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Hortulus Farm

One of the region’s most significant private gardens

Description

An 18th-century, 100-acre farm, complete with 30 acres of gardens, walks and a nursery, Hortulus Farm includes major perennial and summer borders, bircha and pine allees, important herb and vegetable gardens and lovely meandering trails and walks.

The historic barns and outbuildings at Hortulus Farm are home to a colorfully diverse family of farm animals, including horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, swans, guinea fowl and pheasants.

Owned by a couple of horticulturists, garden designers and authors — Renny Reynolds and Jack Staub — Hortulus Farm is also the home of Hortulus Farm Organics, which is run by organic gardening guru Shepherd Ogden and a model of sustainable agriculture.

Come Prepared

Guided tours are available May through October. Wear comfortable clothing and sensible shoes. The grounds are not handicapped accessible.

No dogs or children are allowed, and groups of eight or more are asked to schedule an appointment.

Outsider’s Tip

In May, 250,000 daffodils and narcissus bloom along with native dogwood and peonies. The gardens are in their full glory in June and July. The farms also specialize in topiaries and other unusual plants.

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