The Hillman Gardens, on a 14-acre property in Ellis Hollow, have been in the making since 1964. There were no trees or scrubs except for 100-year-old hardwoods in hedgerows dividing the horse pastures and stream bed. An old board wood fence and four pallets of stone set off the 100-foot flower bed that looks onto the pastures. Old brick is used for walkways, a patio and the floor of the 14’x15’ Lord and Burnham cathedral ceiling heated greenhouse. The vine-covered Pergola offers more views of the lawns, stream and 1 1/2 acre pond and shade garden. A koi pool, stream path and shade garden path offer perennial and natural interest. Included also are vegetable gardens, an orchard and usually 80 dahlias.
From Ithaca: Head east on E. State St./Martin Luther King Blvd/Route 79. Turn left on Mitchell St., follow Mitchell around past East Hill Plaza, where it becomes Ellis Hollow Rd. Turn left on Turkey Hill Road, then right on Ellis Hollow Creek Road. Go past the garden address and turn left onto Hickory Road and immediately left again through a metal gate. Parking is in the field.
Last updated January 27, 2020