc and Timmy Foster Millstream Garden Award in 2011 from the National Rock Garden Society. Garden is partially accessible.

Open Days 2022: Saturday, May 7
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

REGISTRATION
Members $5 per person; General admission $10. Children 12 and under free. 

  • This garden allows photography
  • Partial wheelchair access

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