Blossoms, Tea and a Labyrinth
The Song Garden of Cornish
Last week I visited a hidden gem in the Upper Valley, the Song Garden in Cornish, NH. A friend had sent the link to our book group and a few of us decided to head there on a late Sunday afternoon. Although the temperature was topping in the high eighties, we were quickly enamored of this lovely public garden that relies on word-of-mouth rather than publishing their location in local travel guides or through television spots.
Located just beyond Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, this land and its buildings are tied to the rich history of the Cornish Arts Colony. Peggy, the co-owner of the garden shared several stories about her grandparents on both sides, who interacted with many of the artists and musicians who flocked to Cornish throughout Saint-Gauden's and Maxfield Parrish's lifetimes.
We started our visit in the little store, that has examples of different sized bouquets that you can use to gauge as you gather your own flowers. In addition to harvesting your own flowers, there is also jewelry, potted plants and lovely soap to help pay for the gardens. Armed with a pair of scissors I walked through the garden and harvested a lovely bouquet. Purchases are all self-serve, you can pay cash, write a check or even use your PayPal account.
We headed up the hill towards the teahouse, but decided first to visit and walk the labyrinth. It and the teahouse sit on a hill looking out towards Mount Ascutney. After strolling the rock set maze, we were ready for some refreshing tea. In addition to several beverage choices there are also cookies and Italian ices available for purchase.
This garden is well worth visiting, and you can certainly combine it with a visit to Saint-Gaudens. In our case, we opted to visit Mac's Maple stand on the way back home. I am quite fond of ice cream stands, and this one brings it to a whole new level, with it's soft serve creemie rolled in maple sugar candy. I am eager to repeat this road trip with other friends and family in the future.