Sunday, June 03, 2012

11 private garden tours in hastings next weekend


The Friends of the Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library present “Hastings by the Yard,” an exclusive tour of eleven private gardens, the weekend of June 9 and 10, from 1 to 5 PM each day, rain or shine.

The beautiful gardens featured in this tour are distinctive examples of a wide array of styles: formal and informal, woodland and meadow, flower and shrub, vegetable and fruit. For example, the tour will include

Native plant gardens that demonstrate the versatility of wildflowers, shrubs and trees of the Northeast;

Cottage gardens filled with old-fashioned roses and modern cultivars, lush with fragrance and color;

Kitchen gardens overflowing with herbs, leafy greens and heirloom tomatoes;

A beekeeper’s garden humming with bee balm, holly and lavender.

Several gardens offer spectacular views of the Hudson River, framed by venerable trees. Notable water features include a three-level swimming pool with cascading waterfalls and an infinity edge. Plant collections range from groupings of dwarf conifers and hardy cacti to ferns and peonies.

“The gardens in all their variety reveal the inspired results that a keen eye, a green thumb and dedication can produce in a home landscape,” says landscape designer Becca Mudge, curator of “Hastings by the Yard.”

Garden owners will be present during the tour to answer visitors’ questions.

Tickets are on sale at the Hastings Public Library, 7 Maple Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Prices: $20 (advance), $25 (days of tour), $10 (youth, ages 12-18). Tickets are valid for both days. For information or to order tickets, call the Library at 914-478-3307 or visit A free shuttle bus, which begins at the Zinsser Commuter Parking Lot, will make a continuous circle to all locations during tour hours. Note: Parking at the gardens is very limited in most locations.

“Hastings by the Yard: A Tour of Inspired Village Gardens” is sponsored by The Friends of the Hastings Public Library. All proceeds will be used for the enhancement and maintenance of the landscape around the Library.

The village of Hastings on Hudson is one of the most charming villages within Greenburgh. If you enjoy looking at beautiful gardens and great landscaping - this tour is for you.