Blithewood Garden Rehabilitation Project
Blithewood Garden Tour
Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus
Blithewood Garden: Vision and View
On Sunday, April 23, the Friends of Blithewood Garden, the Garden Conservancy, and Bard College hosted “Vision & View: Creating a Classical Landscape on the Hudson,” a panel discussion and film premiere focusing on the rehabilitation of the historic Blithewood Garden at Bard College.
Oral History: Elizabeth White
Interviewed by Helene Tieger '85 and Amy Parella '99, Elizabeth White, the great grand-daughter of Andrew C. Zabriskie–who, with his wife Frances, built Blithewood in 1899—recounts four generations of her family’s history. “My memories [of Blithewood] really are of being in the garden—as a place you could run around and play—and being allowed to splash a bit in the fountain.” The beautiful landscape she recalls was maintained by a team of gardeners who were recruited for their skill. As one of few who remember the mansion as a home, Elizabeth helps us clear some of the fog that has accumulated around memories of Blithewood.
Hedge: A Novel by Jane Delury
Hedge (2023), a novel by Jane Delury, is set in the modern-day Montgomery Place gardens. The book explores the story of Maud, a devoted mom to daughters Ella and Louise and a talented garden historian, who accepts a summer job restoring the garden of a lush, 19th-century estate in the Hudson Valley to reignite her career and escape her troubled marriage. The author Jane Delury was interviewed on the following two podcasts:
Jennifer Jewel's interview with Jane Delury for "Cultivating Place"
Zibby Owen's interview with Jane Delury for "Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books"