Twice a year, Henriette Suhr hosts the Rocky Hills Lecture Series at the Chappaqua Library, with a local expert from the gardening world giving an hourlong illustrated lecture. Last night was garden writer and photographer Ken Druse.
Often she has a few people over to her house and garden in Chappaqua before or after the lecture for drinks and snacks. Rocky Hills has always been one of my favorite gardens in the Hudson Valley and it was great fun yesterday to see it coming back to life after a long, cold winter.
It had been raining all afternoon, but we got a nice break for a tour of the garden.
There are forget-me-nots everywhere — particularly early this year, she says.
They are the most wonderful shade of blue.
Her gardener, Timothy Tilghman, has opened lots of new vistas in the last year.
She has lots of unusual yellow magnolia trees that are just beginning to open.
A peony bed coming to life. These were featured prominently in Martha Stewart Living a few years ago.
I don’t remember this big bed of pachysandra.
The newish rock garden, behind the barn, coming into flower.
The wildflower meadow. This should be in full flower when her garden is open on May 3 and 23 as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program.
A babbling brook runs through much of the property.
Lots of day lilies.
She and her late husband, Billy, bought the property as a weekend retreat more than 50 years ago.
Mrs. Suhr has wonderful taste in tulips.
A bed of hellebores.
And then the rain came again and we headed back to the house.