Garden of Helen Bodian

Millerton, NY
Meadow, Water feature, Alpine/rock garden, Fruit/vegetables, Rare plants/plant collection, Nature-friendly

When a site opened for a large rock garden, Helen Bodian began a two-decade excursion into garden making, in the process satisfying her interest both in botanical diversity and in creating spaces with a welcoming ambience and attractions for every season. One challenge at the outset was to find a way to display the plants she began collecting and propagating, yet at the same time have the arrangement agree with a sprawling, Northeast landscape.

The result is an informal overall scheme with paths cutting through fields, around a pond, and up to forest trails, connecting four distinct gardens with each other: a large rock garden cut into a hillside next to the house, a romantic perennial garden squared off between hornbeam and mixed shrub hedges, a gravel garden adjacent to the greenhouse displaying a collection of tender Salvia, and an ornamental kitchen garden with kale, amaranth, and cardoon for structure, and a scattering of annual flowers for color.

Open Days 2021: Saturday, August 28
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • Partial wheelchair access

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