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Off-Site Field Study to Rockland Farm Canaan, New York

June 20, 2020 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Canaan, NY


This field study is fully registered.

Explore the Rockland Farm Garden and a behind the scenes tour with owners and enthusiastic gardeners Madeline and Ian Hooper. Their garden features a variety of areas that flow one from another over ten acres. A 450-foot-long rock ledge runs parallel to the front drive and is topped by a dry garden in silver, gray and blue, with a thyme walk along one edge.  Raised areas on the west side of the house feature exotic and tropical plants, many in containers. Behind the house is a sequence of garden rooms: a lavender garden contained within a raised hornbeam hedge; a perennial garden in pastels surrounding the pool; a water garden, fronted by a white garden and with a shade garden and rhododendron walk behind; a hot sundial and rock garden; and a fenced vegetable and cutting garden. From here, a hydrangea allée leads to either a lawn – with a seating area nestling within sweeps of perennials on one side and a mixed garden containing a faux-bois set on the other – or to steps up to a small, wooded knoll, where paths offer intermittent views of the garden and the hills beyond and connect a folly, a water feature and a stumpery.  Where the garden meets open land, a Tim Prentice kinetic piece snakes its way through the trees, and a massive carved bench in a pine grove overlooks a three-acre lake in the middle-distance.  The garden has been featured in magazines and in the books Great Gardens of The Berkshires, Private Edens, and Private Gardens of The Hudson Valley.

Advance registration is highly recommended.

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