Country Garden Tour in Upstate New York

We’ve had several gray days in a row where I live and I’m craving sunshine. And with the news being bleak at the same time, my guess is that all of us could use a little bright spot in our day. So today I’m re-sharing a beautiful country garden in upstate New York. I hope you’ll find a bit of peace and beauty from this home’s gorgeous gardens.

Pale Green Front Door Photo by Rikki Snyder


Charming outbuildings add architectural structure to the country landscape. The property’s garden shed has so many wonderful details like multi-paned windows, a hay window, and shutters and a flower box at another window. Adirondack chairs beckon you to join the chicken and enjoy the view.

Country Garden with quaint shed and Adirondack chairsPhoto by Rikki Snyder


Despite the small size, it might be tempting to turn the garden shed into a tiny house. I always dream of having a shed like this one day.

Country Garden with quaint shed and Adirondack chairs
Photo by Rikki Snyder


Even the foundation is quirky and charming – reminds me of the foundation on my house.

Charming Country Style Garden ShedPhoto by Rikki Snyder

I’m not sure if this is an outhouse or another shed, but regardless, it’s pretty cute. Old metal rakes create quaint wall art.

Garden OutbuildingPhoto by Rikki Snyder


Winding vines make their appearance throughout the country garden.

Vines and greenery in a country gardenPhoto by Rikki Snyder


I’ve always loved how vines create canopies and cozy spots in the landscape. Chickens roaming here and there simply add to the appeal of this charming garden.

Vines and greenery in a country gardenPhoto by Rikki Snyder


Outbuildings with stone foundations show their age. Lanterns light doorways and paths. I could easily spend hours on end out here – how about you?

Second hand finds create a charming country gardenPhoto by Rikki Snyder


Everywhere you turn in this garden your eye is delighted with a new discovery – like this charming little dining space.

Outdoor dining in a country gardenPhoto by Rikki Snyder


It just goes to show – a little ingenuity and creativity can turn any space in your yard to something truly special.

Photo by Rikki Snyder

Today it was warm enough to do a little maintenance on my garden pond. The fish were enjoying the warmer weather and swimming around a little bit. Soon – very soon the waterlilies will start to grow and I can’t wait!


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  1. Who or where do you find this person to draw your garden plan?
    What type of person does this? Please give a range of price for having this done.

    So enjoyed the tour!

    1. Hi Nan! Our backyard is going to include a pond so a guy from Aquascape (where I work) came out and drew up the plan for my backyard. I plan to have our local garden center draw a plan for the front and side yards. They come out to the house. If they’re designing the whole yard, they charge $300. If they’re just designing a front or backyard, it’s $150. They also design smaller areas for $50. You get to keep the drawing and can start adding the ideas in phases to make it more budget-friendly. Or they’ll come out and do it for you all at once. I love the flexibility they offer. Check with a local nursery that offers design-build services.

  2. How excited you must be to get started on your outdoor plans. I know you have been waiting patiently.

    Thanks for sharing this gem. I’m thinking the winding vines are Wisteria. Imagine the beauty of that in bloom?

    Can’t wait for details. Spring finally appearing here too. Viola were planted on our front porch


    1. Hi Cindy! How I would love to have massive wisteria vines to enjoy! Finally our daffodils and scilla are up. Virginia Bluebells are starting to emerge – they’re my favorite spring flower. Violas are a fave, too!

  3. I love this country garden home. No worrying about perfect lawn, perfect paint, perfect decor. I could live there so easily – a truly no-judgement zone with its natural beauty the only thing you need. Sigh ….

  4. Country life is the very heart of nature. The old saying ‘Early to bed early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise ‘ this could not be a truer statement. Why ? You learn to live by nature’s way. All weather conditions and etc. It’s truly the beauty of life.

  5. I would love to play in this yard, i’m not sure anything you had to do would be much of a chore, just fun. Thanks Jennifer.

  6. I love the green floral hanging curtain between the trees. Is that something a person could buy somewhere? I love all the garden.

  7. Good Morning,

    What a delightful post during these stressful times! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Stay healthy everyone!

  8. I remember this country garden tour and love it as much as I did the first time around. I see that I commented back in 2018 and what I said still applies. A natural, imperfect, no-judgement zone. Just what I would love.