Garden Bus Trips with Desmond Campus

Mount Saint Mary College’s Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment is offering bus trips to numerous garden destinations – registration is open to all! To register for day trips call 845-565-2076.

DSCN2166Grounds For Sculpture
May 6, 2015 – 9am-4pm  |  Fee: $65 (Registration deadline: 4/22)
Nestled in the heart of central New Jersey lies Grounds for Sculpture: a magical place where art and nature are always at play. At its core are more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists: each piece thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parkland full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers. It is a feast for the senses. More info.

IMG_2837New York Botanical Garden
June 7, 2015 – 9am-4pm  |  Fee: $65 (Registration deadline: 5/22)
View the lovely sights of the New York Botanical Garden. You design your own visit and see the areas that appeal to you. Grab a bite to eat in the café (on your own) and enjoy the day! The special exhibition on view is FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life: a one-of-a-kind presentation that will provide an in-depth look at Kahlo’s work and artistic environment and also celebrate the energy and sophistication of Mexican culture. More info.

DSCN1031Chanticleer Garden
June 25, 2015 – 8am-6:30pm  |  Fee: $95, includes lunch (Registration deadline: 6/11)
Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. It is a garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. Tours provide a look into the life of the Rosengarten family and early 20th-century life on the Philadelphia Main Line. More info.

HVGA.DesmondCatCoverThey’re also visiting Nemours Mansion & Gardens in Delaware – but this trip has already sold out.

Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment
To register for day trips call 845-565-2076.
To learn more about programs and join the mailing list visit their website or email

(Photos: Hudson Valley Garden Association)

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New Val-Kill Garden Volunteer Program

Volunteers working in Val Kill Cutting Garden, 2013. (Photo: A. de Cordova)

Volunteers working in Val Kill Cutting Garden, 2013.             (A. de Cordova)

The Roosevelt Vanderbilt National Historic Site seeks volunteer gardeners to assist with the restoration and maintenance of the Val-Kill landscape. Volunteers will work under the direction of the National Parks’ horticulturist on projects throughout the landscape and gardens. The volunteer gardening program takes place on Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Eleanor Roosevelt reading to Wiltwyck School children at their annual Val-Kill picnic, 1954. (Photo: FDR Library)

Eleanor Roosevelt reading to Wiltwyck School children at their annual Val-Kill picnic, 1954. (FDR Library)

Val-Kill was a favorite picnic retreat of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. Franklin suggested Eleanor build a home of her own on the site, and the project grew to include Val-Kill Industries, a furniture making, textile and pewter crafts enterprise established to expand economic opportunities for local farmers. Activities at Val-Kill celebrated the outdoors, and the gardens and grounds are a key part of the story of the Roosevelt’s private and public life in Hyde Park.

Eleanor Roosevelt with Fala at Val-Kill, 1947. (Photo: FDR Library)

Eleanor Roosevelt with Fala at Val-Kill, 1947. (FDR Library)

Gardening experience is not required. Anyone who enjoys working outdoors, with an interest in history, community service, and gardening will find a fun and satisfying outlet at Val-Kill. To find out if volunteering at Val-Kill is for you, and to learn about the restoration plans, attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, April 15 at 10:30 am at the Val-Kill Playhouse. To register for the meeting, call Anna de Cordova, NPS Horticulturist at 845.229.4218 or email

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HVGA Schedule 2015

Hudson Valley Garden Association’s 2015 outing and events schedule is taking shape – save the date, sign-up, grab a friend and join us!

Spring at Stonecrop GardensMeet-Up: Stonecrop Gardens Guided Tour, Spring Bulbs
Wednesday, April 15 at 5:30pm  | Register
Stonecrop Gardens, 81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring, NY 10516
Fee: $10 / $8 HVGA members (Stonecrop members FREE)
We’re meeting up! Join us for an informal group outing to enjoy a guided tour of Stonecrop Gardens’ extensive spring bulb display with a staff horticulturist. This event is organized by Stonecrop, and we’re joining in the fun. Register with HVGA in advance online, or pay the garden when you arrive – it’s up to you. HVGA members must pre-register to receive HVGA discount. To learn more about Stonecrop Gardens visit 

HVGC.FAIR.Volunteers2013BHV Garden Fair Volunteer Meeting
Sunday, April 19 at 1pm  | RSVP to
Montgomery Place, 25 Gardener Way, Red Hook, NY 12571
Additional volunteer assistance is needed to make the event a success. Please consider helping out and being a part of this exciting new garden festival! Meeting attendance not required – but do join us to review volunteer details, learn more about how event day will operate and to receive volunteer assignments. More info here. 

HVGC.HVGAGardenFairBHudson Valley Garden Fair
Saturday, May 2 at 10am-3pm  | Tickets on sale 4/1
Montgomery Place, 25 Gardener Way, Red Hook, NY 12571
Join us for our third annual spring fundraiser and celebration of gardening in the Hudson Valley! Featuring: plant & garden vendors, non-profit garden organizations from across the region, 2015 Lecture: “Growing Beautiful Food” with Matthew Benson based on his upcoming book, demonstrations by area experts, tour historic landscape and garden estate property, mansion tours of the Alexander Jackson Davis-designed architectural landmark. For more info visit

9236177_origNursery Outing: Catskill Native Nursery
Thursday, May 21 at 6pm  | Register 
607 Samsonville Rd., Kerhonkson, NY
Plant geeks unite! We’re heading out for an evening of after-hours shopping at one of the Hudson Valley’s favorite nurseries – specializing in nursery-propagated North American perennials, fruits, shrubs and trees. Owners will provide a brief nursery tour and overview of native woodland plants currently at peak during our visit. To learn more about Catskill Native Nursery visit

HVGC.HVGAPlantSwapBPlant Swap
Saturday, May 30 at 9am  | RSVP to appreciated
SUNY Orange, 115 South St. , Middletown, NY 10940
It’ll be tons of  plant-lovin’ fun at the (4th annual) HVGA Plant Swap. Hosted by SUNY Orange Sustainability. Get rid of any extra plants you may have (perennial divisions, seedlings, pack annuals, unwanted houseplants, etc.) in exchange for new plants by trading with other gardeners. More info here.

HVGA.NurseryOutingNDBG800Nursery Outing: Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens
Thursday, June 4 at 6pm  | Register 
389 Salisbury Tpke., Rhinebeck, NY 12572
There’s no such thing as too many plants! Join us for an evening of after-hours shopping at one of our favorite (some might even call it’s off-the-beaten-track location “secret”) greenhouse operations, offering a fantastic selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs all grown on site. Owner will provide a brief nursery overview and share some favorite plants and new introductions. To learn more about Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens visit


DSC_0210Stay tuned for this summer’s Garden Evenings tour schedule – coming soon!

Hudson Valley Garden Association outings and events are open to all – membership not required. Join us as we explore the Hudson Valley’s garden treasures. HVGA events are scheduled approximately once a month on both weekends and weekdays and are posted on the HVGA website and Hudson Valley Garden Calendar.

HVGA.LogoBlogAboutBECOME A MEMBER - Becoming a member of Hudson Valley Garden Association is an opportunity to attend HVGA events at a discounted rate and support our efforts to strengthen and grow our local garden community. It’s great to be a gardener in the Hudson Valley! Details here.

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