I promised I’d write about the rest of our trip to New York state for the Open House days with the Garden Conservancy (see post on Margaret Roach’s garden). Well, we drove for several hours from Ottawa and arrived at our quaint accommodation called the Union Street Guest House in Hudson, New York.
This was a really nice place to call home for the long weekend that we were away. The building is a heritage clapboard construction typical of the town; the place, indoors and out, had been impeccably restored, freshly painted and decorated with comfortable antiques and gently used furniture (and a very good mattress).
Our room was right on the first floor, with one window facing the street and the others along the side alleyway: it was a one bedroom suite with a sitting room that had an exquisite fireplace and lots of books about the history of the Hudson River Valley.
There was room for both of us to stretch out on comfortable chairs after a full day of driving and garden looking; one of us could even go to sleep while the other stayed up and read on the other side of the french doors.
The room was listed as having a Queen bed, but they very graciously exchanged it for a King so both of us girls could have enough space!
And what did I say about the bathroom? Cute, eh?
There was no kitchen and no real cooking facilities; just some things to make coffee or tea. But this is not a bad thing because there are plenty of places to eat in Hudson. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, after dinner drinks — they’ve got it all covered.
And gorgeous architecture that is continuously being renovated and revived. Hudson is a bit of a mecca for the disillusioned New York City art and antique dealer, and is chock full of personality.
So after our trip to Margaret’s garden (see previous post), we headed to Loomis Creek Nursery, the inspired plant provider that she gets to haunt that is about 15 minutes away. Lucky neighbours!
This place is special: a really interesting and exotic selection of plants (annuals, perennials, tropicals, shrubs AND trees), gorgeous pots and unique gardening accessories.
Do you recognize the low oval pot? That’s the one that Margaret uses as a water feature. I love the tall ones too especially when they’re planted like this with a key architectural plant (a variety of Taro or Elephant Ear plant — Alocasia sp.).
And lots of beautifully clipped myrtle (Myrtus communis) topiaries: my favourite. I first saw them on an old episode of Martha Stewart Living when she visited Allen Haskell at his nursery in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Mr. Haskell was known as a somewhat crusty but extremely talented nurseryman who, of course, was anything but cranky with Martha. He was a lover of myrtle and had a vast collection of topiaries that he tended, some for sale and many others for his own enjoyment. He died in 2004 (his NY Times obituary is here) but the nursery goes on. I would love to visit it next!
Alas, I couldn’t bring plants home across the border but I did leave with an obelisk —
The same one in the pot to the left of the door …
Reluctantly, we left as it started to rain and ventured back to our place in town. The following day we adventured out to Kykuit. That is a story unto itself. Stay tuned…