Who We Are

Who We Are

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Carolyn Summers

Landscape Designer / Author / Speaker

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Kate Brittenham

Carolyn's daughter, Kate Brittenham, has her own sucessful landscape design/build service, Front Stoop Gardens.

Front Stoop Gardens
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Independent Contractors and Artisans

Mission Statement

Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve, Inc., located in Sullivan County, is a New York State not-for-profit corporation founded to establish, develop, and steward native plant demonstration gardens, together with a nature preserve and native plant sanctuary.

Activities include maintaining gardens with trees, shrubs, perennials, and other plants native to the Catskills, New York State and the greater northeast region of the United States; conducting tours of the gardens and natural areas for visitors; and educating and informing visitors about the use of native plants in home landscaping to support nature, the foundational role of native plants in sustaining the ecosystem, and creative ways to use native plants in home gardens and landscaping to increase beauty and sustainability. 

About the Gardens

Over twenty years ago, Carolyn Summers and David Brittenham acquired a very special abandoned farm located in the southern Catskill Mountains in Sullivan County, NY.

Carolyn established a series of demonstration gardens full of northeastern native trees, shrubs and perennials to complement her work as a writer, teacher and landscape designer.

Flying Trillium, named to honor the lovely red and white trilliums that naturally grace sections of the forest, now manages the beautiful gardens that Carolyn put in place so many years ago.  Over time, the lands managed by Flying Trillium have expanded to nearby properties that include preserved natural areas.

We invite you to come and experience the beauty, diversity and ecological value of  our northeastern native flora, and the fauna that depend on them, for yourself. We hope you leave inspired to see how native plants can enhance your landscaping and bring pollinators into your home garden!

Deer fence pergola
This deer fence is built as a pergola, providing extra protection and a nice place to walk.
carolyn summers at work
Photo by Sarah Westrich