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Public Gardens Bring English Countryside to Hudson Valley

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Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring offers breathtaking walks and views. Time Warner Cable News' Alexandra Weishaupt filed the following report for NY1.

Walking up the tree-lined path and into the oasis that lies ahead, is like taking a break from reality and stepping into a secret garden for many

"Usually they go, 'I never knew something like this was here...we've been driving up and down this road for years and we never knew it existed,'" says Barbara Licis, manager at Stonecrop Gardens.

In a tranquil setting, with an apparent English flare and restrooms referred to as loos, the French provincial style buildings are nestled onto 12 acres of gardens.

"There's a water garden, there's a rock ledge, there's dry areas, there's wet areas, there's very colorful areas—places that are very serene," Licis says.

Beginning in the 1960s as the home of Anne and Frank Cabot, the land soon became a public garden in 1992. Starting with a supposedly floating conservatory, the land flows into a sea of alpine beds next to the potting shed.

"Typically, alpines grow in high altitude and we just seem to have the right conditions for it," Licis says.

An open space known as the outer sanctum then leads to the inner sanctum of the enclosed English flower garden, a special place within the grounds made up of 25 beds based on color, including white, peach and magenta to name a few.

"It’s so highly gardened, designed by color and it has a lot of annuals and tropical’s—things that you normally wouldn’t see in someone’s garden," Licis says.

If you're up for a little walking, you're in for a wide variety of collections at Stonecrop Gardens, making it the perfect place for a day of study and contemplation in a beautiful Cold Spring setting.

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