Five Unique Gardens to Tour
O’Neil Garden, 325 Nye Road, Cortland, NY 13045
BRIMMING WITH COLOR
Blooms and children go hand and hand at this garden overlooking rolling hills. You can visualize the children’s delight as they watch their gardens grow. Seed saving and sharing are an important part of this garden’s design. Numerous flower beds and borders display colorful annuals, perennials and tantalizing grasses. Seasonal favorites are harvested from the family vegetable and berry plots. Come enjoy this cheerful country oasis.
Artist: Carlton Manzano and Jeff Mann
Draghi Garden, 91 McLean Road, McLean, NY 13102
UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL SETTING
What started as a cow paddock and hay fields 9 years ago, has become an array of gardens including a small orchard, vineyard, blueberry patch, and vegetable garden. Two of the water features are home to vibrantly hued koi and a pair of majestic swans. With its open spaces, this garden lends itself to entertaining and displaying antiques. A pool garden is a summertime sanctuary shared with family and friends.
Artists: Jacques Schickel and Grace Hedlund
German Garden, 494 Lake Road, Dryden, NY 13053
Inspired by native plants, the gardens of this old farmhouse are just two years young! Native perennials, shrubs and trees were chosen to attract pollinators and encourage a healthy habitat for birds and butterflies. Meander along the paths and walkways and then take a moment or two to sit, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty of the pond and surrounding countryside. Artistic accents add to these creatively designed gardens.
Artists: Historical Society and Georges’ Glass
Rumsey Garden, 67 Lake Rd., Dryden NY
SHADED RETREAT WITH A VIEW
This lovely shaded retreat with natural water element has the welcoming, unhurried feel of a park. As you explore the property, note how the plantings have matured in the last five years. Native plants abound including woodland aster, superb lilies, winterberry hollies, itea, hydrangeas and more. New features include a gravel garden where a collection of sedum and herbs thrive. Throughout the gardens planters filled with eye catching annuals are artistically displayed.
Artist: Glady West and Marty Kova
Loh,Keifer Garden, 23 Kimberly Drive, Dryden, Y
A large portion of this backyard, which surrounds a natural pond, has intentionally not been mowed since 2009. Abundant varieties of wildflowers have self-seeded, attracting bumblebees and dragonflies to this certified monarch butterfly waystation. This natural area thrives with some careful management of naturally occurring and planted species. A large fenced garden yields numerous varieties of vegetables, some of which were selected specifically for their preservation and processing qualities. Color and texture provide the theme for the perennial flower beds that surround the vegetable garden and home.
Artists: Debbie Miller, Mary Apker and Leslie Cobb