Book by Carolyn Summers

Designing Gardens and Flora of the American East by Carolyn Summers

Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve is located in the southern Catskill Mountains in Sullivan County, NY. The gardens are an ongoing work by author, teacher, and landscape designer, Carolyn Summers. Throughout her career, Carolyn has been acutely aware of the need for clients, DIY homeowners, and designers to be able to see how lovely native plants are when used in garden settings.

The Catskills - mostly in a Zone 5 climate - makes an excellent test for fitness and hardiness. Large areas of the property are preserved to protect native flora in their natural habitats, along with the wildlife that depend on them.

We invite you to come and experience the beauty, diversity and sustainability of our native flora for yourself. Our goal is for you to leave inspired to plant more of the same. Make an appointment today by email or calling 845.292.6424 to view the garden in person!



Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve includes over 300 trees and shrubs native to the northeast, including unusual cultivated varieties, hybrids and over 75 dwarf conifers. Since 2000, a complete collection of trees native to the greater Catskills region is being assembled. Tour the demonstration gardens to see how to integrate plants into your landscape. Check out the Garden Gallery for more photos!


The nature preserve is over 300 acres with natural forest, meadow and aquatic plant communities, including a rare kettle hole bog. Almost a third of the trees native to New York occur here naturally. The preserve showcases indigenous plants in their native environment. Mimicking the same conditions in your landscape will ensure healthier plant communities in your garden. Check out the Garden Gallery for more photos!