Dover Plains, NY
Meadow, Garden structure/sculpture, Organic/toxin-free, Substantial native plants, Nature-friendly
The story of the garden, along with its house, at Lossing Manor is one of rescue. A prosperous farm when it was the home of historian Benson Lossing, the property suffered a long subsequent decline, the lot of too many upstate 19th-century houses. Before redemption, the garden had languished as a rural equipment dump. Hedges and boxwoods form symmetrical axes that follow the unusual geometry of the 1806 house, observing Russell Page’s dictum that the straight line is a natural complement to plant forms. Within those borders, North American native flowers predominate. Species change to adapt to shifting weather conditions, the clay soils of the area, and wildlife predations locals refer to as “terms of enDeerment.”
Open Days 2021: Sunday, June 20
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Members $5 per person; General admission $10. Children 12 and under free.
The challenge for wheelchair access will be gravel and grass pathways; the garden is mostly level.
- New garden or feature