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JAN-FEB 2019

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HOLDING THE HIGH NOTE WHEN THE GARDEN spends the entire season in the spotlight, every element must be picture- perfect for the duration. Although Mohonk's annual themed garden is not its only flowering venue, it is certainly the most visited. And the brave new concept of intermingled annuals planted out in a meadow style was particularly daring to compose and maintain. Garden manager Andrew Sinno's challenge lies in orchestrating a scene that holds its high note over the long haul. Of course, any garden takes time to reach its zenith, especially in frigid, mountainous Upstate New York. That's why plants are nurtured in Mohonk's green- houses to be whisked out as soon as danger of frost has passed in April—the sweet spot seems to be incorporating a combination of 40% seed-started plants, 40% cells and plugs, and 20% cuttings from overwintered mother plants. Snapdragons, foxgloves, dianthus, geraniums, and herbs lead the pageant before slower bloomers kick in. If all goes well, color begins peppering into Mohonk's bedding garden nicely by the end of May, with full splendor achieved not long after. Cosmos, cleome, and Ammi majus (false Queen Anne's lace) tend to bow out —although Ammi 'Dara' delighted everyone with its staying power. Meanwhile, self-seeded Verbena bonariensis took up the slack while serving as a leitmotif throughout the scene. Fennel and parsley will also continue going strong. Meanwhile, Sinno keeps extra dahlias and cannas waiting in the wings to fill in any gaps. And so it goes until the next frost nips the garden, sending the crew scurrying to put everything to bed once again. manager Andrew Sinno created meadows of mixed dahlias, amaranths, cosmos, zinnias, fennel, ammi, and other annuals, all carefully interwoven to form a multidimensional broadloom as you wade among them. Carefully combined annuals and tender perennials that blossom in sync and complement one another colorwise make for a breathtaking sight. By adding volume and employing blowsy annuals such as fennel, tithonia, fuchsia, and Salvia uliginosa, Sinno's gardens are strikingly naturalistic. Mohonk is a gardener's dream. Even in winter, massive tropical plants and voluptuous arrangements crafted by the staff florists accent the halls. The toasty greenhouses are forever filled, stocked with a trove of rare plants available for purchase. As an annual crescendo, staff and guest lecturers divulge their secrets in a late-summer Garden Holiday event. That program is just another instance when the mountains' majesty combines with horticulture to create a transformational interlude. For more information, see Sources, see page 84 ABOVE: Rustic trellises are omnipresent. This one supports hyacinth beans amid bronze fennel, millet, and Verbena bonariensis. SIDEBAR, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Dahlias accent the late-season garden. • Garden manager Andrew Sinno • Cardoon opens with immense electric-blue bristles. • Parsley contributes late-season flowers. OPPOSITE: Built of local quartz and Rosendale cement (the same type used for the Brooklyn Bridge and other landmarks), the stone summerhouse is more than 100 years old.

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