Rockland Farm

Canaan, NY
Open Days, Edibles, Water feature, Garden sculpture

The garden comprises a variety of areas that flow one from another over about ten acres of our property. A 450-foot-long rock ledge runs parallel to the front drive and is topped by a dry garden in silver, gray and white, with a thyme walk along one edge. Raised areas on the west side of the house feature exotic and tropical plants, many in containers. Behind the house is a sequence of garden rooms: a lavender garden contained within a raised hornbeam hedge; a perennial garden in pastels surrounding our pool; a water garden, fronted by a white garden and with a shade garden and rhododendron walk behind; a hot sundial and rock garden; and a fenced vegetable and cutting garden. From here, a hydrangea allée leads to either a lawn—with a seating area nestling within sweeps of perennials on one side and a mixed border on the other—or to steps up to a wooded knoll, where paths offer intermittent views of the garden and the hills beyond and connect a folly, a water feature and a stumpery. Where the garden meets open land, a Tim Prentice kinetic installation snakes its way through the trees, and a massive carved bench in a pine grove overlooks a three-acre lake.  Our garden has been featured in newspapers and magazines, as well as the books Great Gardens of The Berkshires, Private Edens, and Private Gardens of The Hudson Valley.

Directions: From west, take Route 295 (last exit before toll going north on Taconic State Parkway) through East Chatham to flashing traffic light at intersection of Route 5 in Canaan. Immediately after intersection, turn left onto Upper Queechy Road and then left again at end. Look for a parking sign.

From east, take Route 295 from Route 41 in Massachusetts or from Route 22 in New York past Queechy Lake on right, and Stony Kill Road is the first dirt road on right. Go about 0.5 miles and look for a parking sign.

Open Days 2018: July 29
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to this garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.

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
  • This garden is handicap-accessible

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