We recently had the privilege of touring Eastwood Gardens on the grounds surrounding the home of Tony Eastwood, NYS4-HSS Instructor and his wife Judy Eastwood, NYS4-HSS Volunteer.
Eastwood Gardens are the culmination of a 17 year labor of love for Tony and Judy in creating an inspired and extraordinary botanical wonderland. Full of whimsical detail, treasured Brian Ruth chainsaw carving sculptures are perfectly tucked among the vivid garden beds and hidden paths that meander throughout the property. Meticulous design and beautiful horticultural displays laden with tall trees, lush greenery and colorful fragrant flowers are everywhere.
Both Tony and Judy are Certified Master Gardeners who have volunteered with the Horticulture Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Saratoga County for many years. In 2014, Tony received the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding and distinguished service.
Gardening pursuits run deep in the Eastwood family. Tony and Judy’s son, Scott Eastwood and his wife, Teri, are also Certified Master Gardeners who own and operate their own specialized horticultural service business, The Plant Keeper, LLC – a long-time NYS4-HSS supporter/sponsor.
Below are some photo highlights from our visit to Eastwood Gardens.
Butterfly in back garden bed by Brian Ruth
Cardinal by Brian Ruth
Perched Lion overlooks the gardens
Blue Jay by Brian Ruth – presented to Tony Eastwood as the recipient of the 2014 CCE Saratoga County Volunteer of the Year Award
Brian Ruth Bears abound throughout the forested garden areas …
Brian Ruth Storybook House
Many thanks to Tony and Judy Eastwood for sharing their incredible gardens with us!
Judy and Tony Eastwood
The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program and the CCE Certified Master Gardener Program are just two of the many fine and varied program areas that offer Volunteer training or certification opportunities through Cornell Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact your local CCE Office and get involved today!
Editors Note: Brian Ruth has done four exceptional chainsaw carving sculptures for NYS4-HSS that will be up for grabs to the highest bidders at our upcoming 2017 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event in April – please stay tuned to our blog and website for upcoming details!