We invite you to come and explore our back yard and gardens here at 10 Fitch, which is beautiful in every season from spring when everything is fresh, green, and new with red buds adding a burst of color in vibrant shades of pink and rose, into summer as the perennial beds come alive with a rainbow of colors and textures, and our Koi; Buttercup, Lemon Drop, Sunset, Princess, Nemo, Oreo, Buddy, Angel, Hershey, Lucky, Coffee, Groucho, & Lipstick swim happily beneath the shade of the water lilies in the small pond near the house, and then in Autumn frost sparkles on everything in the early morning sunlight as it filters through the bright gold, yellow, and crimson trees overlooking the back of the property and finally, their naked branches in winter cast long, dark shadows across the pure, white, blanket of glittering snow.

The Secret Garden at the back of the property was originally landscaped by a Cornell University student in the 1920s with a series of stone step pathways leading into a depression. In 2010 a large Koi pond, waterfall and stone patio was built to follow the natural slopes of the landscape and new stonework replaced the old steps and pathways. In October of 2011 a large screened in gazebo was built on-site, partially on stilts that overhang the bank leading down to the pond. Electric landscape lighting, a bench and many new scrubs and plants have been added since. This lush, tranquil location in the yard is a favorite spot for deer and our two resident ground hogs, Chubby & Chunky. Stretching the length of the house and facing the Secret Garden, our veranda & deck overlook the small Koi pond and are the perfect place for breakfast on warm summer mornings or to just sit and relax any time of day.

In the spring, fall, and on cooler summer nights the fire pit in the center of the veranda is often lit and is a great spot to gather and socialize over a glass of wine or mug of hot cocoa.

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