Dover Plains, NY
Open Days, Digging Deeper, Open Days Special Program
Set on historic Plymouth Hill, the 1840s Greek Revival house has expansive views over the Berkshire foothills. The current property is forty acres, five of which are house and gardens. Influenced by English garden design, the present owners created a number of garden rooms, including a small orchard, a rhododendron teacup garden over which a statue of Pan presides, a perennial garden enclosed by tall hedges, and a boxwood parterre used as a vegetable and cutting garden. Most interesting is a large woodland shade garden, which is home to rare and unusual perennials, trees, and shrubs. Developing a garden on a significantly sloping site was a challenge. A perennial garden is enclosed by tall hedges. The upper half of this garden is guarded by bronze mastiffs, while the lower half has a frog pond. An extensive shade garden features unusual woodland plantings. Visitors walking along the woodland paths will come upon a Laburnum allée under-planted with Hosta and Allium. There is also a small apple orchard and a large pergola draped with Aristolochia durior. While there are no gnomes, there is a silly corner. A conifer garden atop the rubble of a long vanished building is also being developed.
Directions: From the Taconic State Parkway take Route 44 exit east toward Millbrook, 1.8 miles. Continue straight on Route 82, 1.9 miles. At the traffic light continue straight on Route 343 for 6.3 miles to Bretti Lane parking. If Bretti Lane is not on your map/GPS, it is the north side of Route 343, 0.4 miles east of Route 24.
From Route 22 take Route 343 west toward Millbrook 1.6 miles to Bretti Lane parking. If Bretti Lane is not on your map/GPS, it is 1.6 miles west of Route 22.
Access to site is from Bretti Lane. Please do not park on Route 343.
Open Days 2018: September 22
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to each garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.
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.
Digging Deeper program at Copperheads: Amazing Annual—Usual, Unusual, and Where to Find Them. 10 a.m. Registration details here.
- This garden allows photography
Join us for Digging Deeper at Copperheads
Saturday, September 22 at 10 AM: Amazing Annuals—Usual, Unusual, and Where to Find Them in Dover Plains, NY