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“For years, a best kept secret”
Review of Stonecrop Gardens

Stonecrop Gardens
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Cold Spring
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 covers approximately 12 acres and incorporates a diverse collection of gardens and plants. Included are 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. OPEN FOR VISITATION APRIL - OCTOBER.
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Early on, living in the area, folks whispered about an incredible garden hidden in the woods near Fahnestock. What a surprise when they started opening to the public. We were all in awe. Its about 12 precious acres with many "rooms" and paths. A great place to spend a relaxing day. But its also a place for serious gardeners to learn about species that work is this local climate. Its now open on a regular basis for a very small fee. But do check ahead before heading out to it.
i think the biggest lesson is how lovely a woodland can be, where deer are excluded.

4  Thank CSSnowshoer
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The gardens are gorgeous; the alpine gardens are especially lovely in spring. Stonecrop is just down the road from Clarence Fahnestock State Park, which has nice trails and a lake with swimming and boat rentals; in the other direction, the town of Cold Spring is pretty and has some lowkey places for lunch. So a day trip with the whole family works well, something for everyone.

2  Thank marysidneyherbert
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Our group from the New york Botonical Garden paid a visit to this delightful garden yesterday. all 36 of us on the tour spent a very enjoyable afternoon meandering along the many different paths and explored the various gardens. It was a quiet spot and because of it being spring there were colorful flowers growing in masses everywhere. most of the trees and plants were clearly marked as were the various paths. it is not a large place which makes it very easy to tour and appreciate the different plantings.....all throughout are water features beautiful photo spots! the way it is laid out you truly think you are in the wild! we would highly recommend this spot for those who love plants, those who love to walk and those who just enjoy a peaceful place in nature.

2  Thank christmas152
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

I especially enjoyed the Self-Guided Tour approach. There was time to spend on the features I liked most; I was not hurried along. A well laid out brochure, along with the easy to find botanical markers by each plant group kept me engaged and provided for a leisurely, but very informative experience. I would love to return with friends.

2  Thank FWPOSS
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

All the other reviews sum it up. It's absolutely beautiful and well worth a visit. Next time we'll bring a picnic and really explore it fully.

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