Explore The Chocolate Factory – Garden of Ruth Oja, a private garden in Red Hook, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy.
Built on the ruined foundation of a 1895 Livingston grist mill and a former chocolate factory, this garden combines English style naturalism with the Hudson Valley ideal of the picturesque. A path of pine needles winds its way through a woodland garden of native shade plants and shrubs where thousands of spring bulbs bloom before trees leaf out. In the limited sunny areas, there are perennial gardens of roses, phlox, campanula, and bee balm. Shady terraces and woods border a brick walk, which curves downhill to old brick courtyards and gardens enclosed by restored stone factory walls. One last turn reveals the waterfall and its associated shade garden of daffodils, astilbe, foxglove, and broad-leafed evergreens. This is an organic garden living in harmony with its natural and historic surroundings. No reservations required; rain or shine.
Fee: Admission is $7 per person; children 12 & under free.
For More Information: See www.opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.