The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

Sycamore Hill Gardens Tour


On Mother’s Day, private Sycamore Hill Gardens in Marcellus, NY opens its gates for a minimal fee to allow the public to view its magnificent gardens. (Ticket fees benefit the Baltimore Woods Nature Center.) Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and stay the entire day. My family and I spent several hours touring these beautiful grounds and plan to return next year, picnic basket in hand. Please enjoy a photographic tour of the path we took.

Perhaps why this garden is named Sycamore Hill. A plaque adorns the base of this amazing Sycamore tree, officially proclaiming its age originating to the times of the Revolutionary War.

Just around the corner is an asian inspired shady oasis.
Moving along we encounter Koi Watch on Lake George and proceed to cross the lake over large stepping stones towards the Dragon Pagoda.

My niece seems totally unaware of the dragon lurking in the pagoda. Look out!

The Dragon Pagoda is surrounded by Fairy Woods. Sculptures of fairies and other flying creatures seem to guard the trees.

More evidence of fairies in the Children’s Garden. I think they purposely blurred this photo to escape detection.

Everywhere are interesting sculptures, urns, ornaments, plant groupings and beautiful blooms.

Now I know I want to add Sambucus Golden Elderberry to my garden
A serpent of weeping evergreens guarding the Tower
Peony blooming in the Peony Garden
Crabapple Lane

I loved visiting the Vegetable Garden. The rooster and ornamental gate especially caught my eye. My nieces were more curious as to what was inside the shed.

In all of the garden, the busiest and most bustling spot was the Bell Garden. The chime of the bells could be heard wherever we journeyed. Even I tried my hand at ringing a bell or two. Listen for yourself.

If you have the chance to visit this wonderful garden, I recommend you do so. Learn more at


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

2 thoughts on “Sycamore Hill Gardens Tour

  1. So many wonderful images here! I love that gate with the butterflies floating above it. And that golden elderberry is just gorgeous.

  2. Wonderful gardens for a good cause…I loved near Baltimore Woods for many years and visited often but never made it to Sycamore Hill….will have to make a note to visit…what a gorgeous place so close by.

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