The long history of the gardens’ creation began with a few struggling blossoms near the lake shore.
Mohonk’s upstate New York gardens were designed to fit into the picturesque or romantic style of landscape gardening: irregular in form, with variety and boldness of composition, and scenery of a more rugged nature.
Our gardens reflect the influence of the French and Italian, but mostly English styles of landscaping of the mid-19th century. Although growing things are never static, the landscape still possesses many of the characteristics familiar in that period. Albert Smiley’s design intent has been maintained as the gardens have matured and evolved.
In 1998, a Victorian maze was added next to the Rose Garden, providing old-fashioned entertainment for the gardens' visitors.
Mohonk Mountain House has received national recognition for the plantings and stewardship of the grounds, and in 1997, Mohonk's gardens were honored to receive the Grand Award for Grounds Maintenance from the Professional Grounds Management Association.
For additional information, please call the Mohonk Greenhouse at 845.256.2152.