Tuesday, December 26, 2006

i've written about the hill-stead before

it's worth it. it's lovely and it's close (to the greater hartford area). it holds so many treasures. if you are ever in the area, DO stop by. i believe in the summer, they have poetry readings on the lawn. perhaps a little concert to two as well

Hill-Stead's Grounds Receive Needed Attention

By GREGORY SEAY Courant Staff Writer December 25 2006 FARMINGTON -- Indoors, the Hill-Stead Museum's fine works of art and period furnishings and documents are impressive. Keeping them in good condition is a constant job.The museum works just as hard conserving its outdoor treasures - 10 historic buildings, pastureland and woodlands hugging the undulating 152-acre landscape of what was once the early 20th-century country estate of renowned architect Theodate Pope Riddle and her family. Along with its gardens, a centerpiece of Hill-Stead's scenery is a ¾-acre pond, once a water hazard for a private golf course.But the race to keep the pond free of invasive plants and algae has long posed its own special challenge, one that until a few years ago Hill-Stead admits it was losing.Now, with the help of a $15,000 donation from the Connecticut Valley Garden Club and pro bono advice from natural-resource specialists, the pond landscape is getting an environmental face-lift that will restore a living classroom for plants, wildlife and people.The Hill-Stead's grounds and pond serve as a habitat for wildflowers and a menagerie of animals, among them birds, frogs, turtles, snakes, deer, beaver, and an occasional moose, officials say."It's a wonderful, living natural resource that is gentle and quiet," said Linda Steigleder, Hill-Stead's director and chief executive officer...........

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