Belinda & Stephen Kaye

Millbrook, NY
Meadow, Water feature, Rare plants/plant collection, Woodland/shade garden, Nature-friendly

Recently we were able to purchase adjacent property with a pond we’d overlooked for 45 years. Dredging the pond of 100 years of silt was the first improvement we made. Then aquatic plants went in, including native lotus, which are now rapidly taking over. The shrubby willows we planted around the perimeter attract innumerable birds. The addition of the pond greatly expands the scope of a garden that was originally  designed around a lily pool and Carpenter Gothic potting shed at the entryway to our house. Here, an informal parterre is planted with ornamental vegetables, annuals, and perennials.

Over the years we’ve added a mini-rock garden/trough collection at the side of the house, and a fountain by a local sculptor by the back porch. A shrubbery on a berm between the road and front lawn also evolved to screen out noise and dust. We continue to tweak and upgrade this wild area, leading down to a playhouse and a mowed path around the pond.    

Open Days 2021: Saturday, July 10
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

 

  • Partial wheelchair access

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