Garden Open House and Paint Out at Blithewood

View of the Hudson and the Catskills from Bard’s Blithewood. (Photo by Peter Mauney)

Bard College hosts a Garden Open House and Paint Out at Blithewood Garden on Sunday, September 29, a part of the 20th annual Hudson River Valley Ramble. Participants are invited to paint, to tour Blithewood Garden and to watch a plein-air painter in action. Coloring books and free refreshments will be provided. Garden tours will be given at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Blithewood’s walled Italianate garden was designed in 1903 by Francis L. V. Hoppin as an extension to the nearby Georgian-style mansion. Hoppin designed the house in 1900 for Captain Andrew C. Zabriskie (1853–1916) and his wife, Frances Hunter Zabriskie, who owned the Blithewood estate from 1899 to 1951, when their son, Christian Zabriskie, donated it to Bard College.


Bard College is one of more than 150 partner organizations participating in the Ramble. The Ramble provides people of all ages an opportunity to experience the cultural landscape of the Hudson River Valley by hiking a trail, visiting an historic site or paddling on the river. Ramble events are led by naturalists, ecologists, historians, geologists and volunteers.

Garden Open House & Paint Out at Blithewood Garden, Sunday, September 29, Noon – 5 p.m., Blithewood Garden, 75 Blithewood Ave., Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson,