Garden Visit: The Hyland/Wente Garden


The fantastic garden of Jack Hyland and Larry Wente was recently open to the public as part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days program on August 16th, 2014, and a carload of HVGA members had a wonderful time visiting!


Exuberant plantings, lovely vistas, wonderful company and warmly welcoming garden hosts made for one of my favorite Open Days yet.


Talk about dynamic duos – Jack Hyland (pictured) designed the garden and his partner, architect Larry Wente, designed the contemporary barn-like home. Both were on hand to welcome guests, answer questions, and guide us through the house to the gardens. Jack told us this is the best year yet for the Verbena garden, seen behind him in the above photo.


A wall to the left of the front door hides the entrance to a secret garden…a small side entry with narrow path that was packed with vibrant flowers and foliage plants – fun!


Late summer favorites like Joe-Pye weed and the rust-colored, faded flowers of Filipendula rubra stand out in front of sky high tuteurs covered in dark-leaved Purple Hyacinth Bean.


The pool planting featured another simple and fantastic plant combo: Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia sp.), Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemem muticum) and a switch grass (Panicum sp.) Yes – you too can have this at home, gardeners!

DSC_0141Hedges along the garden path hid the compost bins behind, cleverly incorporating them into the overall garden design.


This shady garden room of green and gold foliage featured a rill, complete with goldfish.

DSC_0177Many thanks to our garden hosts for opening their home and gardens. We were wowed.

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The Garden Conservancy Open Days season is not over just yet! You can still visit private gardens in the area on the following days:
- September 20th in Dutchess/Columbia County (Lynden Miller’s nearby Litchfield, CT garden is also open on this date)
- October 18th in Dutchess County; visit the Brine Garden
- October 25th in Westchester; visit Rocky Hills
- November 1st in Westchester; visit the Steinhardt garden
For more information visit the Garden Conservancy website.

DSC_0126HVGArdeners l-o-v-e garden outings, and everyone is welcome to join us. Invitations are posted on our Facebook page, and we’re happy to carpool. Don’t be shy! Garden and nursery exploring is more fun with other plant enthusiasts – you need someone to ooh, ah, and play name that plant with. Don’t you agree?


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