In Tarrytown, New York, Lyndhurst, the former estate of Jay Gould (and the setting for two Dark Shadows movies), has a lovely rose garden that is maintained by the Garden Club of Irvington-on-Hudson. A look at some of the 500 roses that grow in this unusually designed garden, now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Last Friday, I took the train from New York City to Tarrytown, where I visited the rose garden at Lyndhurst. Lyndhurst, which is a National Trust Historic Site, is an estate with a Gothic Revival-style mansion and was home to a number of tycoons, including Jay Gould. Overlooking the Hudson River, the estate covers 67 acres and was also the site for two Dark Shadows films, The House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971).
Though tours of the mansion require tickets, the rose garden and the rest of the estate is free to visit. We've put together some photos of some of the roses in bloom, with a little history of the garden. And if you're in the New York area, Lyndhurst is a lovely day trip.
Visiting Lyndhurst: Lyndhurst grounds are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. And for more information, visit lyndhurst.org