West Cornwall, CT
Open Days, Woodland, Ravine garden
On the grounds of a family Arts and Crafts house built in 1928 is an idiosyncratic hillside garden incorporating granite ledge, steep ravines, placid greensward, and a wooded slope leading down to a lake. The gardens themselves are separated into two areas. First the well-mannered, level terrain of “Sissinghurst,” with a decorous palette of blues, pinks, silvers, and purples, stone paths, and emerald lawn. Then “Margaritaville,” a wild and rocky ravine with a riot of giant ferns, orange Tithonia, scarlet Crocosmia, red salvias, and yellow nasturtiums. Around the gardens are deep woods full of ferns and birches; within the garden is a small homemade frog pond. Here nature plays a larger part than nurture. At the front of the house is a fine view of the lake. The owner’s grandfather was a nature writer, her parents were birdwatchers, and the owner writes about the natural world in her novels. The gardens are an attempt to make peace between the wild and the domestic, a response to the powerful surrounding
landscape of dense woodlands, steep hillsides, boulders, and ravines.
Directions: From West Cornwall, at the intersection of Routes 7 and 128, leave the covered bridge behind and go straight up the hill on Route 128 East for 1.19 miles. Turn left at the school onto Cream Hill Road. Continue for 1.4 miles and turn right onto Scoville Road. Go 0.7 mile to the end and a “T” intersection and turn right onto Town Street. Go 0.36 mile, down into a dip and up the hill again to Treetop. The driveway is on the left, mailbox on the right.
From Goshen, at the traffic circle, take Route 4 East to the blinking light, about 4 miles. At the light continue straight, up the hill, onto Route 128, about 1 mile. Turn right onto Town Street. Follow Town Street past the white church at North Cornwall to a “Y” intersection, about 1 mile. Bear left (actually stay straight) onto Town Street. Go around a curve to the right. After that big curve we are the second drive on the right. The sign at the driveway says Treetop. The mailbox is on the left and says #218.
From the west, take Route 112 East to Route 7. Turn left onto Route 7 North. Go about 100 yards to the traffic light just below Falls Village. Turn right onto tiny Lime Rock Station Road. Stay on that, bearing left at the first fork, away from River Road and onto Music Mountain Road, about 0.5 mile. Then at the next fork bear right (actually stay straight) onto Cream Hill Road, going straight up the hill. Go over the top of the hill and almost all the way down on the other side, about 1 mile. Turn left onto Scoville Road. Follow to end, about 0.5 mile, and turn right onto Town Street. Go down into the dip and up the other side. Treetop is up the hill on the left, mailbox on the right, #218. Driveway on right, “Treetop.”
WARNING: Coming from the west, your GPS might try to send you up a goat trail over Music Mountain, so these directions are safer.
From the north, take Route 7 South to Route 63. Turn left onto 63 East. Follow that for about 2 miles. Turn right onto Route 43/Cornwall Hollow Road. Follow for about 2 miles. Turn right onto Lake Road. Follow that for about 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Town Street and follow it around a curve to the right. After that big curve we are the second driveway on the right. The sign at the driveway says “Treetop.” The mailbox is on the left and says #218.
Open Days 2020: June 20 - CANCELED
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