If you're an avid garden lover, as I am, than a trip to England should be on your 'must see' list of places to visit. Their passionate affair with gardening has spanned many centuries and the bountiful array of gardens are wonderful.
But in the meanwhile, if you want to escape to an English garden for the day, I suggest heading to Litchfield County in Connecticut to see the Hollister House. I went this past weekend and was bedazzled.
The property sits on 25 acres, cradled by a quiet knoll in the rolling hills of Washington, Connecticut. Originally a farm, the rambling 18th-century home anchors the extensive garden rooms that gracefully maze visitors through gravel paths and arches into masterfully designed spaces.
The garden was started in 1979 by the owner of the property, George Schoellkopf. After a trip to Britain where he visited gardens such as Sissinghurst, Hidcote and Great Dixter, he felt compelled to create his own interpretation of an English garden at his home, Hollister House.
If Connecticut is too far to travel, try the Open Days Program at The Garden Conservancy. This program opens private gardens to to the public on certain days of the year for a nominal fee. The gardens span from Maine to Southern California.
The Hollister House is open Saturdays from April 30 to October 1. Before going I would check their website for specific hours since they adjust them during the season.
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