Open Days, Organic, Meadow, Water feature, Plant Collection
Acclaimed for its “Best Dahlias” by New York Magazine, Bear Creek Farm is quickly becoming the premier flower farm in the Hudson Valley. Realizing nature’s capacity to reduce stress and enhance overall wellness, the farm focuses on an innovative approach of integrating growing fields with living spaces. Each of the meadows and multiple growing areas has its own aesthetic. The recently renovated 120-year-old barn and grasses garden, now reconfigured as an event and performance venue, is a second-place winner in Westchester Home magazine and an HGTV “Faces of Design” finalist. The property invites you through an artful stone-pillared entrance along a long curving driveway framed by lilies, red maples, and river birches. The 150-year-old farmhouse is surrounded by impressive trees, including a 350-year-old sycamore, one of the largest in Dutchess County, dressed with an apron of spirea, as well as towering Norway spruces and unusual dawn redwoods. Wander among mature ninebark bushes framed by raspberry brambles, with an old trumpet vine and even older tractor-trailer converted to an over-sized flower box. Meander along pathways among crabapple, pear, and Katsura trees. There is a handmade stone grill and various pottery pieces from around the world. The natural pond, bordered by Little Wappingers Creek, is surrounded by willow bushes and has a grape vine arbor. It is also home to budding patches of milkweed to attract monarch butterflies. A new addition opposite the pond is a mid-century modern pool house. Of course surrounding everything are the flowers: hundreds of Japanese anemones, thousands of peonies, and acres and acres of dahlias. This eclectic property doesn’t have a single description, but rather is filled with a wide range of delights and discoveries.
Directions: From the Taconic State Parkway traveling north, take Route 44 East/Millbrook exit (sign also says Poughkeepsie, though you will have passed prior exits for that) and turn right at end of ramp. Go one mile, and turn left onto Route 82 north, just after mini-mall on left and only gas station on the left. Go seven miles to fork in the road (Stissing Bank in center), continue to bear left on Route 82 north, and slow down. On left, you will pass a house with a brown fence close to the road and our driveway is a bit hidden but marked by two small stone pillars just after the fenced house. Note: If you pass Carousel Antiques Center on right, you have gone too far.
Open Days 2020: October 3
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to this garden is $10 per person and children 12 and under are free.
Don't forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They 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
- This garden is handicap-accessible