Sunday, December 7, 2008

Nothing Says 'Celebration' Like Peacock Feathers

Peacock feathers, fresh juniper greens (covered in juniper berries), and blue beads make this custom wreath the perfect decoration from now until New Year's.

Victoria Gardens has a large selection of handmade wreaths to help you decorate for the season.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Silver Birds

They are galvanized actually, but either way these metal birds in flight make fantastic ornaments for your tree.

We can't wait until spring, when we can hang them in the garden!

Friday, December 5, 2008

We Have Something Special For Your Front Door!

From now until Christmas Victoria Gardens will have a stunning array of custom, handmade wreaths.

We use fresh fir greens, so you can use them inside or out, and they smell fantastic.

Nothing welcomes friends and family like a holiday wreath on your front door!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Poinsettias: Odd Tidbits And Unexpected Advice

Native to Mexico, the plant we all know as Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is the top selling flowering potted plant in America.

We found this site with other fun poinsettia facts, and here are a few of our favorites:
  • Poinsettias are commercially grown in all 50 states.
  • Ninety percent of all poinsettias are exported from the United States (boost the U.S. economy, buy yourself a poinsettia!)
  • The showy colored parts of poinsettias that most people think are the flowers are actually colored bracts (modified leaves).
  • A study at Ohio State University showed that a 50 pound child who ate 500 bracts might have a slight tummy ache. (But we don't recommend you try this at home!)
  • Seventy-four percent of Americans still prefer red poinsettias; 8 percent prefer white and 6 percent pink. (We love the pink ones! They're traditional with a twist.)
Like any other euphorbia, the milky white sap can cause skin irritation, so wash your hands if you get some on you, and don't rub your eyes! (During the 14th through 16th century the sap was used to control fevers, but again, we don't recommend you try this at home.)

If you leave your new poinsettia in the decorative foil, be sure to punch holes in foil so water can drain into a saucer.

And we found this advice on poinsettia care from Horticulture Magazine's website:

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Bright light, normal room temperatures (60?–70?F), and regular watering suit newly acquired plants. Cut the stems down to six inches in the spring and keep the soil nearly dry until new growth appears. Repot and water well over the summer. In mid-fall, increase watering and feeding and keep the plant in total darkness for 14 hours a day until flower bracts form and begin to show color. Then treat normally.

Total darkness for 14 hours a day?! Who would ever guess that you stuff a poinsettia in your coat closet to make it bloom?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Local Artist Meg Oliver Featured at Our Holiday Open House

Victoria Gardens is featuring the work of local artist Meg Oliver for the holidays. All of Miss Oliver's ceramic pieces are hand thrown, hand cut and glazed. These porcelain pieces (votive candle holder, mug, and bowls) are particularly beautiful when light shines through the translucent cut outs, which then look like stained glass.

These and other pieces from Miss Oliver are on display and for sale at Victoria Gardens now through Christmas.

Friday, November 28, 2008

March of the Penguins

These adorable silver and white penguins will brighten any winter table scape or mantle.

Visit and be inspired by our other Holiday decorating ideas. Custom garlands, custom wreaths, and fresh cut Christmas trees also available.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

From everyone at Victoria Gardens: We would like to thank all of you for making this another great season. We value all of our clients and customers, and we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Come by and see us one more time! We have fresh cut trees, custom wreaths, ornaments, and so much more! (Including these beautiful lit paper stars.)

We are closed today to eat turkey, but we will be open tomorrow 8:30 am to 6 pm, and this weekend is our Holiday Open House! Extended Holiday hours from now on Sundays 10 am to 6 pm.

If you can't make it here by 6, we will extend our hours upon request. Call us at (845) 658-9007.

And again, thank you.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

White Porcelain Feather Ornaments

Elegant and modern these white porcelain ornaments come in five different styles and sizes. Great Christmas ornaments and keepsakes.

Be sure to come in and see all our Holiday decorations and gifts at our Holiday Open House this weekend, Saturday 8:30 am to 6pm and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.

And We Have Grab-N-Go Prewrapped Gifts!

Here are some of the white porcelain feather ornaments (pictured above) pre-wrapped for only $8.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Woodland Critter Ornaments

We are unpacking new Christmas ornaments, preparing for our Holiday Open House, which is this weekend, the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, and these little woodland critter ornaments are just adorable. They are going fast, so come in and get some of your shopping done early!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Featured: Local Artists Handmade Ornaments

We are lucky enough to have the work of many local artists for the Holiday season, including these hand-crafted acorn ornaments.

And for only $6, you can shop local, support local artists, and stay within your holiday budget!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Collecting Unwrapped Toys

Victoria Gardens is proud to announce it will be collecting unwrapped toys for “Comittment to Kids.”

The deadline for bringing in toys is December 6th, because the toys will be distributed December 7th to families in need right here in Ulster County.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Calling All Bird Watchers!

Be on the look out for great holiday gifts for the bird lover in your life. We have these fantastic birch bark bird ornaments that just arrived today!

All of our ornaments, custom wreaths, fresh cut trees, and gifts will be on display next weekend, November 29th and 30th at our Holiday Open House. Please join us for refreshments and unique holiday gifts you can't find anywhere else.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Woodland Decor ForThe Holidays And Beyond

Many of our wonderful holiday gift items can stay out well after the holidays are over. Pine cone and twig candles can add a rustic touch to any table. White ceramic-lace edged cake plates can be used year round. Three-tiered black wire serving stand can hold crudités at Thanksgiving, cookies at Christmas, and hors d'oeuvres on New Years Eve.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Handmade Gifts Keep Your Loved one Cozy

Locally hand knit socks and hats are the perfect gifts for that special someone once the weather outside is frightful!

We will be featuring locally made crafts and gifts all through the holiday season.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Intricate Wooden Snowflakes

These stunning wooden ornaments can be purchased individually or as a set. Sold as singles they are only $1.60!

You can call us to check for availability (845) 658-9007.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Unique Filimant Garland For Your Table And Your Tree

We are in love right now with this new filament garland. It almost looks like metal lace, delicate in appearance, but sturdy enough to use year after year. We love it as a tabletop decoration for Thanksgiving and then move it over to your tree for Christmas.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Happy hallween to all our friends
~ from all of us at
Victoria Gardens

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Deer Resistant bulbs: 'Shubertii' and 'Ivory Queen' Allium

There are many varieties of deer-resistant bulbs: daffodil, muscari, fritillaria, and allium. The most common allium is the tall 'purple sensation' which we love, but here are two lesser known varieties of allium: 'Schubertii' and 'Ivory Queen.'

In the spring everyone asks about these two varieties when they see them in our display gardens. The 'Ivory Queen' in particular is hard to identify as an allium, because of its unusual (and beautiful) foliage and its very short stature. Before 'Ivory Queen' blossoms, it looks like an exotic ground cover, and after it blooms, it still only reaches a height of about six inches. The flowers are small white spheres, and 'Ivory Queen' is best planted at the front of the bed in full sun.

'Ivory Queen' has subtle beauty, whereas 'Schubertii' looks like small fireworks in your garden.

Growing to a height of twelve to eighteen inches, 'Schubertii' is a striking pink shock in late spring, and these unusual flowers dry well and can be used for arrangements. Plant in a group of five or seven in full sun or partial shade for a dramatic effect.

In addition to being beautiful, long lasting, low-maintenance, and deer-resistant, allium are also rabbit and squirrel resistant. Amazing! Come in and see all the great deer-resistant varieties we have in stock.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Planting Bulbs Video Tutorial

We realized after we filmed this that we went a little fast, so forgive us. Next time we'll slow it down. The basics covered here are: Make sure the bulbs are nice and firm. Squeeze them, if they feel soft at all, they are bad bulbs and will not flower for you in the spring. The top of most spring-blooming bulbs are points and the bottoms will be rounded, sometimes with roots, although the Anemone bulbs look almost like buttons (you have to look for the tiny roots in one of the dimpled sides). The next bulb basic is that you want to plant the bulbs at a depth three times their height, so if the daffodil bulb is two inches high, your hole should be six inches deep. The final basic we cover in the video is: firm those bulbs in! Padding down the soil around the bulbs will discourage squirrels and chipmunks from digging up your newly planted bulbs.

A couple things we didn't cover: You want to wait until after the first frost to plant bulbs. Many times they are available in September, but wait to plant them until there has been a frost.

Also, you can sprinkle in some bulb tone into the hole if you are planting somewhere other than a nice fertilized garden. When we plant bulbs that will naturalize (spread) at the edge of a wooded area and a lawn, we alway use bulb-tone in the hole as we plant, to feed the bulbs in the first year, and then we sprinkle the ground with bulb-tone each fall after that. If you are planting bulbs in a garden that you fertilize with organic material (fish emulsion, aged manure, compost) than no extra fertilization is necessary for your bulbs.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Peacock Planter at Old Westbury Gardens

This very cool Peacock planter was another treasure that Victoria discovered while visiting the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens in Long Island, NY. The yew is planted in the ground behind the planter, while the body of the peacock is planted with trifolium, ferns, ivy, and the top plant we couldn't identify.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Victoria's Road Trip: Old Westbury Gardens and Planting Fields in Long Island, New York

I was a lucky girl this week and got to go on a wonderful field trip to Long Island with my great friends Deb, Bonni, and Barbara. We visited Old Westbury Gardens and Planting Fields where we attended a wonderful program put on by Horticulture magazine.

This is a dawn redwood Metasequoia glytostroboides that we got to visit with during the lunch break in class. This is one of my favorite trees, it's known as a living fossil because it has been around for 350 million years. It was rediscovered in the 1940's and brought here to the United States by the Arnold Arboritum. This one was maybe 70 ft tall. It had wonderful cones and these long string like beads of seeds? Not really sure what they are but boy were they pretty. Any one have a clue?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October Sale: 30% OFF Everything in the Nursery: Watch Your Investment Grow!

It's not too late to plant! Cool nights and the rain we got this afternoon, make it the perfect time to plant. Plus, with 30% off trees, shrubs, and perennials, adding to your garden now will earn big returns on your investment when they bloom next summer(gains measured in happiness and joy of course).

Take for instance this beautiful Hydrangea 'Limelight' is 4' tall now (easy to carry and plant), but will grow to be 8' to 10' tall and wide. Talk about watching your investment grow!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall Color: DYCs (Damn Yellow Composites)

"Damn Yellow Composites."

In wildflower identification, the Asteracceae family is so large (1100 genera and 20,000 species), that specific identification in the field can be so difficult as to not be worth it. You can figure out it's an Asteraceae easily enough: most members are composite (they have both ray and disc flowers). You can usually identify the color, yellow, and the family, and that's it. (Unless you're lucky enough to have figured out you've got a sunflower) - Sometimes attributed to Lady Bird Johnson.

And even though gardeners hate trying to identify them, we love the way they offer fall flowers even after last night's heavy frost. This particular variety (we are lucky enough our grower knows the variety) is Helianthus 'Low Down' which has a low bushy growth habit (15" to 18" high) and an abundance of blooms.

Pictured behind the Helianthus is another fall favorite Fothergilla (we'll talk more about this one later) and a variegated holly called 'Honey Maid.'

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fall Color: Pyracantha Orange Glow

Pyracantha (Firethorn) is a fantastic drought resistant evergreen shrub. It flowers in the spring, covering the plant with clusters of white flowers, but as you can see, the real display starts in September. The bright orange berries can persist into winter, depending on how many birds stop by for a nibble.

Firethorn is in fact covered with sharp thorns, so be careful planting or transplanting a large specimen. Pyracantha 'Orange Glow' can reach 10' tall and 12' wide, although there are other varieties that are more compact (and also varieties with red fruit).

A favorite use of pyracantha is as an espalier, and up against a wall can be trained into many different shapes. Firethorn is a fast grower, and can also be used on slopes to help with erosion. It can be pushed in to the shade, but will flower and fruit best in full sun.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Come Get Your Scary Plants!

With Halloween just around the corner, we'll help you decorate inside and out with our Halloween-themed decorations and some spooky plants: the dark, almost black, Alocasia (of the elephant ear family) and the tropical cork-screw Equisetum (of the horsetail family). Both are house plants, and both could easily go from dressing up your Halloween display to adding a modern-Zen touch to your guest room or office.

Another great double-duty houseplant is the playful pincushion (Nertera granadensi), which can decorate your Halloween tabletop, and then don your Thanksgiving table too. These little plants will keep their berry best in bright light and cool temperatures. At the start of summer, they produce small white flowers, followed by long-lasting orange berries.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mums Make Us Happy

This time of year, when we cut back our sad, spent perennials, pull out the last of the weeds, and add a layer of fall mulch, we should feel content, satisfied with a good season. But we want more! More color more blooms! When we plant addicts see a neat and tidy garden after a fall clean-up, all we see is holes, open spaces where there could be color!

Lucky for us, mums, ornamental cabbage and kale, asters, pansies, and ornamental peppers offer us a few more weeks of of what we gardeners love. . . flowers.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Blue in October?

Still blooming blue in October: 'Endless Summer' Hydrangea and Delphinium 'Royal Aspirations'.

People who come into the nursery looking for blue flowering plants are often looking for a particular blue, one that is not too purple. These two are that perfect blue. An annual in the same shade is Salvia patens, which because we haven't had a killing frost yet, is also still blooming this October.

We've been talking about putting together a talk and slide show for 2009 called "Black and Blue," in which we will try to make a compilation of all the black flowering and blue flowering perennials and shrubs we can think of.

Here's a partial list of some of the blues we've already come up with: Baptisia australis, Brunnera macrophylla, Lithodora diffusa, Campanula poscharskyana, and Corydalis flexuosa.

Some blue bulbs: Muscari armeniacum and Muscari 'Blue Spike' (Grape Hyacinth), Scilla siberica, Camassia cusickii, and Camassia quamash. We have all these bulb varieties in stock at the store now, so come on in and get some, so you can be blue next spring.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fall Fruiting Trees: Attracting Birds

The crab apple (pictured foreground top and bottom left) and the dogwood (background top) are putting on their second show of the year. We love plants that do double (or triple) duty. Mostly known for their spring flowers, crab apples and dogwoods don't get enough credit or attention for their fall contribution. Their bright red fruit offer an additional texture to the autumn foliage. Not only ornamental, both are the favorites of birds, especially the Eastern Bluebird, the Northern Cardinal, and the Yellow Warbler.

At a time when many bird feeders in the Hudson Valley may be attracting bears, you can still draw birds to your back yard with these fall fruiting trees.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fall Bloomers: The Virtuous Echinacea

We at Victoria Gardens love all varieties of Echinacea. This one pictured to the left is named 'Virgin' (we can only guess because of it's lovely white pedals). Our specimens look fresh and fantastic. Other new varieties that we like are are 'Green Envy' and 'Green Jewel' (the latter being a little more cream colored with just a hint of green). 'Kim's Knee High' is another one of our favorites. It is a stout and sturdy Echinacea that only gets about 15" to 18" high.

There were a couple hybrids that disappointed us two seasons ago, 'Art's Pride' and "Meadow Bright', which promised to be red and orange, but they were scraggly and they lost their color. They were really miserable performers.

However, there are some new varieties, which are proving to live up to their promises. 'Sunrise', 'Sundown', 'Sunset', and 'Summer Skies' are some stellar Echinacea that we have field tested, and we highly recommend.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fall Color

Many people (mistakenly) believe that once summer is over, their garden is over as well. At Victoria Gardens, we believe that fall in the garden has the potential to knock your socks off with an amazing assortment of autumn blooming perennials, fall-fruiting trees and shrubs, and a rainbow of fall foliage. Ornamental grasses are pluming now, offering great texture and height in perennial beds where you may have cut back many of your summer bloomers.

Rudbeckia fugida, pictured here in the foreground, is a native to us in the northeast, and a graceful and reliable addition to the fall garden. Pictured behind the rudbeckia is a Japanese Maple 'Tamukeyamia Threadleaf' which offers this stunning maroon color throughout the season. The threadleaf is a dwarf variety only reaching 8' tall and 10' wide, so it can easily be a focal point in a perenial bed. But take care in where you plant this ornamental tree, listed as zone 5b, we find that it likes protection from winter winds and prefers almost sandy, well-drained soil.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Forget Pet Rocks, We've got Living Stones!

Aren't these wild? Lithops are a type of ice plant from South Africa. Living stones flower in the fall during October and November, so ours are flowering right now!

Those things that look like toes are the leaves, and the flower pokes up in between the two halves. After flowering, the old leaves shrivel up and completely replaced by two new leaves.

We have a "How to Care for Lithos" pamphlet available at the shop, and the instructions are pretty simple. You mist them with water once every two weeks during the winter months and then in the spring you start misting once a week until it flowers in fall. This is a great gift for kids and grownups alike!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Victoria Gardens Hosts a Quilt and Garden Show for a Good Cause

Master gardener, Cheryl Alloway, helped organize this great event. The Friendly Neighbors Quilting Group brought over one hundred quilts and displayed them inside and outside in the nursery. Addmission is canned food and the donations benefit the Food pantries of Rosaendale and Marbletown.

Read this article in Ulster Publishing for more details.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Unearthing the past: Finding a one-of-a-kind nursery

Press Release

Unearthing the past: Finding a one-of-a-kind nursery

When landscape designer Victoria Coyne and her husband, Wayne Waddell, first saw the rundown hillside property in Rosendale, New York, they saw a cement block, one-story building with a caved in roof and a back lot covered with debris and tires, but they had a vision of a grand, open space with cathedral-like ceilings and an impeccable outdoor nursery. Their vision became a reality with the grand opening of The Shop @ Victoria Gardens, March 1, 2007.
The couple had suspected that there were veins of bedrock through the property, but as they dug out over 400 tires and other debris from the property they realized that there was a shelf of bedrock that extended for almost 1,300 square feet. Wayne cleared off 200 yards of soil with a Backhoe, and then the two took turns power washing the surface.
What they uncovered was an almost level 375 million year old bedrock shelf that was at one time under the ocean. The rock’s surface is covered with fossils of shells and sea creatures. This bedrock is the magical setting for an enchanting nursery.

Victoria has been gardening in the Hudson Valley professionally for over 20 years. With that experience and knowledge, Victoria brings in specimens of perennials, shrubs, and trees that have performed well in the area for her in past, and she is also always seeking to introduce new plants that suite the weather and terrain.
The plants are sourced from quality growers, with whom Victoria has known and worked with for years. Victoria Gardens is an impeccable nursery where all the plants are well cared for.
The nursery is not set up in sterile rows of plants, but rather, presented in vignettes of complementary plants that provide a visual sense how they will look in your own garden. Victoria divides the nursery in to four categories: Full sun, shade, deer resistant full sun, and deer resistant shade.
Inside the beautiful cedar-sided building, white maples cut from the property tower from floor to ceiling. The columns of trees and huge south facing windows gives the building the look and feel of a church, a place where gardeners might come to pay homage to the newest Echinacea hybrid, or the autumn-blooming clematis.
The garden center carries tools, pottery, gifts, outdoor furniture, and organic alternatives to insecticides, fungicides, and fertilizers.
The Shop at Victoria Gardens is more than a spectacular, rock-top nursery and garden center; it is a little piece of Horticultural Heaven. It is a destination.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Enchanting Garden Shop Open for Christmas

Press Release

Enchanting Garden Shop Open for Christmas

The Shop at Victoria Gardens in Rosendale, the rock-top boutique nursery will be open for Christmas for the first time this year. In addition to fresh cut Christmas trees and handmade wreaths and garlands, Victoria will also offer a wide assortment of garden inspired giftware and accessories, poinsettias and houseplants, and seasonal decorations.
“People have the misconception that we are expensive, but then they come in, and they realize we are very competitive” says proprietor Victoria Coyne. Prices for artist handmade jewelry range from $15 to $48. New and vintage pottery is priced from $8 and up, while beautiful 4” by 6” indoor/outdoor rugs in a variety of colors and styles are only $30. “This is one of my favorite items” Victoria says as she holds up a lovely green and blue embroidered purse.
Colorful Atlas gardening gloves make great stocking stuffers, and if you don’t know what to get the gardener in your life, Victoria offers gift certificates.
There will be a Christmas Open House at The Shop at Victoria Gardens on Saturday December 8th, which coincides with FRozendale in Rosendale.
Also on Sunday December 2nd at 11 am, Victoria will host a free Holiday Garland demonstration. Learn to make your own stunning garland for your railing or tabletop. After the demonstration, kits will be available to purchase, and Victoria will help you make a garland to take home. The Shop at Victoria Gardens is located on Rt. 213 and Cottekill road, in between Rosendale and High Falls. Visit and be inspired.

Hudson Valley Green Trail Offers Unique Autumn Drive and Exceptional Nurseries

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Hudson Valley Green Trail Offers Unique Autumn Drive and Exceptional Nurseries

IF you’re looking to catch one final weekend of fall color, fresh produce, and plant shopping, this is a perfect daytrip along The Green Trail – a scenic drive to some of the best nurseries and farm stands in the Hudson Valley.

The Hudson Valley Green Trail offers a unique experience at this time of year. Fall is still a great time to plant, and all of the nurseries and farm stands still have great plants for your fall garden and flowers and produce for your Thanksgiving table. Fall blooming perennials will still be in bloom, and most nursery stock is on sale.

The Green Trail winds around the Mohonk Preserve and ends only a few miles from Minnewaska State Park. So if you want to make a weekend of it, you can stay at the Mohonk Mountain House or a variety of B&B’s in High Falls and the surrounding towns.

The Green Trail also offers just a great Saturday day drive with beautiful views. The back roads of New Paltz, Rosendale, and High Falls offer all the natural grand vistas and small town vignettes that make this area so charming.

So, what doesn’t The Green Trail have? The fastest or shortest possible route, so don’t use your GPS! Follow the directions and enjoy the ride.

New York State Thruway to exit 17 (Newburgh)
Route 84 West to exit 6 (17K)
Stay on 17K for half a mile
Turn right onto Rte 23 / Rock Cut Rd.
Travel for 1 mile
Turn left onto Rte 52
Travel approximately 10 miles (pass through Walden)
Pass straight through traffic light
Turn left on to Hill Rd.
LorJon Nursery on Left

LORJON NURSERY (845) 744-5847
Loraine & John Lewis ('Jack' to all their clients and friends) have been raising trees, shrubs and perennials for the landscape trade for more than 20 years as a labor of love. The 10 acre site was at one time a field of weed filled, corn stubble, which had been neglected for years. Hard work and undying dedication over the years gave life to more than 20 hoop houses and extensive perennial gardens.

Turn right out of parking lot onto Hill Rd.
Travel .4 miles
Turn right onto Rte 52.
Travel 3 miles.
Turn left at the light onto Albany Post Rd/Cty Rte 14
(As you Cross into Ulster County
Cty Rte 14 becomes Cty Rte 9.)
Travel approximately 7 miles to Rte 44/55
Cross 44/55 and continue 1 mile on Cty Rte 9.
At stop sign bear right onto Libertyville Rd/Cty Rte 7.
Travel approximately 4 miles to stop sign.
Turn right onto Rte 299.
Turn right into Wallkill View Farm stand immediately.

WALLKILL VIEW FARM (845) 255-8050
If you are feeling a bit peckish, Wallkill has homemade pies, breads, and pastries, as well as New York State cheese, honey and pure maple syrup. You’ll also find high quality, farm fresh produce. There is a picnic area, you-pick pumpkins, free weekend hay rides, and a corn maze for kids and grown ups alike, as well as a large selection of seasonal plants.

Turn right out of parking lot onto Rte 299.
Travel .75 miles
Turn left onto Springtown Rd.
Travel .5 miles
Bear right at Y in road to stay on Springtown Rd.
After approximately 7 miles follow road around sharp right downhill curve to stop sign.
See St Peter’s Church on left.
Turn left onto James St. and go to stop sign.
Turn left onto Rte 213
Travel 1.1 miles
Turn right onto Cottekill Rd.
Turn left into Victoria Gardens.

VICTORIA GARDENS (845) 658-9007
Sitting up on a hill, this unusual boutique nursery is set on a 375 million year old bedrock shelf that was under the ocean. The rock’s surface is covered with fossils of shells and other sea creatures. This bedrock is the magical setting for a nursery with vignettes of complementary plants that provide a visual sense how they will look in your own garden.
Inside the beautiful cedar-sided building, white maples cut from the property tower from floor to ceiling. The columns of trees and huge south facing windows gives the building the look and feel of a church, a place where gardeners might come to pay homage to the newest Echinacea hybrid, or the autumn-blooming clematis.
The garden center carries a line of giftware for the stylish gardener: tools, pottery, jewelry, seasonal decorations, outdoor furniture, and organic alternatives to insecticides, fungicides, and fertilizers. Victoria Gardens is more than a spectacular, rock-top nursery and garden center; it is a little piece of horticultural heaven. It is a destination you should not miss.

Turn left out of parking lot onto Cottekill Rd.
Travel .5 miles to stop sign.
Bear left onto Cottekill Rd. again.
Travel 1.5 miles to stop sign.
Cross Lucas Ave and continue on Cottekill Rd.
Just before the traffic light at Rte 209,
Turn right into Davenport Farms.

DAVENPORT FARMS (845) 687-0051
Autumn is spectacular in the Catskills and the beauty and bounty of the harvest can be found at Davenport farms. One stop and you'll find many varieties of crisp and juicy apples for eating and baking, tons of winter squash to serve up on these chilly fall nights, and pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Every shape and size of pumpkin can be found whether you're baking a prize-winning pie or carving a vase for your Thanksgiving center piece. There is a hay tunnel for the children to play in while you browse. They have a bakery that makes pies as good as Grandma, and many other fresh baked goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Turn left out of parking lot onto Rte 209 south.
Travel approximately 8 miles.
Saunderskill Farm is on the on right.

SAUNDERSKILL FARM (845) 626-2758
Saunderskill Farms has been continuously farmed since 1680. Second in age only to the Hull family farm in Southhold, Long Island, Saunderskill Farm now includes more than 800 acres of vegetables, flowers and orchards. The stone manor house, built in 1787, still stands on the property, as does the barn that housed oxen used to pull barges on the Delaware & Hudson Canal, a section of which meanders through the property. Saunderskill is one of the few farms in the nation to have received the rare Tricentennial Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Bakery features delicious cider donuts as well as an assortment of pastries, breads, cookies, and pies. All are made fresh each morning before the Farm Market opens. The bakery is open and taking orders for Thanksgiving pies.

Turn right out of the parking lot on to 209
Travel 7.3 miles
Turn right on Pataukunk Road (before the Kerhonkson Hill)
Pataukunk Road becomes Samsonville Rd. after the horse pasture
Travel 4.3 miles
Catskill Native Nursery is on the left.

Catskill Native Nursery specializes in nursery-propagated North American perennials, fruits, shrubs and trees. Native plants are a natural choice for woodland, meadow, and aquatic gardens. Native plants are ornamental, easy to maintain and provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife - and yourself. Many natives are becoming scarce in the wild - you can help to restore biodiversity by adding native plants to your landscape. Come and browse - you might be surprised at the unique beauty and garden worthiness of the native flora.

Turn right out of the parking lot
Take Samsonville Rd. back to Rt. 209
Turn right on to Rt. 209 go down the hill
Follow 209 straight through the traffic light
Turn left on to 44/55
Tavel 17 miles to New Paltz
(after hairpin turn) Turn left onto 299
Follow signs to Thruway.

Total driving time for the Green Trail is an hour and 15 minutes (Starting in Pine Bush and ending in Kerhonkson), but take your time and explore every nursery and farm stand.

Enjoy your plants and pies!

Lorjon Nursery
918 Hill Ave.
Pine Bush, NY 12566
(845) 744-5847

Wallkill View Farm Market
2415 Rt. 299
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-8050

Victoria Gardens
1 Cottekill Rd.
Posendale, NY 12472
(845) 658-9007

Davenport Farms
3411 Rt. 209
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
(845) 687-0051

Saunderskill Farm
5100 Rt. 209
Accord, NY 12404
(845) 626-2758

Catskill Native Nursery
607 Samsonville Rd.
Kerhonkson, NY 12404
(845) 626-2758