Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate adjacent to the main Bard College campus and overlooking the Hudson River, is a designated National Historic Landmark set amid rolling lawns, woodlands, and gardens, against the spectacular backdrop of the Catskill Mountains. Renowned architects, landscape designers, and horticulturists worked to create an elegant and inspiring country estate consisting of a mansion, farm, orchards, farmhouse, and other smaller buildings. The Montgomery Place estate was owned by members of the Livingston family from 1802 until the 1980s. In 1986, Livingston heir John Dennis Delafield transferred the estate to Historic Hudson Valley in whose hands it remained until 2016, when Bard College acquired the property.
Guardians of the Garden
200 Years of Pioneering Women in Horticulture
Montgomery Place’s 2020 spring lecture series, with its focus on women and horticulture, has been postponed indefinitely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This multidisciplinary series—organized and sponsored by Montgomery Place, the Horticulture Department at Bard College, and the nonprofit organization Hudson River Heritage—spotlights inspiring women and their work in the field of horticulture.
Stay tuned to our website for scheduling updates.
Podcast: The Montgomery Place Story
Listen to Professor Myra Young Armstead, Montgomery Place Director Amy Husten, Arboretum Director Amy Parrella '99, and College Archivist Helene Tieger '85 talk about the history of Montgomery Place and how it's become part of the Bard story.Audio Transcript PDF