Hayward Gardens, Putney, VT

Hayward Gardens is located at the home of gardeners Gordon and Mary Hayward in Putney, Vermont. The street address is 508 McKinnon Road, and it is a gray "cape" house with an attached barn. Please follow the directions below as some navigational devices will not register the correct location. Also look for directional signs on the day of the event.

From Points South or North coming on I-91:

  • Take I-91 north or south to Exit 4, the Putney exit.
  • When you get off Interstate 91, turn right onto Route 5 North.
  • Go approximately ½ mile into the center of Putney Village.
  • Turn left by The Putney General Store onto the Westminster Road.
  • Go exactly four miles to the second entrance to McKinnon Road. (McKinnon is a U shaped road and comes out twice onto the Westminster West Road. Pass the first entrance, pass Josh Gold Pottery, and then take the second entrance.)
  • Make a hard right turn onto McKinnon.

From Saxtons River and Points North:

  • If coming from the Manchester, VT direction, follow Route 11 East which become 103 East just past Chester.
  • Go through Bartonsville, 4 miles east of Chester Center and turn right toward Saxtons River on the Pleasant Valley Road.
  • Go into the center of Saxtons River.
  • At the first intersection, you’ll see a church on your right, the post office on your left. Turn right at that intersection, cross the bridge and go about four miles south to the village of Westminster West.
  • Go 3.4 miles beyond the village center on the same Westminster Road. At about 2.6 miles from Westminster West Village, pass Livewater Farm on your right, and Ranny-Crawford House, a brick B&B.
  • After 0.3 miles from the brick colonial, turn left onto McKinnon Road by a group of mailboxes.

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  • An acre and a half comprised of a variety of areas linked by lawn and gravel paths: an enclosed herb garden; an outdoor dining area and shady rock garden; two woodland gardens that bloom in the spring; a pair of 90 foot long perennial borders with a post and beam gazebo at the end of the central lawn path, along with several other areas.
  • Farmhouse built by the Ranney family around 1775 and purchased by Gordon.
  • Garden incorporates elements from the history of the Ranney family, Gordon's upbringing on a Connecticut orchard, and Mary’s Old England past on a farm in the Cotswold Hills near Chipping Campden.
  • Gordon has been designing gardens professionally from his home since 1985 and is a nationally recognized garden writer and lecturer. He wrote for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years and lectured with the magazine on nine multi-city lecture tours across America.