United States of America, New York, Essex County, Willsboro
Flat Rock Camp (Willsboro, New York)
Originally developed as a camp in the late 19th century, this 183-acre site on the shores of Lake Champlain includes three different gardens: a walled garden, a rock garden, and a picking garden. Lying between the camp and the lake, the rock garden features low-lying flower beds and trees. The walled garden lies west of the camp and is surrounded by a curving, five-foot-high wall, which forms a horseshoe shape on its open-ended eastern side. The picking garden lies along the road which is followed on the approach to the Flat Rock Camp proper. It is planted with both flowers and vegetables; a grape arbor and cold frames are also found there. Throughout the site flat rock outcroppings lend themselves to the growth of mosses, trees, and wild flowers.
Persons associated with the property include: Mr. and Mrs. Augustus G. Paine (former owners, ca. 1888-?); Mr. and Mrs. William S. Hickey (former owners, 1978-1981); and Peter S. Paine (former owner, 1981-1997).
The folder includes a worksheet, a map of the 183-acre camp, and two photocopied, published descriptions of the garden. The garden is noted for its incorporation of natural rock outcroppings in a lakeside setting into its overall design and planting scheme.
Garden has been featured in Marjorie Knight Macrae, ed., The Garden Locater of the Garden Club of America, 1953