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Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring

(4.8/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
Stonecrop Gardens is located in Cold Spring, New York and was originally the home of Anne and Frank Cabot. Stonecrop became a public garden in 1992 under the direction of Caroline Burgess.

At its windswept elevation of 1,100 feet in the Hudson Highlands Stonecrop enjoys a Zone 5 climate. The display gardens cover an area of approximately 12 acres and comprise a diverse collection of gardens and plants including woodland and water gardens, a grass garden, raised alpine stone beds, cliff rock gardens, and an enclosed English-style flower garden. Additional features include a Conservatory, display Alpine House, Pit House with an extensive collection of choice dwarf bulbs, and systematic order beds representing over 50 plant families.

Stonecrop's plant collections and display gardens not only demonstrate what can be achieved by horticultural enthusiasts, but also serve as an educational resource which, together with its professional staff, constitute the foundation upon which is based a developing School of Practical Horticulture.
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  • Always a fun place to visit. Nice garden and grounds. Good place to go for an afternoon, bring a lunch or buy something at the food court  more »
  • Stonecrop is not really an elaborate or formal garden, it is composed more of informal gardens and some nice planting beds. You drive in on a narrow road, parts of it which is gravel. On my visit, I p...  more »
  • Easy self guided tour with information provided. Mid May and early October will provide best display of.blooms. Peaceful walking/viewing paths.. A flower/plant/nature love 's ideal morning or afternoo...  more »
  • Very lovely gem of a garden. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful. It's not super large, so you can easily cover the grounds in a morning or afternoon. I went in August and there were many plants and flowers still in bloom. I hope to return next spring to see their tulips and other bulbs.
  • Brilliantly designed, beautifully maintained. These are unique gardens sitting in the Hudson Valley.
  • One word: Magic! Beautiful garden, very large, with tons of small gorgeous spots. A must do if you're staying around Cold Spring
  • On the way in we were wandering through the old conservatories when a woman who looked to be leaving veered off from her friends and came over to us. Wait till you see the rest she said, you can't imagine it... we laughed at how dazzled she was but she was completely right. Stonecrop is a surprisingly lovely garden that unfolds in front of you bit by bit and shows off so many facets and moods each with a distinct beauty of its own. While some gardens require the visitor to project something onto the experience to round it out here the potential has been wonderfully realized. So much to see and to explore. It's free-form and still ordered. The large English garden is one of the best and the gardens in the woods are cool, delightful and intricate and all of it set in the middle of stunning views of the Hudson Valley. A lovely place to go again and again.
  • Beautiful garden, must see it, go there, now serving cakes...