It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what  it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!           - Mark Twain

 

A beautiful garden-like effect may not only be found in gardens bounded by walls or borders and carefully tended, but may also be found along a country road, with a carefree wildflower meadow, or even just an arresting single outstanding specimen, well-located and healthy.  Being present in a garden-like place brings a tranquil state of mind, a state of being transported or transformed, as we connect with our genetic roots, truly and deeply in some very elemental way.

Visiting Gardens

Click here to treat yourself to with a virtual visit to Montreal's International Mosaiculture Exhibition from 2013.

Nurseries with display gardens: 

  • Cady Falls in Morrisville, Vermont

This nursery will have very brief open times. They are retiring after 35 years of running a nursery. They will however still be propagated plants. They have wonderful evergreens and Itoh peonies.  It truly is a treat to wander through. Check out their website: www.cadyfallsnursery.com 

  • Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol, Vermont

Large display gardens built into a rocky hillside creating a microclimate 

  • Horsford’s Nursery in Charlotte, Vermont 

Local Public Gardens 

  • Kent Delord House Museum, Plattsburgh, NY 
  • King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, NY 
  • Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT 
  • Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT 

Wonderful Gardens to visit further afield: 

  • New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY
  • Wave Hill, NYC 
  • Montreal Botanical Garden 
  • Frank Cabot’s garden in Cold Spring, NY 
  • Franck Cabots garden Les Quatre Vent located near La Malbale in the Charleboix region of Quebec (tours for this garden are booked a year in advance) 
  • Yaddo Gardens - Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Cornell Gardens, Ithaca, NY - www.cornellplantations.org
  • Hollister House Garden located in Washington, CT 
  • North Hill Garden, Readsboro, VT 
  • Greenwood Gardens Short Hills, NJ 
  • Garden Conservancy Open Days - Private gardens throughout the US open to the public $5 fee 

Garden History & Design

The purpose of our Garden History and Design Committee is to educate our membership and the public in historical and contemporary landscape and garden design, and to continue to add to the Garden Club of America's Collection at the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution under the required guidelines provided by GCA.

The five gardens within the Adirondack region that have been documented at the Smithsonian Institution are as follows, please click on the links to go to the Smithsonian's page and photos: 

  • Flat Rock Camp, Willsboro, New York Click Here
  • King's Garden "Le Jardin du Roi," Fort Ticonderoga, New York Click Here
  • Colonial Garden, Elizabethtown, New York Click Here
  • The Ruth and George Hart Garden, Lake Placid, New York Click Here
  • The Scragwood Garden, Willsboro, New York Click Here

The GHD Committee is currently working on documenting an additional Adirondack Garden.

Out & About in Nature

Here in the Adirondack region, we are blessed with generous natural resources, and there are any number of hiking trails.  In the Eastern Region of the Adirondack Park, Champlain Area Trails (CATS), focuses on the biological richness of this area, and is creating the trails to get people outside and exploring the natural landscape.  Click here for their website.