Founded in 1977 and centered on the 300-acre Three Rivers Farm, Promisek is a Catholic educational and environmental organization dedicated to facilitating the emergence of an authentic lay spirituality in dialogue with other faiths.
The historic garden at Promisek was designed by noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand (1872–1957). Farrand designed the garden for Dr. Frederick Peterson, a noted New York neurologist who entertained family, friends and clients on his 300-acre property he named Three Rivers Farm (at the convergence of the Shepaug and Housatonic Rivers). By the time Promisek purchased the property in 1978, the walled garden had been overtaken by decades of overgrowth, but the hardscape remained. Promisek members cleared the brush to reveal flagstone pathways and stone around the garden. A local resident and garden historian researched and rediscovered Farrand’s garden plan. Today, a team of garden volunteers maintains the garden, making every effort to stick to the original plan. The beds along the stone-walled perimeter contain perennials in pink, purple, white and blue, with a few surprises like a maroon dahlia. The inside beds feature roses in pinks and reds edged with a lacy fringe of fragrant annuals.
For admission information and directions, visit https://promisek.org/.