“Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam…” No, I don’t want buffalo on my farmden, but others beg to differ. And you can visit them (bison, actually), on May 30 at 45 Union Center Road in Ulster Park, at Twin Brook Farm. You can see more than just bison there, because the farm – named after two streams that feed cascading ponds – is a series of perennial gardens set against a natural landscape of fields, forest, rock ledges, ponds, springs and waterfalls. Water, wind and birdsong all make their contributions to the gardens’ atmosphere. Shrubs, trees, sculpture and seating terraces further anchor each garden area into the landscape.
Ande and Peter Rooney’s Twin Brook Farm is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Open Days program of the Garden Conservancy, which benefits from the $10 admission. Other gardens are open through summer and into fall. For more information on dates and gardens, see https://www.opendaysprogram.org.