The concept of Central Park in NYC was born right here in Beacon.Andrew Jackson Downing wrote his first article about the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley after a hike up Mount Beacon, and his friend Henry Winthrop Sargent designed the Tioronda mansion and brought over 250 trees from around the world to the 20 acres of Wodenethe here in Beacon. Wodenethe was visited by people from all over the world and respected as one of the most important horticultural destinations in the U.S.
The Cucumber Magnolia Flower in the Sargent ~ Downing logo was a favorite tree of Andrew Jackson Downing and Henry Winthrop Sargent Downing planted the one at the Tioronda / Craig House mansion. It is a symbol of their friendship and a clue of history of early beginnings of American natural horticulture and landscaping as it was depicted in Andrew Jackson Downing's "Treatise" Books. The sixth and seventh editions of the Theory of Landscape and Gardening Treatise books also contain the writings of Henry Winthrop Sargent. Sargent donated the money he earned to the widow of Andrew Jackson Downing who died in a boating accident on the Henry Clay. This is why his partner Calvert Vaux teamed up with Olmstead eight years after Downing wrote the article in the Mirror newspaper about " a Central Park" in a modern NYC to pay tribute to the nature of the country we all come from.
3rd Annual Community Planting Day Celebration
Sat. May 25th, 10 am to 4pm
At The University Settlement Camp Park
Come Join Us and See Our New 8ft. Tall Fence!
Children will be planting in the garden!
Live Music by Miss Vickie & Tioronda
Plant Donations Are Welcome! Info- 845-476-1660