Open Days, Plant Sale, Garden Extras, Educational Program, Edibles
Bird Haven Farm is a celebration of the vision and collector’s spirit of Janet Mavec and Wayne Nordberg. The barns, outbuildings, and original nineteenth-century stone house (home of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, creator of the Nancy Drew mystery stories) have been joined by a contemporary house designed by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson in the 1990s, and more recently by a guest house by Parsons + Fernandez-Casteleiro. The garden master plan was completed in 2002 by Fernando Caruncho, lending visual clarity to the cluster of disparate elements. Hardscaping by Dale Booher added clean lines of strategically placed stone walls, evolving Caruncho’s concept of a medieval village and a perfect haven for plants. With an overstory of large mature trees, the 25-acre landscape includes hay meadows, a lush orchard of heirloom apples and other fruit trees, an extensive vegetable and herb garden, and a perennial border designed by Lisa Stamm. Other features include a meandering woodland walk with cascading ponds, a mixed shrub border, a charming pond hut, as well as a grandchildren’s maze garden and elf’s stump. Requires a lot of walking. Parking across the street in the field.
Directions: From New York City, take Route 78 to Exit 24/Oldwick/Route 517. Turn right onto Route 517 North and go about 5.1 miles (through town of Oldwick). After passing large public school on left, look for Hollow Brook Road on right. Turn right and cross Fox Hill Road, continuing down a steep hill, to #38 Hollow Brook Road on right. Please park in field.
Open Days 2020: June 6 - CANCELED
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