On July 10, 2014 Hudson Valley Garden Association and guests enjoyed a private evening tour of Wethersfield Garden in Amenia, NY. Led on an informative tour of the gardens by Head Gardener, Karl Thompson, we soaked up the grand (but not too grand) and formal (but not too formal) garden as the sun set.
“As the Head Gardener of Wethersfield Garden, I have been faced with many natural challenges. The solution to these problems is to always look forward and remain optimistic. The tools and techniques used in garden maintenance must be constantly improved and modified. You are constantly learning from trade shows and magazines, visitors who are a wealth of garden knowledge, and of course the internet. I do not consider myself a master gardener because you never really master gardening, rather it masters you. Remember, a garden needs to see its gardener everyday! For all you aspiring gardeners out there, keep mastering your trade and the rewards will follow.”
– Karl B. Thompson
There are hedges galore at Wethersfield. It was fun to hear some gardeners on the tour say they would “never!” want to work there – so much pruning – while others loved the idea of such a huge task.
The Inner Garden, closest to the house, was designed by Bryan J. Lynch and owner Chauncey D. Stillman before WWII. Garden expansion went on hold during the war years, and was resumed in 1947 by Evelyn N. Poehler who spent the next 25 years working with Mr. Stillman designing the rest of the garden.
Under the Beech Tunnel, Karl explains the fastening system they use to keep the branches on the arbor.
Climbing rose (“New Dawn”?) growing out of very small planting pockets in the path.
A brief plant list is now available on the Wethersfield website, along with more information about the property and it’s history.
The Cut Flower Garden was in full bloom and is one of the only places in the garden where the staff deviates from the traditional planting plan – trying new things and growing their own favorites.
Wethersfield Garden is open to the public Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,
June – September; Noon to 5pm, last admission 4:30pm. Garden admission is $12 per person, $10 for Seniors and Students 13-18 years of age. Children 12 and under are free. House tours are available by appointment and cost $20.
214 Pugsley Hill Road, Amenia, New York 12501