Calling all aspiring green thumbs and nature photographers. Get ready to be inspired at Rivendel, a picturesque, mature, rocky, un-mulched shade garden in Ossining, with a pond, stream, and greenhouse. As part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days, private gardens are open to the public throughout the spring and summer.
Throughout Rivendel’s few acres, design and appearance have been dictated by a difficult and daunting plot, which was tilled and toiled since the second half of the eighteenth century, by manumitted slaves, who went on to became among the earliest African-American land owners in the newly formed United States.
Their unique Heddy Burying Ground is visible in front and is accessible from Spring Valley Road, where parking is available. Terrain is steep in places. A Manhattan schist 150-foot cliff and woodland walk skirts the far side of the pond, also accessible from Spring Valley Road.
Rivendel is on Spring Valley Road (#106 on satellite maps) which runs parallel to and just north of Route 134, mid-way between the Taconic State Parkway and Route 9A. It is 1 mile west of the Teatown Nature Preserve. Admission is $10 and children under 12 are free. Photography is permitted and the garden is handicap-accessible. Additional information is available at gardenconservancy.org.