A Gorgeous Spring Garden in Westchester - The White Garden
The White Garden in Lewisboro, NY opened its gates for one day today...and oh, what a day it was!
Every April, Shelby White kicks off the Open Days garden-touring season by inviting all garden lovers to visit her phenomenal 45-acre woodland estate in the lower Hudson Valley.
And then I noticed that the fellow handing out maps of the extensive grounds was none other than Patrick Chassé, eminent landscape designer! That was when I realized that this garden was going to be even more than a magnificent daffodil display.
Patrick was as gracious as ever and told me not to miss the formal grounds around the house, the moss garden, and to check out the grotto. He also said that this is the best year for daffodils that we have had in about 8 years. And the timing was perfect - the daffs were in full bloom as were the weeping cherries and flowering pears!
Eric Schmidt, the head gardener at the White Garden, and the person who digs in thousands of new daffodil bulbs every fall, is to be mightily commended. What an awesome job he does.
The White Garden features a Greek Revival-style house and the immediate grounds are classically inspired. A Temple of Apollo overlooks the reflecting pond and a circle garden contains busts of various people from antiquity.
Several water features accent the landscape and a cascade and grotto are stunning.
There is truly so much to see. Like the window into the pool as shown here.
and the fabulous antique stone sculptures. Look at that smiling face.
They will have one more open day on the weekend after Labor Day. So make sure to mark your calendar now! Go to the Garden Conservancy Open Days website for details..
Then you can see all the late summer perennials that will be on display. I can't wait. Above is the Conservatory.
Thank You, Shelby White, for sharing your beautiful landscape with us.