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The Gardens at Wynkoop House, Stone Ridge, New York

The Gardens at Wynkoop House

In 1992, when Wynkoop House was purchased by the current owner, the landscape had been neglected for years: the mid-eighteenth-century Dutch barn had been destroyed, and the adjacent wagon shed, though still standing, had been condemned by village officials. We immediately set out to clear the yard of weed trees, to stabilize the existing barn, and search for a suitable replacement for the missing barn.

Ten years later, a new landscape was in place: the yard and fields were fenced; an ornamental parterre was planted in the square between the main block of the house and the kitchen wing (daffodils and tulips in spring, blue salvia and standard PG hydrangeas in summer); an oval lawn was defined by a summer flower bed of dahlias and hollyhocks at one end and an extensive shade garden at the other: and a new 80 foot stone terrace, lined with espaliered pears, was built into the side of the hill, offering a view, through a colonnade of ancient black locusts, of the wetlands below, dense with red maple and native willows. An eighteenth-century Dutch barn frame, identical in dimension to the missing barn, was re-erected adjacent to the site of the original barn, set in a field planted in wildflowers.

These gardens provide a variety of backdrops for entertaining or photography: a formal garden in the European manner; a shady woodland garden with unusual ferns and specimen trees; a large oval lawn graced by mature black locusts and silver maples; a terrace, 80 x 20 feet, surrounded by a four-foot dry stone wall;; and a wild-flower meadow.

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