Outstanding gardens, a 100-foot perennial border, and a view of Lake Sunapee from the Rose Terrace are part of this historic house’s property. A brook trickles to a Japanese water lily pool in the hillside rock garden, which includes a large collection of alpine and native plants. Hidden behind masses of rhododendron, a walled secret garden awaits discovery.
Guided tours of the gardens are conducted daily mid-June through mid-August, Wednesday through Sunday, at 1 p.m. Included in the price of admission. The gardens are open during regular hours year-round for self-guided tours and leisurely strolls. Gardens include the Perennial Border, the Rock Garden, the Rose Terrace, the Old Garden, the Pebble Court, and the Heather Bed.
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Historic but still very active gardens are among the interesting facets to explore on a visit to this community of Shakers, active for 200 years. Community gardens are worked all season by volunteers and learners.
The renowned landscape architectural firm, the Olmsted Brothers, designers of New York’s Central Park and Boston’s Emerald Necklace, designed a community garden at Tracy Memorial Library in 1926. Later, the garden went a period of of decline, but it was restored in the early 2000s to an appearance similar to Olmstead’s image, with the addition of a modernistic bronze fountain by Dimitri Gerakaris of North Canaan. The public is welcome to enjoy the garden for quiet play and contemplation.