APLD CT Visits Hollister House Gardens

In September, APLD CT members and their guests were treated to a very special personal tour of the Hollister House Gardens, located in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut.  The tour was hosted by George Schoelkopf, the owner and designer of this garden conservancy property.  Hollister House Gardens is visited by thousands of people annually.


Our group had a unique opportunity to query Mr. Schoelkopf himself on his design, choice of plant materials and their care, all while ambling through the 25-acre property on a spectacular fall day. Here’s a quick peek at this wonderful garden…


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Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, George offered us a rare glimpse inside his 18th century private home at Hollister House.  He said he did so because our group asked intelligent questions and we knew enough not to step on the plants or pick the flowers!


It was terrific day trading knowledge with one another and learning many “behind the scenes” secrets from Mr. Schoelkopf, a truly brilliant garden maker.  Many thanks, George!


Note:  This event recap was written by APLD CT’s DeDe Delaney, owner of Red Twig Garden Design, LLC.

APLDCT Sponsored Event : Behind The Scenes Tour of Hollister House

APLD CT is offering members and non-members alike a unique opportunity for a behind-the scenes tour of Hollister House Gardens conducted by one of  the garden’s original creator’s, George Schoellkopf.

Hollister House Gardens

Hollister House Garden is situated on a sloped, beautiful terraced site in the rolling hills of Litchfield County in northwestern Connecticut. Hollister House is an American interpretation of such classic English gardens as Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, and Hidcote, formal in structure yet informal and rather wild in its style of planting.

We will have a private tour with George Schoellkopf one of the originators of the garden and the hand that, over the last 31 years, has been shaping it into the jewel that it is today. Please join us for an afternoon walk, and meet fellow garden enthusiasts.

George has graciously offered to let us have lunch on the grounds after the private tour. Feel free to bring your own lunch or you can purchase a gourmet boxed lunch that will be delivered right to the gardens . (Note:  All boxed lunches must be ordered by September 7th).

Date:               Saturday, September 10th

Time:              Tour begins at 11:45

Location:        Hollister House Garden  in Washington, CT

Cost:               $12 for APLDCT members, $15 for non-members

Optional Box Lunch:  $15 per person (feel free to brown-bag it, if you’d prefer)

Reserve your spot (and order lunch, too) for this one-of-a-kind tour today…

(Note:  You do NOT need a PayPal account, once you click on a button look for the option to pay using a credit card.)

Gourmet Boxed Lunch

Tour - APLDCT members

Tour - Friends & Guests