Coming up: 3 Private Gardens Open to Public

05 Jun, 2014

By Joyce Newman, Environmental Reporter

Duck Hill in North Salem

Duck Hill in North Salem


Three amazing private gardens in Westchester are open to the public this weekend as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program, which provides online maps and driving directions. Each garden is located in North Salem. So you can visit more than one in an afternoon. The price of admission is $5.


601878_395905293779841_1317739377_nKeeler Hill Farm, which  started out as a place for the owners’  horses, is open from 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday June 8.


Horse paddocks flank the driveway up to the house which is a converted dairy barn surrounded by several garden “rooms.” Many of the farm buildings are also flanked by gardens.  There’s a lilac garden, vegetable garden, orchard, and unique “friendship” garden.


Besides gardens, lots of farm animals roam around the property including gesse, ducks, cows, dogs, cats and more.


Duck Hill, located on 23 Baxter Road, Duck Hill– the home of garden writer Page Dickey and Francis Schell — will also be open from 10 AM to 6 PM.


Page Dickey with her dachshund, Noodle, and Scottish deerhound, Posey.

Page Dickey with her dachshund, Noodle, and Scottish deerhound, Posey.


There will also be a plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery,  a great source for wonderful plants.


The gardens at Duck Hill include a woodland path, a small lap pool with a rose arbor , a chicken house, and much more. Dickey’s books, Duck Hill Journal: A Year in a Country Garden, and Embroidered Ground:Revisiting the Garden  describe their evolution over several decades.


A third garden to visit is Perrin Garden open from 10 AM to 4 PM and located at  676 Titicus Road. Here the formal gardens complement an English-style country house. Surprisingly, there’s also a wildflower meadow, apple orchard, and even an area with native grasses and blueberry bushes.


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Perrin Garden surrounding English-style country house.

Perrin Garden surrounding English-style country house.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Photographs courtesy The Garden Conservancy.


 


 


 


 
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