With enough time to visit just one garden on the schedule for Garden Conservancy Open Days in Columbia County, NY on June 10th – we headed straight for Peter Bevacqua and Stephen King’s home in Claverack. (We ended up having time for one more! Check out photos from the gardens at Forth House here.)
Written about in many area publications, including this interesting article in Berkshire Living as well as The New York Times, I was excited to see this garden for myself. Hedges galore and welcoming hosts made this visit a great pick. I’ve been on quite a few garden tours, and in this one I truly felt the love, hard work and patience of the gardener shining through. Bravo, sirs – and thanks for having us!
As described in the the Open Days Directory:
Step through the gate of this garden and you’ll find yourself in a magical, private world. This two-acre garden, located in the hamlet of Claverack, feels much larger because of its division into many garden spaces—spaces designed with a careful eye to color and especially texture. One area unfolds upon the next with its own sense of individuality. Among the features are the sun garden (surrounded by architectural yew hedges), fern garden, evening garden, the greenhouse borders, and many unusual trees and shrubs. The garden continues to evolve. What was once a small orchard is becoming a conifer garden. A boxwood cloud hedge, inspired by the work of Jacques Wirtz, replaces an old rose border. Also, the owners are developing a border consisting of only shrubs and small trees. This garden has been featured in the New York Times, New York Spaces magazine, Berkshire Living magazine, and the recently published Gardens of the Hudson Valley
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.
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