What would you give to spend the entire summer in Millay’s (garden) bed? Plant your name on a stake in her garden bed and help it grow.
From 1925 until her death in 1950, Millay lovingly guarded and grew the most astounding plants at her historic home known as Steepletop in the 13 garden “rooms” she created.
Part of our mission as the stewards of Steepletop, is to restore and maintain these gardens using historical references found in Millay’s poetry, journals, letters and photographs. This monumental task requires countless hours of work by our staff and volunteer teams.
Last year with the support of Millay's “bed mates” the gardens at Steepletop were expanded, mulched and filled with more flowers, herbs and vegetables seen since Millay toiled here. The Kitchen Garden is once again vibrant and full and we restored the first tier of the formal Rose Garden. One of the last year’s sponsors, Meryl Cates, even came to work in the gardens with us and wrote a touching blog about her experience in the Paris Review. You can read about how she got “Millayed” HERE.
This season our plans are to restore the second tier of the Rose Garden, plant the Sunken Iris Bed in “The Ruins” and begin the work to restore The Hardy Garden.
You can make a difference.
Sponsor the Kitchen Garden with the purchase of a Twin, Queen or King bed and apersonalized hand-made wooden garden stake with your name (or the name of a loved one), will be placed on display in this historic garden for the entire 2016 Steepletop season
At the close of season, as we put Millay’s garden to bed, we will mail you your keepsake garden stake in appreciation for your support.
The Society's mission is to illuminate the life and writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay and to preserve and interpret the character of Steepletop, her home and gardens, places where nature inspires the creative spirit.