Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King Open Garden & Cookbook/Garden Book Sale

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Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King Open Garden & Cookbook/Garden Book Sale

Open garden and workshop at the garden of Peter Bevacqua and Stephen King

By Margaret Roach and friends

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, June 3 · 10am - 4pm EDT


Bevacqua-King Garden 1 Willmon Road Hudson, NY 12513

Refund Policy

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About this event

  • 6 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Claverack Free Library.

This is one of a series of events that are part of The Workshop Experience Weekend, June 3-4, 2023

Ticket options: Visit between 10 AM-12 noon, or between 12-2 PM, or 2-4 PM. Open rain or shine.

Plus, a book sale: Gardening and cooking just seem to go together, and we have gardened and cooked a lot over the years! From our bookshelves (along with those of Margaret Roach’s) we will be offering a varied assortment of cookbooks and gardening books for sale.

About the garden: This magical garden, hidden from street-view in the hamlet of Claverack, NY, at the corner of Route 23B and Willmon Road, has been evolving with devotion and care for the last 30 years. This 2½-acre garden feels much larger because of its division into many garden spaces— spaces designed with a careful eye to structure, form, and texture. One area unfolds upon the next with its own sense of individuality. Among the features are the sunk garden (with topiary and surrounded by architectural yew hedges), a hydrangea walk, the greenhouse herbaceous borders, and many unusual trees and shrubs. What was once a small orchard is becoming a conifer garden. A boxwood cloud hedge, inspired by the work of Jacques Wirtz, replaces an old rose border, and a border consisting primarily of shrubs and small trees meeting the objective of horticultural interest while being low maintenance. Opportunities for lawn removal are actively sought. Grass areas around the house have been replaced with gravel creating excellent planting opportunities.

The garden continues to evolve. The recent addition of the ½-acre “Nearly-native Garden,” with its honey bee colony, adds another unique space to the mix. The focus here is primarily on native plants, but with support from non-natives to develop a special and unique plant community and to extend the range of habitat and food.

Important: Tickets are timed in 2-hour increments to help with traffic flow; you are welcome to arrive at any time in that 2-hour window. Address, directions and parking information will be provided with your ticket order confirmation.

Visit the Nearby Margaret Roach Garden, Too (Plus Broken Arrow Nursery Plant Sale)!

The garden of Margaret Roach in Copake Falls, NY, will be open the same hours, featuring a plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery (advance orders also welcome for delivery there that day). Why not order a ticket for that garden, too? It's here. (And there are other garden-geared events at the link below on the Workshop Experience website to make a day of it.)

This is one of many events that are part of The Workshop Experience Weekend, June 3-4, 2022, in and around Hillsdale, NY. Join us to learn from experts in crafting, writing, cooking, nature, gardening, floristry and more. Browse the entire program, or visit

About the organizer

Margaret Roach, former editorial director of Martha Stewart, has been writing about gardens for nearly 30 years. She is the creator of the acclaimed A Way to Garden website and podcast, and the author of "A Way to Garden," "And I Shall Have Some Peace There," and "The Backyard Parables." Her garden in the Hudson Valley (NY)/Berkshires (MA) region has been open for Garden Conservancy Open Days for 20-plus years.