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Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 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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  • We wanted to spend some time together on a beautiful, sunny autumn afternoon, so we took a ride up the Hudson to this little gem. Very easy to find, and place that you can tell is beloved by those wit...  read more »
  • I am an avid gardener, and have often visited large public gardens both in the US and abroad. I am embarrassed to say that I'd never heard of Stonecrop Gardens until just recently, when I researched t...  read more »
  • We stopped at this very serene and peaceful garden. Everyone kept to themselves as we hung out and looked at the beautiful flowers that were everywhere. There are plenty of butterflies everywhere goin...  read 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.
  • Beautiful garden, must see it, go there, now serving cakes...
  • Terrific garden with much more variety than you might expect from such a small space. Only down side is that they are not open early or late which means that if you are a photographer, best to go on a cloudy day.
  • 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.
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