The Garden Landscape Guide

Kykuit Garden

The Kykuit garden was begun by the oil billionnaire John D. Rockefeller and served as a Rockefeller family summer retreat from 1913 to 1991. Kykuit (pronounced 'cake-8') means 'lookout' in Dutch and it has fine views over the magnificent scenery of the Hudson Valley. Rockefeller commissioned Olmsted Brothers for the design but was not happy with their work and began laying out walks and doing his own planting. He then asked the landscape architect William Welles Bosworth designed formal gardens near the house. Today, the garden is a fine American example of the Mixed Style. There are terraces, a semicircular rose garden, fountains, the Temple of Aphrodite and a notable collection of modern sculpture (including works by Henry Moore and Pable Picasso). There is a Morning Garden, a Grand Staircase, a Japanese Garden, an Italian Garden, a Temple of Aphrodite, an Italian loggia, and a semicircular rose garden.

Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate, Pocantico Hills, Tarrytown, New York, USA, NY 10591

Mid May to early November. Wednesday to Monday.

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  • almost 4 years by billy myers 3 / 5

    You go here for the house. We did get to see the second floor. Again, the gardens are manned by volunteers and in dire need of basic maintenance. Most of the roses were gone or dead from black spot. There were a few beds freshly planted with a some annuals. Maybe one day it will get there. It does have potential, but I doubt it will ever be great.
  • almost 8 years by Fantastic 5 / 5

    Marvelous House. Wonderful. Granted we only got to see the first floor since second floor was non-admitance due to the family staying there.
    Wonderful architecture and gardens!
  • over 8 years by Janice 5 / 5

    A must visit. Spectacular house, grounds, and sculpture. Try to see the Union Church of Pocantico Hills nearby, which has the beautiful Chagall windows.

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East Fa├žade, Kykuit The Rockefeller Estate East Façade. Photograph © Historic Hudson Valley
Kykuittherockefellerestate Swimming Pool Terrace. Photograph © Historic Hudson Valley