Stonecrop Gardens

Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring: Address, Phone Number, Stonecrop Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Stonecrop Gardens
4.5
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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 15 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.
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Afoodie65
Cold Spring, NY1,223 contributions
Aug 2020
Off the beaten path but a pleasure once found.
One could wander around and around and still not see all in one visit.
Worth coming back to every season.
Covid restrictions in effect.
Written 18 January 2021
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Liz D
Brooklyn, NY7 contributions
Oct 2020
I was familiar with the name of the gardens and when Trip Advisor listed them as a Cold Spring attraction, I jumped at the chance to book tickets for myself and my friend. It was a real highlight of our visit. The place is gorgeous, set in the beginning of the Hudson Highlands, made up of many smaller gardens. Some are educational, some are magical and enchanting, some are surprising. All are beautiful and welcoming. All Covid regulations are observed and much thought has gone into making visits safe and enjoyable. We were given a self directed tour that led us happily from garden to garden, with, of course, the best left for last. Well worth the trip.
Written 23 October 2020
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AlainNYC
New York City, NY21 contributions
Sep 2020
We enjoyed the serenity and beauty of the gardens. The variety of flowers, shrubs, trees we had never seen before. Too bad, they did not allow food. We enjoyed going around the small lake, saw a few horses. We loved the maze.
Written 30 September 2020
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Jerry A
Vista, NY1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Couples
Stonecrop was a great visit for 1 hour or 2. The various gardens were beautiful even for October and the staff was very friendly. I would definitely recommend if you are in the area.
Written 25 October 2019
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deedee1951
Christchurch, New Zealand536 contributions
Aug 2019
Beautiful gardens and wooded areas to walk through. hour. WE strolled for a bit more than an hour.Many of the plants are identified by # to correspond to a sheet given out.. It is also a great way to follow the paths . There are woods, ponds, more formal gardens etc. This is not handicapped accessible.. Paths are narrow and often uneven. dogs are not allowed.. There are picnic tables under the pine trees. Presently there is no food to e bought there, but they are building a larger visitor center. A great way to spend a few hours in the country.. I would imagine it is would be gorgeous in a different way in the falls when the leaves turn color. Finish up by driving west on 301 toward cold spring and stop at Jane's ice cream on the left side! Cost is $5 for seniors over 65 and students.. $10 for all others. Plenty of parking. bathrooms on site.
Written 15 August 2019
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Ghidrah
Belle Mead, NJ40 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Stonecrop Gardens is tucked in an out-of-the-way, serene location and has the homey vibe of pumpkin patch/hayride farm. It is nothing like a glitzy botanical garden in the city. At first you might be underwhelmed, but if you look closely, there’s a great deal of beauty to experience.

The enclosed garden area is densely packed with a huge variety of unusual plants and flowers in bloom (we went in July, so bear that in mind). Hummingbirds flitted in and out, and we even encountered frogs hopping across our path. It felt as if all the grandmas out there had pooled their backyard gardens into one mega-garden. Very charming. We visited a few small greenhouses and a dense woodland garden area as well. The highlight was a stone garden winding through a swampy area that teemed with frogs. I mean, frogs everywhere. We saw a good 40 of the little critters hopping around.

The complete garden collection takes about 30 minutes to an hour to see, depending on your interest in flora and your enjoyment of the little details of nature. I don’t advise planning a whole morning or afternoon around your visit. Also, it’s definitely not accessible for the disabled or even those who have difficulty traversing rocky or uneven surfaces. The paths are extremely narrow and the elevations change rapidly. You have to park on the grass as well, which isn’t ideal for wheelchairs.
Written 23 July 2019
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Margaret C
4 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Lovely walk, did it in flip flops. Tea and cake were for sale and real bathrooms ! A great start to the day , please see my review on Constitution Marsh, and the parking ticket for $175, that happened after this wonderful experience.
Written 24 June 2019
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LindsCC777
163 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
A really beautiful garden hidden away along the Hudson Valley. Such a gem of a place. The wisteria was in full bloom when I was there which was a treat. I took the Metro North from Grand Central to Cold Spring and then an Uber.
Written 18 June 2019
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Reg1309
East Fishkill, NY74 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
I heard about Stonecrop Gardens from a client and looked them up. Their website doesn’t do them justice. It is a lovely place. The Peonies were blooming so it was a special treat. It’s on the edge of Fahnstock State Park, only a few miles from the Appalachian Trail so even the drive to the garden is spectacular. And I have never seen so many frogs in one big pond in my life. And a heads up. We meandered through the place in an hour or so, so it’s not an all day event.
Written 10 June 2019
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Mellam
Thornwood, NY25 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
I went and spent a few hours just wandering the grounds at Stone Crop Gardens. They were beautiful. It was spring and flowers were blooming. There were plants for sale. The grounds were gorgeous, the wisteria was blooming and the smell was intoxicating. Highly recommend for anyone who loves natural beauty. Well maintained, quiet and not crowded.
Written 5 June 2019
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