A Kid’s-Eye View: Boscobel House and Gardens

By Peter F. Paradise II

Garrison, NY – Boscobel is an awesome historic site. It has a great view of the Hudson River and West Point across the river. It’s a great place to take the family for a picnic on the Great Lawn and to walk and hike the property.

There are so many things to photograph and look at – plants, wildlife and, of course, the view overlooking the Hudson River and the hills around it!

The herb garden is beautiful and smells fragrant. For nature lovers, there are a lot of birds, butterflies and bees. There is a grape arbor along the back of the garden that is really neat to walk through and look up at the bunches of grapes. The Formal Garden has a peaceful fountain and flowers. There are also many apple trees planted on the property.

I went on a one-mile hike with my mom on the Frances S. Reese Woodland Trail. It is an easy hike for kids. There are historical and environmental markers to read, benches to sit on, two cool gazebos to take a rest and more great views of Constitution Marsh and the river. We saw a lot of wild mushrooms, berries and other plants along the way. There are “discovery” plaques on the trail to help identify the different trees and birds in the woods.

My mom really liked the Hudson River School Artists Garden with sculptures by Greg Wyatt and biographies of famous Hudson River School artists.

Boscobel is currently offering a limited number of tickets to the gardens, grounds and Woodland Trail. Members and the general public can make reservations on the Gardens and Grounds Admission page at Boscobel.org.

Peter F. Paradise II is a 10-year-old Putnam County resident, who loves photography, hockey, baseball and outdoor adventures.