Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Virtual Tour: Hudson Valley Gardens - Kykuit

Our winter virtual tours continue. Hopefully this will inspire a real trip because it is so close. Hard to think about while the snow is still coming down? That's what daydreams and the internet are for.

"Kykuit (pronounced cake-eight), home to four generations of the Rockefeller dynasty, offers magnificent views of the Hudson River from the palatial estate. The remarkable beaux-arts landscape was created by William Welles Bosworth between 1907 and 1913. Formal gardens include the Rose Garden, Morning and Brook gardens, Italian garden, Adam and Eve Fountain area, and several terraced areas featuring sculptures by Henry Moore, Gaston Lachaise, Aristide Maillol, Alexander Calder, and others.

An elegant, neo-classical mansion sited high above the Hudson River, you enter Boscobel through the apple orchard to the formal rose garden with its central fountain. There are over 140 varieties of roses and 600 separate plants on display in the garden. The one-mile Woodland Trail winds through 29 acres of wooded landscape with rustic structures, and features spectacular vistas of the river."

-prepared by Hudson Valley Tourism

For many more images click here - a visitor (and good photographer!) captured over a hundred images featuring the sculptures and gardens of Kykuit.

Kykuit is reached from the Visitor's Center at Philipsburg Manor, located on Route 9 in the village of Sleepy Hollow.

Kykuit is Open
May 9 to Nov. 1, Nov. 6-8

Visitor Center opens at 9am

Daily except Tuesdays: Various Tours

For More Information
Call 914.631.8200 Monday through Friday or 914.631.3992 on weekends