The Hollister House Garden located in Washington Connecticut is a classic garden in the English manner with a loosely formal structure informally planted in generous abundance. Begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf, the garden since that time has evolved under George’s direction into a unique synthesis of the formal and the natural, the right angles of paths, walls, and hedges melting seamlessly into the lush surrounding landscape, which forms a magnificent backdrop to the garden’s exuberant plantings. Since 1993 Gerald Incandela has contributed greatly to the garden’s development with his artist’s eye trained on redefining the surrounding landscape.
This year Hollister House Garden announces a series of art workshops for this season and special opening hours for artists and photographers.
A new two-day workshop, ‘For the Love of Roses’, a is scheduled for June 28-29th. A botanical drawing class, “The Stars of Summer: Clematis Rendered in Pan Pastel and Colored Pencil”, on July 11-12th, will be led by nationally recognized artist Jeanne Reiner. Later in the summer, Betsy Rogers-Knox will bring new life to beautiful garden favorites through her class ‘A Day with Daylilies’ held on August 2nd. For registration details visit https://hollisterhousegarden.org/events/categories/workshops/.
Hollister House Garden will welcome artists and photographers in the garden each Wednesday 8am-12pm from June 5th through August 28th. Both amateurs and professionals are invited to be inspired by the beauty of the garden in the morning light. Reservations are requested: a contact form can be found on the Hollister House Garden website under Special Events. A $5 per person donation is suggested.
Hollister House Garden, a non-profit corporation, is one of only 16 exceptional gardens currently designated a Preservation Project by the Garden Conservancy, whose mission is to identify and preserve important private gardens across America for the education and enjoyment of the public. Hollister House in 2010 achieved its prestigious listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the property was also named a Town Landmark Site by the Town of Washington.
Hollister House Garden is open to visitors through October 12th. Wednesday and Friday's hours are 1-4PM and Saturdays 10-4PM. Private group visits are welcome weekdays by appointment only. Directions to the garden’s 300 Nettleton Hollow Road location are also available on the website.