Jade Hill—Paul Arcario & Don Walker

Amenia, NY
Open Days, Water feature, Garden structures, Rose garden

Starting as a rocky hillside that was mostly lawn, Jade Hill has grown into a stroll garden designed to be a tapestry of texture and color. Favorite plantswent in first: Japanese maples, conifers, and a bamboo grove. Innumerable wheelbarrows of compost and mulch (wheeled uphill!) helped create beds of shrubs and perennials; hand-dug pools were put in for goldfish and lotus. The main bed along the driveway is anchored by golden barberries and purple smoke trees (coppiced each year)—with roses, peonies, Siberian irises, phlox, and other perennials filling in—and backed by a ‘Purple Fountain’ weeping beech. Jade Hill borders the wetlands that were once Lake Amenia, and our property is on the site of what was intended to become a lakeside community consisting of dozens of small lots. Over the years, we were able to acquire some of the adjacent parcels, which quickly became new garden rooms. One addition was the rose garden; another was a gold-themed garden, viewed from a cantilevered “Oriental” pavilion meant to show off carved wooden window panels purchased at a flea market years ago. The garden was featured in the September 2006 issue of Better Homes & Gardens and the July 2007 issue of Hudson Valley magazine.

Directions: From the traffic light in Amenia at Routes 22, 44, and 343, take Route 44 West. Make first left after 55 mph sign onto Lake Amenia Road. A gated driveway is after fifth house on right. Please park on road.

Open Days 2020: July 11
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

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