Garden of Margaret Roach

Copake Falls, NY
Plant Sale, Water feature, Meadow, Edibles, Organic, Open Days

The garden, nearing twenty-five 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 garden can be compelling and satisfying all 365 days. Sixty kinds of birds have been my longtime companions, along with every native frog and toad species, and we are all happy together. Informal mixed borders, shrubberies, frog-filled water gardens and container groupings cover the steep two-and-one-third-acre hillside, a former orchard with a simple Victorian-era farmhouse and little outbuildings set in Taconic State Park lands on a rural farm road. Open extra-early for the first time, hoping to catch crabapples, other flowering woody plants including lilacs, and unusual ephemerals.

Specialty growers Broken Arrow Nursery will be on site selling plants during all Margaret's Open Days.

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.

Open Days 2016: June 4 & August 20
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Admission to this garden is $7. Don't forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They never expire and can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.

Digging Deeper event! As part of the August 20th Open Day, we'll be holding a special event, "Making Post-Wild Gardens: Ecology Meets Horticulture," with Thomas Rainer, in Copake Falls, 11 a.m. In this lecture with revolutionary-thinking landscape architect Thomas Rainer, learn how to marry ecology with horticulture and create smarter gardens. He’ll explore strategies inspired by wild plant communities that result in more robust, diverse, and resilient plantings for our own yards. $20.
Registration and more information here.

  • This garden allows photography
  • Parking is available

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