Clove Brook Farm – Christopher Spitzmiller

Millbrook, NY
Open Days, Water feature, Plant Collection, Garden Extras, Edibles

The garden at Clove Brook Farm was designed by P. Allen Smith in collaboration with potter Christopher Spitzmiller in 2014. It was meant to complement the 1830s Greek Revival farmhouse, complete with a custom fence inspired by the balustrade on the Louisiana plantation “Felicity” in the movie 12 Years a Slave. The garden, planted in 2014, sprang from the earth with great gusto and was influenced by the many visits to the garden of close friend Bunny Williams. The horseshoe-shaped layout begins with two long, mixed perennial beds toward the front, filled with vibrant blooms, and the additional rectangular beds include a mix of mostly flowers and some vegetables planted to bloom seasonally, so there is always something to enjoy. In the spring and early summer, the wattle fence supports sweet peas and snap peas. Then dahlias grow up in their place, resembling colorful fireworks in late summer. Allen chose topiaries, Japanese willows, and white ‘Phantom’ hydrangeas to accent the front perennial beds and create a focal point.

GARDEN EXTRAS: Christopher Spitzmiller’s adjacent pottery studio will be open with items for sale.

Directions: Please note, GPS may require this property be listed as 857 North Clove Road, Verbank, NY 12858.

From the South and East, take the Taconic Parkway to the Beekman Road/Hopewell Junction/Sylvan Lake exit. Turn to the right onto Beekman Road. It’s 10 Miles to the farm off the Taconic Parkway; 1 ½ hours from New York City. Pass through two stop signs and then straight through a roundabout. Beekman Road becomes Clove Road. Where Clove Road turns into Chestnut Ridge Road, turn left onto North Clove Road. Clove Brook is the first farm on your right.

From the North, head East on Route 44. Continue straight on Route 82. Upon reaching Verbank, continue straight onto Route 9. Follow Route 9 to the left when it turns into North Clove Road and continue for about 4 miles. The house will be on the North side of the street.

From the West, take Route 343 to Chestnut Ridge Road. Take Chestnut Ridge Road and bear right through the stop sign at Halls Corner Road. Chestnut Ridge Road ends, then turn right onto North Clove Road. The farm is the first house on the right.

Parking lot available at 851 North Clove Road or street parking; white building with a purple door.

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

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