About Us


deer pergola

This deer fence is built as a pergola, providing extra protection and a nice place to walk.

Carolyn Summers with wheelbarrow

Photo taken by Sarah Westrich

Over eighteen years ago, Carolyn Summers and David Brittenham acquired a very special dairy farm located in the southern Catskill Mountains in Sullivan County, NY. Their daughter Kate was fortunate to have the benefit of a large extended family as the property soon became the favorite weekend and holiday family retreat. As the family grew, so did the gardens.

Carolyn the “Mad Tree Lady” 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.

Formerly known simply as “The Cabin”, the property has been given the slightly more dignified title: Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve to honor the lovely red trilliums that naturally grace sections of the forest. The Catskills' Zone 5 climate also makes an excellent test for plant hardiness.

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


  • Carolyn Summers

    LANDSCAPE DESIGNER Carolyn is an experienced native plant landscape designer. Throughout her career, Carolyn…

  • Kate Brittenham

    Kate Summers is Carolyn Summers daughter who spent weekends on the farm and…

  • Independent Contractors and Artisans

    Candlelight Landscaping Catskill Mountain Woodsman Charles Blume, certified arborist Conklin's General Contracting…