Saturday, August 9, 2008

Enchanting Garden Shop Open for Christmas

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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