Hitch Lyman’s Garden: Garden Conservancy Open Days

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Hitch Lyman's gardenHitch Lyman is a national snowdrop specialist. Of course, the snowdrops are long gone, but doesn’t his garden sound wonderful? From the Garden Conservancy website:

Enjoy this extraordinary collection of 200 lilac varieties as well as species of peonies, daphnes, and crabapples. The 1848 Greek Revival-style farmhouse was moved to this site in 1990 and the garden, pond-side Doric temple, rustic fountain, and odd assembly of trees are slowly reaching out into the surrounding meadow. Architectural building by Glenn Wilder, stonework by Kevin Reilly, and metalwork by Durand Van Doren showcase our area’s talent.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The garden is at 3441 Krums Corners Road in Trumansburg. From Ithaca, go north on Route 96 about 6 miles. Turn right onto Krums Corners Road. Go to sixth driveway on left. Please park on road..

Admission is $5.
DON’T FORGET: Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, see the full schedule for New York. Maybe you have another date open on your calendar.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Art Deco April 16, 2008, 3:15 pm

Hello from PA. Lovely garden photo. Slightly warmer here, but still cold – but people need to realize that a nice garden is possible anywhere.

Water-Garden-Fish-Pond August 15, 2007, 10:41 am

Thats a real lovely pond . The way the plants blend in with the stone work is really good.

Kati May 31, 2007, 1:43 pm

aaaah, drool, drool, drool. Wish I could get to this garden on Open Days! What a tantalizing photo.

ilona May 26, 2007, 2:49 pm

::sigh:: now there is a garden view to aim for 🙂

Just beautiful! The tightly edited color scheme is reminiscent of Thomas Church.

I am downright envious of that wisteria.

Kathy Purdy May 25, 2007, 7:54 am

Kim–if you asked the Garden Conservancy, I bet they would say–lack of volunteers. I know they train people to scout gardens and they also have all sorts of administrative jobs–collecting admission, publicity, etc. The same man who wrote The Greater Perfection, which I reviewed late last year, also started The Garden Conservancy.

Don May 24, 2007, 3:52 pm

What an intriguing gardener; 200 varieties of lilacs, and what I suppose is the best collection of snowdrops in the country. What a combo.

Kim May 24, 2007, 10:58 am

Enticing… definitely. I was disappointed to see that there were no Ohio listings for the Open Garden Days. I wonder why it hasn’t caught on in my fair state?

Kathy Purdy May 22, 2007, 9:30 am

Of course, this is just one picture, meant to entice one to visit the garden itself, which I wasn’t able to do. I hope it is “open” again next year!

Oldroses May 21, 2007, 5:41 pm

I love the stonework.

kate May 21, 2007, 11:29 am

This is a gorgeous garden – I would love to visit it sometime!