Brian and Deborah Oligny, owners of Oligny's Country Gardens, purchased their 1858 farmhouse in 1992. At that time the only plant materials on the property were three mature Sugar Maple trees and one evergreen tree that was planted too close to the house and had to be removed.
Their gardening venture began to the left of the driveway. In 1992 this area was an overgrown field of brush. The cobblestone wall and display garden were built in 1995. Next the pond was dug and the waterfall was constructed. The field of high brush was tilled under and leveled. Then it was hydroseeded. Once the turf was established, in 1996, the planting rows were dug and the first perennials were planted. Most of the perennials (and annuals) planted here can not only be implemented within a landscape but can also be utilized in fresh floral bouquets and for dried florals.
The arbors were built in 1997 from Cedar trees cut down on family property. The grape vine overhanging one of the arbors has been in the Oligny family for over 100 years. It was transplanted to this arbor in 1999. They have used a variety of trees and shrubs to shield the view of the road when sitting by the pond.
The patio area is a year 2000 addition intended to extend the homes
outdoor living space. It was constructed of a random patterned tumbled
and terra-cotta pavers.
The greenhouse was completed Spring 2001.
In the Fall of 2001 a wall was constructed extending from the patio area and wrapping around the front of the residence. It is constructed of Pennsylvania field stone.
In the Summer of 2002 Brian extended the beauty of the patio area to incorporate an 11 by 16 foot water garden with a waterfall. During the Spring of 2003 a lath house was built next to the green house to increase the display area.
Fall of 2006 work was done in the front yard. The beautiful old Maple had to be taken down. A large stump was left with the hopes of having a wood carving done if the drying process goes well. A cobblestone wall was built using cobbles from an old farm in Greenfield Center.
Gardening is a lifelong commitment for Debbie and Brian. Each year they work toward attaining their dream of creating a place for people to come and enjoy the beauty of gardening, and a place for people to get ideas for their own gardens by viewing the plants in a natural setting.
Brian's professional background includes a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University combined with over 30 years of field experience. Brian is a member of the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association, and is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.
Through the years Oligny's has established an excellent reputation for dependable, professional services.