Private Garden Tours, Green Homes, and Great Estates

Westchester County Open Days Private Garden Tours

Get inspired during the Garden Conservancy’s next Westchester County garden tours on Sunday, June 26, as part of its Open Days Program. Two spectacular gardens are on tap for self-guided tours. Phillis Warden: This multifaceted garden at 531 Bedford Center Road, Bedford Hills, is spread over seven acres and features perennial borders, three water gardens, a formal vegetable garden, a wildflower garden, a fern garden, a marsh garden, a tree platform overlooking marshlands, a woodland walk, a hidden garden, and a formal croquet court. Westover on Hudson: Pick up tips from the work of garden designer and owner Robert Welsch of Westover Landscape Design, at 149 Neperan Road, Tarrytown, while following the winding stone paths. The colorful collection of plantings includes a wide spectrum of species, size, and texture from rare rhododendron and aralias to a hillside of daylilies mixed with Siberian iris, allium, and eremurus. Built-in resting spots dot the garden paths that also include oversized window boxes and container plantings. Both Open Day tours run from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. For more information and tickets, call 845-265-5384 or visit

Wolf Conservation Center Green Homes and Great Estates

This Sunday, June 26, six “green” homes will be open for a house tour to benefit the new wolf pups at the center. Guests check in at Birdstone Farms, then tour the estates at their leisure, with the option of stopping at the Bedford Post for lunch. The homes range from an historic Ridgefield mansion, to a modern, “prairie-style” family home, to a romantic 1970s contemporary lake house built by actors Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy.

House Tour to benefit the Wolf Conservation Center
Tour (10:00 – 4:00) – $75 (100% tax deductible)
Lunch at the Bedford Post (12:00 – 2:00) – $25
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White Plains resident and writer Karen Odom has a passion for interesting architecture, especially when architecture and history collide. Her extensive experience as a real estate feature writer has led her in an around Westchester's distinctive homes uncovering the fascinating stories behind the houses, their owners, architects, and designers with awe, admiration, and more than just a little amazing curiosity.

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