The day is about Spring (it is arriving), and discovering two very unique gardens. Locust Grove is famous for being the estate of Samuel Morse, but also its garden. Innisfree has been our stop before, and this time we will give it what it deserves for Daffodils day.
Cost includes access to Innisfree garden and picnic. We have included lunch on this outing to support the local economy, and a valuable educationaly not-for-profit, Sprout Creek Farm.
Note that this day will be possible only if we have enough cars (from the City or from Poughkeepsie train station). Once you register (ie pay the $30), answer a few questions at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2X6KPGF to (1) confirm your transportation and (2) select your lunch. You will be fully reimbursed if we can't match you with a driver.
The day will have three stops (plus a bonus one).
- Locust Grove, the estate of Samuel Morse
- Sprout Creek Farm to pick up the lunch and say hi to the animals
- Innisfree Garden for the Daffofil Day
And we are on time, a stop at Hudson Chocolates - a meeting of Mind and Body, a mix of Art and Chocolate. We won't put you a picture or you will ask her to go there directly! ... but have a preview at http://www.hudsonchocolates.com/
- Locust Grove: On the 223rd anniversay of Samuel Morse's birth, we will enjoy a demonstration of the telegrah and ham radio technology. Tours of the Museum are available but we will focus this time on enjoying the garden at our own path. http://www.lgny.org/
- Sprout Creek Farm: Independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children and adults about agriculture and the environment and our special role to understand, protect, and heal planet Earth, our home. Did we tell you that their cheese is amazing too? http://www.sproutcreekfarm.org/
- Innisfree Garden: Named one of the "world's ten best gardens", Innisfree is a site-specific distillation of Modernist ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles. This early spring weekend should (hopefully) showcase the thousand of daffodils planted between about 1930 and 1960, surrounded by billows of crisp white flowers on the native tree, Amelanchier canadensis. http://www.innisfreegarden.org/
- Hudson Chocolates: A picture is worth a thousand words. A clip on the other hand ... http://vimeo.com/62572606
Want to place an order already? http://www.hudsonchocolates.com/
All drivers will receive exact address for each stop in advance.
We cannot confirm what time we will be back in town (it's a 2h trip from Pougkeepsie) but 8pm sounds safe. If you have plans requiring you to be in the city before 8pm, do not join this outing (we cannot accomodate early departure).