Open Days, Water feature, Plant Collection
The gardens are 34 years old and mostly mature; although, like any garden, it is ever-changing and evolving. The gardens are on an average-sized, very flat suburban lot. They reflect my love of plant material and gardening in general. Over time, the biggest challenge has been to create interest where there wasn’t much to pull you in. When purchased in 1985, the property had already become out of control with giant yews, cedars, magnolias, Austrian pines, junipers—and feral cats. The first order of business was to decide what was to remain. We kept one juniper, a row of cedars, and a thirty-foot yew (yes! a thirty-foot yew!). The “yew tree” became one of the highlights of the back yard with it’s orange/red bark and interesting configuration. Other areas began to develop character over time. Two diseased Austrian pines became a sitting area; cedar trunks were used to make an archway; rocks from a small pond that we hand dug were placed to define garden paths. We then focused on creating connections and a good flow between the various areas. Evergreens were used as the common themes across the whole property. Dwarf conifers are a favorite and they light up the landscape in the bleak winter months. There are also many Japanese maples (however, they were greatly reduced with the winter of 2015-2016), peonies, hydrangeas, and perennials. The garden style is taken from nature with much layering and use of all available space. Hopefully, those who also have an average-size site will be able to find ways to create their own park or arboretum. This is a garden to be viewed leisurely, as there is much to see—especially if you, too, are a conifer enthusiast.
Directions: From New York State Thruway take Exit 34A to I-481 south toward DeWitt. Merge onto East Genesee Street/Route 5E/Route 92 via Exit 3E towards Fayetteville. Turn left onto Lyndon Road. From south of Syracuse, take I-81 to I-481 north via Exit 16A towards DeWitt. Proceed as directed above. From north of Syracuse, take I-81 to I-481 south towards DeWitt. Proceed as directed above.
Open Days 2019: September 15
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