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Dutchess County, NY Open Day The Garden Conservancy

The Chocolate Factory—Ruth Oja

Water feature

Built on the ruined foundation of a 1895 Livingston grist mill, this garden combines English style naturalism with the Hudson Valley ideal of the picturesque. The site slopes steeply down to a dramatic waterfall on the Sawkill Creek, which powered the mill and then the chocolate factory which briefly replaced it. The garden was designed to take advantage of the factory ruins, the layered rocky terrain, and the surrounding woods. A path of pine needles winds its way through a woodland garden of native shade plants and shrubs where thousands of spring bulbs bloom before trees leaf out. In the limited sunny areas, there are perennial gardens of roses, phlox, campanula, and bee balm. Shady terraces and woods border a brick walk which curves downhill to old brick courtyards and gardens enclosed by restored stone factory walls. One last turn reveals the waterfall and its associated shade garden of daffodils, astilbe, foxglove, and broad-leafed evergreens. This is an organic garden living in harmony with its natural and historic surroundings.

Directions: Follow directions to Bard College gardens, Blithewood Arboretum etc. Turn west at Route 9G and Annandale Road/River Road/Route 109. Go around the Annandale Triangle, directly across is Shafer House and Cedar Hill Road sign. Chocolate Factory is second house on this unpaved dirt driveway/road.

Admission to this garden is $7. Don't forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They never expire and can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.

Nonmembers get one ticket free.
Members enjoy 50% off.

Date:Sunday, Apr 23rd, 2017
Time:10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost:See description
Contact URL:https://www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/open-days-schedule/dutchess-county-ny-open-day
Address:The Chocolate Factory ~ Ruth Oja
21 Cedar Hill Road
Red Hook, NY 12571
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