Garden of Margaret Roach

Copake Falls, NY
Open Days, Organic, Edibles, Meadow, Water feature, Plant Sale, Open Days Special Program, Garden Extras

The garden, about thirty years of age, reflects my obsession with plants, particularly those with good foliage or of interest to wildlife, and also my belief that even in Zone 5B the view out the window can be compelling and satisfying all 365 days of the year. Sixty-five kinds of birds have been my longtime companions, along with every local frog and toad species, and we are all happy together. Informal mixed borders, shrubberies, frog-filled water gardens, and container groupings cover the steep 2.33-acre hillside. It’s a former orchard with a simple Victorian-era farmhouse and little outbuildings set in Taconic State Park lands on a rural farm road.

Read more about Margaret and additional activities at her garden on August 17 at, including native plant events with Dan Jaffe, co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens and longtime ecological horticulturist, formerly of New England Wild Flower Society.

Directions: From Route 22 (5 miles south of Hillsdale, 13 miles north of Millerton) take Route 344 towards Taconic State Park signs. Bear right onto Valley View Road after park entrance and brown store, over metal bridge and past camp. After High Valley Road on left, stay right another 100 feet to green barn and house on left. Parking on High Valley or opposite house.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open Days 2019: May 11; June 8; August 17

GARDEN EXTRAS: Specialty growers Broken Arrow Nursery will be on site selling plants during all Margaret's Open Days. Book signing and sales with Margaret Roach.

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

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