15th Annual Gager Society Garden Trip

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    • Gager Society garden trip. Photo by Sara Matthews.Gager Society garden trip. Photo by Sara Matthews.
    • Gager Society garden trip. Photo by April Greene.Gager Society garden trip. Photo by April Greene.
    • Gager Society tour 2011. Photo by April Greene.Gager Society tour 2011. Photo by April Greene.
    • Gager Society garden trip. Photo by April Greene.Gager Society garden trip. Photo by April Greene.

    Each year since 1996, members of BBG's Gager Society take a trip to explore gorgeous private gardens in the tri-state area. This past June, the Gager Society and a handful of Garden staff took a tour of two unique gardens in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County. The members of the Gager Society make up the inner circle of friends of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Through their annual support of $1,500 or more, Gager Society members help further the Garden’s acclaimed and wide-reaching programs in education, research, and community greening, while helping to maintain one of the world’s most beautiful horticultural collections.

    Our first stop on this year's excursion was Mill Fleurs, the 10-acre home of Barbara and Robert Tiffany. The Tiffanys bought the property, located beside picturesque Tohickon Creek, in 1993 and promptly renovated the neglected garden. Their collections, including over 1,000 hostas, 325 different rhododendrons, and 135 epimediums, as well as many other specimens, have been carefully planted on the land’s rolling hills and shady valleys to produce a truly artful display. Barbara and Robert graciously led a two-and-a-half-hour-long tour of garden highlights and treated our group to muffins and coffee on the roof of the property’s antique icehouse.

    After a last look at Mill Fleurs, we moved on to Cedaridge Farm, the charming home and gardens of Derek and Carolyn Fell. A 20-acre historic property, Cedaridge features waterfalls and koi pond, a cutting garden, vegetable garden, and an extensive collection of lilies. Derek, a writer and photographer whose work often draws on the garden, led a tour for us and was happy to answer our questions. The Fells hosted our lunch on one of Cedaridge’s spacious lawns, and we enjoyed the afternoon respite in their renovated barn, in the gazebo, and beneath stands of tall leafy trees.

    A brief afternoon rain shower encouraged us back onto the bus, where we swapped impressions and photos of all the beautiful flora we’d just seen. Many thanks again to our wonderful hosts and guests. We can’t wait for next year!

    To learn more about the Gager Society and how you can become a member, visit Gager Society.


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