Rainbows of color paint the Hudson Valley landscape with a profusion of blossoming trees and flowers. The region has remarkable gardens and gardening events that lighten the heart after the drabness of winter. Warm breezes and longer days make this the perfect time to visit as nature springs back and puts on its showy display.
Put a spring in your step at Mountain Top Arboretum- stroll with you through the meadows and woods of the beautifully planted 23 acres. [LINK] Just down the river in Cold Spring, Stonecrop Gardens' twelve acres are resplendent with flowering bulbs, rhododendron, phlox, and wisteria. This beautifully planted hilltop is celebrating its twentieth anniversary as a public garden. Picturesque outbuildings like the Conservatory and Alpine House compliment the water gardens, raised stone beds, and English-style flower garden. [link] On a smaller scale, the jewel box setting of the Dutch Gardens in New City offer a lovely oasis. An historic brick teahouse is the centerpiece of the flowering gardens, walking paths, gazebo, and arbor. Originally constructed in 1934, this pocket park is a tribute to the early Dutch settlers of the area. [link] A short drive takes you to the Orange County Arboretum, where 34,000 tulips bob colorfully in the soft breezes. Paved paths take you to water features, raised gardens, and beautiful plantings along the way. The Garden Courtyard is a perfect place to grab a bench and admire Mother Nature's handiwork fashioned by the park's gardeners. [link] Take a tour of Wildflower Island [link] on Saturday and enjoy the quiet beauty of this sanctuary with over 230 native and endangered wildflowers. Historic gardens are always special and the ones at Mohonk Mountain House date back to 1869 when the property was purchased. Initially little more than a few struggling blossoms beside the lake shore, today visitors will find resplendent formal gardens reflecting the influence of French, Italian, and English landscape styles of the mid-19th Century. A visit in April reveals all manner of early spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips and pansies in bloom, along with more than a few magnificent Magnolia trees. [link]
Daffodil yellow, tulip red, and wisteria purple dress the Hudson Valley in a riot of color this time of year. Colorful blossoms perfume the air and it's just a great time to visit the region. Up and down the Hudson River, come see how Mother Nature works her springtime magic throughout our landscape.
Early Spring Walk. Mountain Top Arboretum, Tannersville. 518-589-3903, www.mtarboretum.org
Preparing to Plant. Farm and Home Center, Millbrook. 845-677-8223 x115 http://dutchessswcd.org/contact_directions.htm
Daffodil Brunch. Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel, Troy. 800-556-6273, www.oakwoodcemetery.org
Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring. 845-265-2000, www.stonecrop.org
Dutch Gardens, New City. 845-364-2670
Orange County Arboretum, Montgomery. 845-615-3830, www.orangecountynyparks.com
Tulip Festival, Albany. www.albanyevents.org
Teatown's Annual Plant Sale, Ossining. 914-762-2912, ext. 110, www.teatown.org
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. 845 256-2152, www.mohonk.com
Chancellor's Sheep & Wool Showcase, Germantown. 518-537-4240, www.friendsofclermont.org
Courtesy of Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, or by calling 845-615-3860.