Gardens of the Hudson Valley

The majesty of the Hudson River has captivated both artists and visitors for generations, and the gardens along its banks have a special character. Those created for the Gilded Age estates are more formal; private gardens respond directly to the rolling landscape and mature forests. The area is a crucible for the development of American landscape design since the major figures—Andrew Jackson Downing, Frederick Law Olmsted, Beatrix Farrand, and Fletcher Steele—all worked in the Hudson Valley.

Gardens of the Hudson Valley focuses on the historic landscape and how gardens have been integrated into it. Photographers Steve Gross and Susan Daley have selected twenty-five gardens between Yonkers and Hudson, including famous estate gardens like Kykuit, Boscobel, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and Olana (all open to the public) and private gardens that combine sweeping views and lush plantings.
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Praise for Gardens of the Hudson Valley

"While many of the iconic and historic gardens in the book are open to the public ... the authors have also included several private residences that maintain the region’s grand garden tradition. There are luscious photographs of contemporary gardens belonging to folks such as Dr. Norman Posner and Charles A. Baker of Hudson Bush Farm in Claverack (photo above), Gerald Moore and Joyce Nereaux on Mount Merino, Conrad Hanson in Germantown, and Amy Goldman in Rhinebeck."

--"Book News: The Gardens of the Hudson Valley", Rural, October 27, 2010