Considered upstate and backwoods by folks from “the city”, the Hudson Valley region of New York is a diverse topography and population. It includes foothills and farms, IBM and Amtrak, and many people who have always called it home, as well as weekenders who eventually decide to stay.
The change of seasons and mercurial weather? The abundance of green contrasted by a growing sophistication? Maybe it’s just the way the pace slows when you leave New York City or Albany, but you can be back for work or a show within minutes.
Some people gasp at scenery and say how it looks just like a painting. The Hudson Valley inspired an entire school of painters. I believe it is the most beautiful place on earth. I hope you consider where you live the most beautiful place on earth, too. If that’s not the Hudson Valley, I hope you’ll come and pay us a visit. Let me know if you have any questions about the gardens in the area.
I am not a garden designer, except for my own forays outside my door. Like most of you I’d guess, I’ve had some great successes and some utter follies. I enjoy it all and I plan to share my enthusiasm here on this site.
What’s in It for You?
Looking for a Garden to Spend an Afternoon?
- Here’s one gardener’s guide to the best the valley has to offer, in Hudson Valley Gardens.
Need Something a Bit More Special?
- We have several annual events as well as an embarrassingly vast amount of seasonal classes, workshops, and gatherings. A calender is coming soon, but the big events are highlighted in Hudson Valley Happenings.
Questions about Hudson Valley Gardening?
- Hudson Valley Scoop is an insight into work horse plants, trends, pests, and dreams.
- Harvesting the Hudson Valley is a guide to what’s ripe in the valley. In case your vegetable garden isn’t quite there – yet – there are links to Farmer’s Markets, You Pick Farms, and CSAs in Resources.
Who am I, You Ask?
I’ve lived in the Hudson Valley since I was a young child, except for a brief stint as a city girl, and consider myself a born again local. I’m a gardener who writes, photographs, and speaks about gardening. Slightly irreverent. Always enthusiastic.
I started my gardening career as child labor in my parents garden. Maybe you can relate? Loved picking beans, but hated deadheading petunias. I’ve been gardening most of my life, from New York to California and back again.
I’ve been the gardening expert at About.com for a decade and have been writing no-nonsense tips for my own site Practically Gardening. But my real fascination is with this beautiful valley and I have switched my focus here.
I am a Master Gardener emeritus, as well as a former Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator. To date, I’ve written two books, including The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables: The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest-to-Eat Vegetables for Your Garden (Timber Press) and The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Northeast. I hope you’ll take a look at them. (My books) And I hope you’ll stop by often and let me know how your garden is going.