DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Those with green thumbs will want to be in Tivoli and Rhinebeck Saturday.
The Garden Conservancy will be hosting its annual open day on Saturday, showcasing gardens in Tivoli and Rhinebeck.
A tea garden at Tivoli will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at 14 North Road. Garden designer Bettina Mueller set out to turn her small backyard into a private world of beauty and tranquility, according to the Garden Conservancy.
Bettina's Japanese-inspired tea garden that won Gardenista's 2015 Best Garden Design Award.The garden features a bamboo fence and gate, stone paths, naturalistic planting, and an antique Chinese water basin.. The garden leads to a tea house nestled in the back of the property where Bettina hosts Japanese tea ceremonies for her guests, according to the Garden Conservancy .
Cedar Heights Orchard in Rhinebeck at 8 Crosby Lane. is another garden that will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gardens near the house, pool house and barn include informal plantings of a variety of bulbs, perennials and shrubs designed for low maintenance and bloom from March to November. Further on the large vegetable garden/cutting garden includes a new border planting to attract butterflies and pollinators.
From there a long path through a meadow leads past several ponds toward a woodland garden of native plants and a stand of bamboo. A one-acre new apple orchard of 240 trees including twenty-four heirloom and new varieties for cider making was planted two years ago. The hillside orchard faces west with a view of the Catskill Mountains, according to the Garden Conservancy .
Amy Goldman Fowler will be showing off her Rhinebeck garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fowler grows heirloom fruits and vegetables—two orchards full of apples, pears, peaches; and three plots of squash, melons, tomatoes, peppers, and more on her 1788 farmstead, according to the Garden Conservancy.
Admission to each garden is $7. For more information, click here .