Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
Tuesday, August 23rd
Is there anyplace on earth so peaceful, so stunning, so steeped in history as Mohonk Mountain House? This National Historic Landmark Resort allows visitors to step back in history in the Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County, New York. Just 90 miles north of New York City, the Mountain House is huge, rambling, chock full of antiques, and stories of yesteryear; yet it’s full of today’s amenities. The gracious staff is attendant to a guest’s every wish, and it’s the best place I know of to be pampered in the midst of Mother Nature’s splendor.
But I fell in love with the gardens first. As one approaches the House, the riot of color and form charms all comers. Specimen trees dot the landscape, summerhouses are everywhere; and themes of English, Italian, Victorian gardening (and more) are evident. The plants are nicely marked, and at the greenhouse shop many are available for sale. As a gardener, I’d long wanted to see the famed Mohonk gardens, and they didn’t disappoint. This year, on September 1st, I’m honored to be speaking as part of Mohonk Mountain House’s 76th Annual Garden Holiday Week, which runs from August 28th to September 2nd. My topic is “The Bins and Outs of Composting”, but there’ll be many other lectures, presentations, demonstrations, garden walks, etc. over the course of the week, by many other professional gardeners.
The main house, a seven-story castle which can accommodate up to 500 guests, is set like a jewel in the midst of thousands of acres of surrounding forest, and is perched adjacent to a clear glacial lake, fine for swimming, fishing, and paddleboating. There’s also golfing, rock climbing, hiking, stables, and oh so many other forms of recreation. Don’t miss the award-winning Spa, the fitness center, and the Barn Museum which chronicles the 142-year history of the Mountain House, as well as life in the area since 1869.
Come join me in a magical place, to be immersed not only in history and comfort and nature, but also in gardening.