Rockland Farm

Canaan, NY
Meadow, Water feature, Dry/xeriscape, Alpine/rock garden, Garden structure/sculpture, Fruit/vegetables, Organic/toxin-free, Scenic view, Substantial native plants, Woodland/shade garden, Nature-friendly

Garden owners’ description: 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 blue, 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 garden containing a faux-bois set on the other—or to steps up to a small, 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 piece snakes its way through the trees, and a massive carved bench in a pine grove overlooks a three-acre lake in the middle-distance. Our garden has been featured in magazines and in the books Great Gardens of the Berkshires, Private Edens, and Private Gardens of The Hudson Valley.

Open Days 2021: Sunday, August 1
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration for all 2021 Open Days will begin in May. Stay tuned!

Wheelchair access is partial, but the garden is hilly and all grass. Special parking will be provided for easier access.

  • Partial wheelchair access

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