Open to the public only one day in spring and one day in fall, the Steinhardt Garden is a wondrous private garden that rivals anything you might see in a public botanical garden. “Here are some photos that I took on my visit on a clear, early November morning,” says Jan Johnsen, who was lucky enough to be one of its few visitors. “The colors sparkled around me and I hope you can catch a little of the joyous feeling I felt as I wandered through.” A must-see garden, make sure Steinhardt is on your itinerary.
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The garden is open from 10 am until 3 pm and you can easily spend all those hours meandering through the stepping stone stairways, pine mulched paths, open lawns and country drives. One area blends into the next and it is like a true “magical mystery tour” as you walk through more than 2,000 species of trees, shrubs and perennials. And the best thing for this garden lover? The plants and trees are labeled throughout the gardens!
So why do so many people come to visit? Because this beautiful sweeping landscape rivals anything you might see in a public botanical garden. The Steinhardts have spared no expense to create an enthralling outdoor space in tune with the natural surroundings yet boasting exotics of all kinds. It is awe inspiring. The garden features a large, caged “aviary” with a brook that contains 76 types of waterfowl, an extensive Japanese maple collection, a glorious pondside perennial garden, a conifer hillside, an alpine garden, a fanciful “stick house” folly, fruit orchards, a fabulous vegetable garden, greenhouses, and, not to be missed, a large menagerie of exotic animals.
Left: Pine bark mulch covers a wide path as it winds through the colorful Japanese maple garden.