Are there celebrations at Hollister House this spring and summer?
Hollister House Garden on Nettleton Hollow Road drew about 2,000 visitors last year, and more are expected to come in search of the Emperor tulips, rhododendrons, and self-sown forget-me knots as it marks its 10th season with the Garden Conservancy in May.
This winter has been gentler to the property than a year ago, when heavy snow trounced a grand 20-year-old holly and three-foot-high drifts enabled deer to scale the five-foot fence surrounding the perimeter. Spring visitors will find tender plants hardening out in the lathe house. Some will come to partake of the early plant sale, a concert, or lecture this spring, or return to mark the restoration of the 18th-century barn at the barn-raising party this summer.
Twilight in the Garden has become a wonderful summer-solstice party, promising wine and appetizers as well as camaraderie. And acclaimed British landscape designer Arne Maynard will cap what promises to be a very special season as the guest speaker at the garden’s venerable study weekend after Labor Day.
Asking George Schoellkopf to choose a favorite plant is not unlike asking a father to select a favorite child. Yet from fragrant viburnum and flowering epimedium to the rare orange euphorbia and unusual assortment of gems, it’s clear that Schoellkopf has his passions.
Eight-to-ten-foot-high walls and hedges create the framework for this personal collection. One of the nicest of many lovely surprises is the way in which these tiered garden rooms, handcrafted of rock and brick, offer outlooks to the enchanting agrarian landscape just beyond.