September 4 @ 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
For the third and final time this summer, internationally recognized textile designer Michael Devine will open to visitors his jewel box of a garden behind the commercial building in Kinderhook that houses his shop. The goal of these open garden days is to raise funds for a bike rack in the village square. Rain or shine, Devine will welcome visitors with refreshments and music—Jim Davis performing on his handcrafted Celtic harp.
Devine's relaxed interpretation of a jardin á la française
, complete with dining folly, is based on the theories of André Le Nôtre, the designer of the gardens at Versailles, but they are filtered through an American sensibility that sifts out all the stiffness and artifice. Devine will be on hand to explain how these classical devices—ornaments acting as focal points; plants organized in strict geometrics—aid in achieving balance and harmony between buildings, hardscape, and plants.
For those wishing to make a day of it, Saturday morning is Farmer's Market Day in Kinderhook village, and there isn't a more charming one anywhere. Shopping could be followed by a self-guided walking tour of the town's magnificent historic houses, among the grandest in our region, and a visit to an exhibit, Inked Over: Our Printed World
at the Columbia County Historical Society Museum and Library
Private Garden of Designer Michael Devine
10 Broad Street