Thunder Lane, West Park, part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days tour.
This year, May showers bring June flowers. Conveniently, June is Garden Tour month. Whether you want to drive, walk, or bike, most weekends are filled with eye candy tours of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful award-winning gardens for your inspiration and enjoyment.
Garden Conservancy Open Days, June 4, June 11, and June 25 Each season, select homeowners agree to open their private gardens to the public through the Garden Conservancy, a national organization with a mission to preserve exceptional American gardens for public education and enjoyment. Open Days garden tours are self-guided and flexible, rain or shine, no reservations required. You can shape your itinerary and set the pace to suit your interests. Check individual gardens for open hours.
On June 4th, four Ulster County gardens will be open for touring: Stone Cut Garden in New Paltz, Thunder Lane in Ulster Park, and two estates in Saugerties: Ann Krupp Bryan’s gardens and Riverhill. On June 11th, six gardens in and around Columbia County will be featured: Maxine Paetro’s Broccoli Hall in Amenia, River School Farm in Livingston, Moore-Nereux Garden in Hudson, Bevacqua-King Garden in Claverack, Anthony-Galef Garden in Craryville, and Hudson Bush Farm in Greenport. $5 per person, per garden. www.gardenconservancy.org Putnam Secret Garden Tour: Saturday June 11, 10am-4pm A tour of private gardens in Putnam County, this country driving tour will bring you to homes and sites with formal gardens, perennial flowering landscapes, pastoral fields, and water gardens. The tour includes the Frank Lloyd Wright house on Petra Island. Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 day of. $125 for house tour and gardens, $150 day of if available. (845) 278-PARC, ext. 287; www.partnerswithparc.org Hyde Park in Bloom Garden Tour: Saturday June 11, 10am-4pm The fifth biennial Hyde Park in Bloom garden tour includes light brunch at Bellefield, where the self-guided tour begins at the renowned Beatrix Farrand garden and continues with six private gardens in Hyde Park and Staatsburg. Brunch is from 9am-11am; gardens are open from 10am-4pm. Bellefield is adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. (845) 229-5955; firstname.lastname@example.org
Beacon Garden Tour: Saturday, June 11, 10am-4pm Two separately led garden tours, 10am and 2pm. Meet at the DMV parking lot at 223 Main Street. Aside from enjoying the spectacular gardens of local residents, there will be an emphasis on composting and organic pest management. At 12:30pm, a composting workshop will be led by the Beacon Green Teens at Seed to Fruit Garden at 528 Main Street. Participants will have the option of traveling as a group along the tour route on bikes. Free. www.beaconcitizen.com
Mohonk Mountain House Gardens Tour & Luncheon: Thursday, June 30, 10am-12pm Enjoy the beauty of Mohonk’s gardens while learning how they are created and maintained on a two-hour walking tour of Mohonk’s formal flower gardens, annual and perennial beds, and greenhouse. Tours are followed by a buffet style lunch served at noon with guest speaker, Ken Greene from the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Tickets: $60, including lunch. Hosted by Cornell Coopeartive Extension. www.cceulster.org
Owls are auspicious for Rhinebeck garlic farmer Suzanne Kelly and many members of her family. "They are our family totem," she says. When she began her operation two years ago, it was natural for her to name the business.