A Lush Hudson Garden That Blooms Year-Round

“I wanted some green, needed some green in my life.” Living in a loft in SoHo in the late 90s, Sarah Sterling, a seasoned photographer, was looking for a reasonably priced summer property when she found a small building on the main street in Hudson, NY with an upstairs apartment and a bottom store front that could be rented out.

A few years later, she was living in Hudson full time. “I bought a 200 year old wreck of house with a great yard,” she says. “When I moved in, there were just a few plants left by the previous owners. I brought with me some amaryllises, a big cactus, and a potted palm tree. That was the extent of my gardening knowledge.”

The yard became her focus and passion, and with the help of a professional gardening friend, they transformed the space into a lush, year-round, natural utopia, introducing new plants to transition through the seasons: bulbs and peonies for spring, tropical and native plants for summer, and sunflowers and dahlias for fall.

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  Now with the coming of spring, Sarah will once again open the garden to neighbors and local garden tours. “It’s hard to be patient after a winter such as this one, but I know the garden will come to life once again.”

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Garden in Hudson, NY. andnorth.com
Garden in Hudson, NY. andnorth.com

Here, Sarah cuts back her garden’s sunflowers and dahlias.

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  “With the abundance of nature all around me, there are millions of inspired photographs to take,” says Sarah gazing at her seasonal blooms: dahlias, a witch hazel tree and banana cannas.

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  In addition to planting beautiful flowers through the seasons, Sarah also plants pears, which are fresh for the picking August to December.

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  “I make abstract pictures inspired by the color combinations of the plants I grow and I find an ever changing palette to choose from,” says Sarah contemplating what to plant next. “Here we have a lone pink hibiscus beauty!”

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  A view of climbing hydrangeas on a potting shed. “My pride and joy is my wonderful garden,” she says. “All in all, my slice of paradise!”

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  Sarah’s white house.

3 comments

  1. Absolutely beautiful home! Amazing that she was able to create something so beautiful from something old. Great that she provides tours, too!

  2. What a beautifully written article and fabulous photographs. Such a small town homeyness to the whole piece. Loved it!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Sarah’s garden is the epitome of home grown charm (pun intended!)

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