YES, THERE ARE HOLES FROM HAIL STORMS in the largest foliage here, and a voracious woodchuck early on left his mark, too, followed by a recent rabbit invasion, countless downpours and lots of wild wind. But what the heck? You’re all gardeners; you know how it goes. To support my town’s annual “day,” I’m opening the garden August 20th from 10 to 4, preceded by a gardening lecture at 8:30 AM at a historic local church (details on lecture preregistration is on the jump page). Come visit—and wander this dirt road and beyond for milking demonstrations at the nearest dairy, and lots more.
The fourth annual Copake Falls Day—a hamlet in Columbia County, New York, that includes a substantial tract of Taconic State Park land, part of the New York State park system—includes a lineup of events from antique tractors and cars to an art show tours of the former Iron Works (this was an iron-ore mining town back in the day). Other local gardens will also be open for visiting. My contributions to the goings-on:
To register for my 8:30 AM slide lecture at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, follow this link. The topic: “Nonstop Plants: The 365-Day Garden,” on my four-season philosophy, favorite plants, and a history of the garden here. The $20 donation includes a $5 coupon redeemable toward a signed copy of my recent book, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” for those interested. Proceeds from tickets and book sales will benefit Friends of Taconic State Park, an important charitable group within my community and one close to my heart, since my garden is surrounded by parkland on three sides.
Open Garden Day
The garden will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free. Those attending the 8:30 lecture will have to choose a visiting time (either 10, 11 or noon), to smooth traffic flow at the garden. After all, Jack the Demon Cat can only greet so many people at once. Those not attending the lecture first can just show up. Again, August is not peak garden-visiting time, but I’ll be here to answer questions, and we always manage to have fun (and frogs).
Waterfall, Trails and Other Attractions
- Visit Bash Bish Falls, the largest waterfall in Massachusetts and right up the hill from here, just across the border.
- Ride your bikes or walk on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail (or rent bikes from Bash Bish Bicycle).
- Bring your swimsuit and take a dip in the “ore pit” (a former iron-ore mining site that became a small lake years ago) at Taconic State Park.
- Get all the Copake Falls Day event details here.