Hudson Valley Garden Tours
1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown, New York, USA, NY 12526
Seven generations of the Livingstone family lived here. A Georgian house was built 1730-1750, though it was burned during the War of Independence. It has views over the Hudson River to the Catskill Mountains Clermont derives from 'clear mountain'. The present gardens were made in the 1920s and 1930s, after Alice Livingston's European tours. There is an Italian staircase, a walled garden and Arts and Crafts planting.
362 Tyrrel Road, Millbrook, New York, USA, NY 12545
Innisfree garden was made by Walter and Marion Beck and conceived as a Chinese garden. It was taken over, in 1960, by the Chair of the Landscape Architecture programme at Harvard, Lester Collins, and opened to the public. Walter Beck described his work as a 'cup garden', with the 'cup' drawing attention to something rare or beautiful. A 40 acre glacial lake occupies the center of the cup - and the Innisfree garden estate.
Montgomery Place, Annandale on Hudson, New York
Montgomery Place was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (under the influence of his friend Andrew Jackson Downing). It has views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. The estate belonged to Janet Livingston Montgomery, widow of General Richard Montgomery and she commissioned a Federal-style house in 1804. The estate includes gardens, woodland, orchards an arboretum and waterfalls. Historic Hudson Valley restored the house and grounds and opened the estate to the public in 1988.
4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, New York, USA, NY 12538
The Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park is an early nineteenth century Picturesque estate redesigned in an Italian manner when it was bought by the Vanderbilts and a good example of a rich man's estate. The original garden was designed in the early 1800s by the Belgian garden architect Andre Parmentier, when the estate belonged to Dr. David Hosack. Frederick Vanderbilt bought the estate in 1895 and added the rose garden, pools and statuary and greenhouses. The Italian Gardens are in three parts: the annual garden, the perennial garden, and the rose garden. The cherry tree walk and the pool garden were restored in 1986. The mansion was designed by McKim, Mead and White. It has views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.