Broccoli Hall—Maxine Paetro

Broccoli Hall—Maxine Paetro

Amenia, NY
Meadow, Water feature, Garden structure/sculpture, Fruit/vegetables, Historic garden, Organic/toxin-free, Rare plants/plant collection, Scenic view, Substantial native plants, Woodland/shade garden

Garden owner's description: Visitors to Broccoli Hall describe this English-style cottage garden as “incredible,” “inspirational,” “magical”—and they come back again and again. Starting in 1985 with 1.5 acres of bare earth, Maxine Paetro collaborated with horticulturist Tim Steinhoff to create a series of enchanting garden rooms. Broccoli Hall offers an apple tunnel; a brick courtyard; a lavish  display of spring bulbs blooming with crabapples in May; an extensive border of irises, peonies, and old shrub roses flowering in June; a tree house with long views; and a secret woodland garden with a teddy bears’ picnic. We have some whimsical rustic carvings by woodsman/artisan Hoppy Quick: new bears, new stairs, new chairs, and some exceptionally charming bird feeders.

In 2010, Broccoli Hall was expanded to five acres and two new mud ponds were installed. This is where we began a breeding program-but we don’t sell our fish. To see the “elusive kishusui” project in progress, go to We look forward to seeing you in the garden in 2021!

Photos and magazine stories about Broccoli Hall can be viewed at

Open Days 2021: Saturday, June 19
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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


Wheelchair access is partial.


  • Partial wheelchair access

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