Garden Conservancy Open Day in Canaan & Spencertown, Aug 1

The Garden Conservancy invites you to visit two beautiful gardens of Columbia County on view in Canaan and Spencertown on Sunday, August 1.

Rockland Farm – The garden comprises a variety of areas that flow one from another over about ten acres of our property. A 450-foot-long rock ledge runs parallel to the front drive and is topped by a dry garden in silver, gray and blue, with a thyme walk along one edge. Raised areas on the west side of the house feature exotic and tropical plants, many in containers. Behind the house is a sequence of garden rooms: a lavender garden contained within a raised hornbeam hedge; a perennial garden in pastels surrounding our pool; a water garden, fronted by a white garden and with a shade garden and rhododendron walk behind; a hot sundial and rock garden; and a fenced vegetable and cutting garden.

Landscape of Linda B. Horn – The restoration of my landscape has been the goal for fifteen years of living here after a move from Chicago. There are four restored ecosystems: wetlands, waterfall, domestic area of native grasses, and woodland. The last section of restoration was started last fall with eliminating dead trees and then new seeding. This year goldenrod was weed-wacked and new trees planted. The landscape was featured in a five-page article in the September 2017 issue of New York Cottages & Gardens. Native restoration workshops have also been held here through the Columbia Land Conservancy, Spencertown Academy, and Berkshire Botanical Garden.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 1, 2021 / 10am – 4pm

LOCATION: Rockland Farm – Canaan NY
Landscape of Linda B. Horn – Spencertown NY

ADMISSION: $10 per person
Children 12 and under are free

  • Pre-registration is REQUIRED for each garden. Pre-register for each on this website, except where specifically indicated otherwise. Children under 12 are free and do not need to be pre-registered if accompanied by pre-registered adult.
  • Capacity is limited. Sorry, no walk-ins allowed; no paper tickets or cash payments will be accepted on-site.


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Hawthorne Valley Open Hours for Butterfly House, Native Plant Garden and Trail

The Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program is welcoming visitors to its seasonal butterfly house, native plant garden, and short nature trail this Friday and Saturday.

Guided tours of the butterfly house will be offered on the hour, while guided tours of the native plant garden will be offered on the ½ hour. Visitors are also invited for self-guided exploration during opening hours; a kiosk and new signage on pollinators and plants provides information to enrich such exploration.

The butterfly house is stocked before with butterfly guests from the surrounding farm which are then released again back into the wild. Come view the “catch of the week” (weather dependent), search for the flowers in bloom, and enjoy a small, stream-side “phenology trail” where certain plants are monitored.

DATE/TIME: Friday, July 30, 2021 / 1 – 4pm
Saturday, July 31 / 10am – 1pm

No registration required

LOCATION: Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program Creekhouse
1075 Harlemville Road 
Ghent, 12075


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Clay Pot Paint & Sip Fundraiser to Benefit the New Lebanon Library, Jul 30

Join the New Lebanon Library for their first outdoor Paint & Sip on Friday, July 30th. This event requires pre-registration, and tickets are $26 each. The cost includes refreshments and all materials. Participants will get to take home their creation on 6 inch clay pot, along with seeds for planting. All proceeds are to benefit the New Lebanon Library.  

DATE/TIME: Friday, July 30, 2021 / 6pm
Rain date: August 6, 2021

COST: $26


LOCATION: New Lebanon Library
550 State Route 20
New Lebanon, NY 12125


Phone: 518-794-8844

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Columbia County Historical Society Drive Through History: Hidden Hamlets

The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) presents Drive Through History. Get out and explore the historic beauty of Columbia County with new self-guided road trips. Columbia County is made up of 18 towns, four villages and one city, but tucked among them are a number of smaller communities with their own fascinating origin stories and civic identities. From Blue Stores to Buckleyville, from Cheviot to Snyderville, learn more about the “hidden hamlets” of Columbia County with this free, self-guided itinerary.

Download the maps at, and be sure to tag @CCHS_NY and use the hashtag #DriveThroughHistory as you make your way around the County!


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