Are you as crazy about these pebbled concrete pools as I am? This garden is the little jewel in the middle of Hudson, NY, called ‘Hudson Hood’ and the third private garden we visited on our tour this summer.
Hudson is worth visiting for the history alone. What I didn’t know is that although much of its downtown core has been gentrified and adopted by ex-NYC’ers as their ‘retirement project’, there still exists a very real divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’.
Be that as it may, as a tourist you can choose to learn as much or as little about the place while you’re there. I will save what I’ve learned for another post. In the meantime, more about ‘Hudson Hood’.
This urban garden is characterized as a ‘shotgun’ garden — meaning it is long and narrow. Indeed, it is — plus it is shaded by a giant tulip tree, giving it a feeling of repose and calm.
It is primarily a green garden, with care and consideration given to shapes and textures of plants and their leaves.
Much of the garden is viewable as you enter. As you walk through it, you are totally surprised when you come upon a totally hidden – and modernist – pond and screened-in sanctuary…
What is there not to love? Such a bold departure, but a perfect spot to sit, contemplate life and watch dragonflies zip around the waterlilies….
Having a place where you can enjoy your efforts, with a cushioned bench to snooze and have a glass of something refreshing is golden — make sure you include a special spot like this in your garden in order to make it truly magical.