Gardens in the tristate region are in their full glory now and the Amenia Garden Club is preparing to applaud their beauty. A Celebration of Private Gardens in Millbrook, Amenia and Sharon is planned for Saturday, July 14th, 10AM to 4PM, rain or shine.
Seven gardens—Squirrel Hall in Millbrook; Broccoli Hall, Jade Hill, Neverest, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church Food of Life Pantry and Giving Garden and Phantom’s Rock in Amenia/Wassaic, and Cobble Pond Farm in Sharon—are all included in the day’s tour.
Unlike many gardens, where beauty is the sole goal, St. Thomas’ Food of Life Pantry and Giving Garden has a very special purpose. The Giving Garden was inaugurated in 2014 as a place where the community could come together to help alleviate hunger. All of the fresh produce grown in the 16 oversized raised beds is distributed each week at the Food of Life Food Pantry. The food pantry provides three days of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) to all, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Meals include meat, dairy, bread, eggs, non-perishable food and fresh organic produce grown in the Giving Garden.
St. Thomas Church was built between 1850 and 1852, from a design by noted architect Richard Upjohn, the designer of Trinity Church in New York City. With two Tiffany windows, St. Thomas Church is considered one of the finest examples of the Gothic Revival style that became popular in the second half of the 19th century.
The air-conditioned parish house will be available for rest stops and a cool space for those who would like to bring a lunch. The church will also be open.
Tour tickets at $25 provide access to the gardens as well as educational demonstrations and exclusive discounts at the Twin Brooks Garden Center on Route 44 in Millbrook and Paley’s Market and Farm Center on Route 343 in Sharon.
In addition, Troutbeck will offer a special Amenia Garden Tour lunch for $35. Reservations are required and the Garden Club should be mentioned when calling 845-789-1555.
Tickets may be purchased on the day of the event beginning at 9AM at the official Amenia Garden Club tent at Amenia Town Hall, 4988 Route 22. Tickets purchased in advance of the event at the club’s website,
www.ameniagardens.org will be discounted 10 percent and can be picked up at Town Hall on the day of the event. Tickets will not be available at the garden locations.
For more information and to purchase advance tickets, click here to go to the Amenia Garden Club website.