We went to the Landis Arboretum overlooking Schoharie Valley near Esperance, New York. There are many acres of trails, plantings of trees and shrubs, and a garden.
There are some good image making opportunities here but the garden is somewhat limited and the trails a bit overgrown. It is a quiet place and we had a nice picnic lunch overlooking the scenery.
The Landis Arboretum is a self-proclaimed “garden of trees and shrubs”. It would have have instructive to have a guide or labels to identify the plantings. However, the extensive plantings are apparently important sources of botanical information.
The Lape house has a gift shop and office but it was closed and there are no regular onsite staff. Fred Lape was the original owner of the property and together with George Landis, a friend and colleague, created and developed the arboretum from about 1955 to 1985.
It is now operated by an not-for-profit Board of Trustees. Go to http://www.landisarboretum.org/ for more information.