This gardener and family headed out to Garden Conservancy Open Days in Columbia County, NY a few weekends ago. Forth House, home of Jim Joseph and Scott Frankel in Livingston, was new to Open Days in 2012 and I knew little about it beforehand. It was on our way home and so we made an unplanned, last minute stop. Open Days gardens never fail to surprise and inspire, and Forth House was no exception.
As described in the the Open Days Directory:
Forth House is a classic example of Greek Revival architecture. Built in the 1830s, the house and grounds have been restored by its architect/owner. Set on ten manicured acres, with distant Catskill views, the varied landscape showcases shade gardens, woodland walks, towering hemlock hedges, an allée, and formal garden room. Also notable are expanses of ferns, massive yews, a large Japanese umbrella pine, and a monumental weeping beech at the property’s entrance. Many mature plantings, dating from the 1970s, include unusual specimen rhododendrons, mountain laurel, andromeda, and azaleas.
Photos from the Bevacqua/King garden, also open on 6/10/12, coming soon…
What are Garden Conservancy Open Days? Each season, select Garden Hosts across the country agree to open their private gardens to share with the public. Open Days garden tours are self-guided and flexible. You can shape your itinerary and set the pace to suit your interests. Rain or shine. No reservations required. Fee is $5 per garden, payable at garden entry.
The Garden Conservancy is a national organization with a mission to preserve exceptional American gardens for public education and enjoyment. Become a Garden Conservancy member today!