Westchester County, NY Open Day

Westchester County, NY Open Day

Photo: Robin Lensi

The White Garden

Sun, Apr 28, 2019
10:00 AM- 3:00 PM

The native oak-hickory forest provides a "sacred grove" setting for the modern Greek Revival-style house. The gardens were designed by Patrick Chassé, ASLA, and completed in 1999. Nearest the house the gardens are classically inspired, including a nymphaeum, pergola garden, labyrinth, and theater court, and additional hidden gardens include a perennial ellipse and "annual" garden, a conservatory "jungle" garden, and an Asian-inspired moss garden. Several water features accent the landscape, and native plantings dominate in areas outside the central gardens. Many sculptures enrich this landscape, and one can visit a Temple of Apollo on an island in the main pond. In spring, over 500,000 daffodils bloom in the woodland, where walking paths weave over a meandering brook and through a shady dell. Several glasshouses can be seen, including a new state-of-the-art greenhouse that supports the gardens. Head gardener Eric Schmidt, who ably orchestrates the rich garden plantings throughout the property, is on hand for questions.

Garden Extra: The Magic of Making More Plants: A Workshop for Kids, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Celebrate spring at the fabulously imaginative White Garden with Eric Schmidt, estate manager, as he leads a hands-on workshop for gardeners of all ages. In the large greenhouse, kids will get their hands in the soil, investigating and planting different seeds and discussing what they need to germinate. The group will also explore how some plants grow from cuttings (pieces of existing plants). Each child will take home a free seedling to observe and enjoy. This program is appropriate for children ages seven and up. Adults must stay with the children in their care at all times. No pre-registration necessary; free with garden admission.

Directions: From Route 15/Merritt Parkway, take Exit 38 and follow Route 123 North through New Canaan into New York state. Town of Lewisboro and village of Vista are first signs encountered. Go past Vista Fire Department about 0.25 mile. Just after shingled Episcopal church on right, Route 123 bears left and Elmwood Road bears right. Go about another 0.25 mile just over a hill. At beginning of gray stockade fence on right is driveway at #199.

Open Days 2019: April 28
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 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.

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