Beginning in fall of 2007, Master Gardener volunteers began renovating the demonstration gardens located at the Dutchess County Farm & Home Center in Millbrook. Work continued in the spring of 2008, creating a Bird & Butterfly Garden and three Shade Gardens. In the fall of 2008, a beautiful water garden was donated and installed by DiLorenzo’s Pond & Landscape. In 2009, the Xeriscape Garden was created. Plans for 2012 include the creation of a Culinary Herb Garden and a new Vegetable Garden.
Our gardens were created using techniques that all gardeners can learn from and apply to their gardens at home. We deal with many of the same problems (deer, drought, etc) everyone else has. Our goal is to teach the public environmentally friendly ways of solving these problems. Our gardens are designed and cared for by Master Gardener volunteers. Our gardens are mulched to reduce weeds and conserve soil moisture. We thank Duffy Layton Contracting in Stanfordville for the wonderful loads of compost mulch they donate to us each year.
We now have a composting demonstration area. This area features different types of composting systems suitable for home use. When you visit, you will also see our Nursery Bed. This bed is used to grow annuals for our plant sale & gardens as well as to temporarily grow a few extra perennials.
Our gardens are open to the public sunrise to sunset during the growing season. Once planting is finished, all plants are labelled and accompanying handouts are available at our kiosk. Free garden tours are given by appointment. To set up a tour, please contact Cheryl Hearty. Donations are needed and greatly appreciated.