The Gardens


Reclaimed after 50+ years, the "Sullivan Cliff Gardens" will be a featured garden on the 2013 Park Hill House Tour.  High above Rockland Avenue nestled on a large rock outcropping typical of the Park Hill neighborhood, the site, once overgrown with vines and fallen trees, now features a stone patio, waterfall and pond, restored masonry walls, perennial shrubs and flowers, and paths from the main house to a variety of sitting areas. Much consideration was given to the use of native plants and edibles as pollinators for bees and butterflies. The garden, in its second year, is an ongoing vision planted for the enjoyment of the family as well as the passerby .Follow the Sullivan Cliff Gardens at



All aspects of the garden restorations to this 1912 Georgian Colonial were designed to fully capture the panoramic view of the Hudson River and Palisades. The project initially focused on the transformation of the large and hazardous backyard hill into a series of winding and connected outdoor “rooms”.  Two koi ponds connected by a waterfall, bluestone patios, extensive masonry work, flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials were installed. Aging brick walkways and stairs were replaced with bluestone, now connecting all functional areas and terraces, which include a large backyard for outdoor play. Exterior lighting and wrought-iron fencing highlight the property.  Future plans include the replacement of retaining walls at street level.  Truly a hidden gem in Park Hill!