House of the Week: Rock Rim Ponds Estates, Win a $2,500 Garden Makeover, Create Your Own Floral Centerpiece

House of the Week: Rock Rim Ponds Estates

$2.6 million

Annual property taxes: $44,959

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5 Miller Rd, Pound Ridge

Amenities abound in this elegant and sophisticated 11-room Colonial in Rock Rim Ponds Estates, Pound Ridge’s prestigious community of single-family homes surrounded by woodlands, streams, and ponds. With a gourmet chef’s eat-in-kitchen, game room, craft room, screening room, sauna, exercise room, large-capacity wine cellar, and oversized entertaining spaces with multiple entrances to the sprawling slate patio and pool, who needs to go out? “Rock Rim Ponds is known for luxury living,” says listing agent Nelson Salazar. “This award-winning enclave of homes doesn’t have the subdivision feel that so many buyers dislike. While this house has many more amenities than you’d expect to find at this price point, the look and feel is warm and inviting, making it truly a home; not just a house.” For more information, contact Coldwell Banker listing agent Nelson Salazar at (914) 234-3292 or visit        


Renovate and Donate

Be an angel—a Renovation Angel, that is—through Green Demolitions’s new program that offers a “give back” to charities for donated luxury kitchen and estate items. Here’s how it works: You donate qualified luxury items from your renovation project to Green Demolitions (the Greenwich, Connecticut-based nationwide recycler of luxury kitchens and estates). Green Demolitions professionally removes and transports your qualified donation items at no cost. Your charity of choice receives a “give back”—a portion of the resale value of your qualified donated items. No one is more excited about the long-term possibilities of the new program than Green Demolitions President and founder Steve Feldman, and Renovation Angel co-founder (along with his wife, Lisa). “We think this is a way to get people even more excited about recycling, since it also benefits the donor’s favorite charity,” he says. “It’s also a great way for charities to raise funds and champion their cause at no cost to them. We hope Green Demolitions comes to mind for every luxury renovation, so that usable materials aren’t ending up in the landfill or being wasted.” Contact Green Demolitions to see if your renovation project qualifies. Qualifying Renovation Angel items can include kitchens, appliances, countertops, bathroom fixtures, architectural elements, lighting, artwork, furniture, home décor, and more. For more information or to submit a project, call (203) 561-3216 or visit

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Win a Garden Makeover

Are you feeling lucky? Is your garden begging for a makeover? If your answer is “yes,” this may be your lucky chance to have the garden of your dreams without breaking the bank or your back. To kick off the spring gardening season, Hilltop Farms is looking for one lucky Westchester resident to shower with a complete garden-bed makeover valued at $2,500. Entering is the easy part—just send a photo of your garden in need along with a statement of 200 words or less explaining why your garden is worthy of a makeover. Send your submission to or drop off at Hilltop Farms at 2028 Albany Post Rd in Croton-on-Hudson. Make sure your entry is received by May 1. The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 13, during Hilltop Farms’ annual Mother’s Day Tea on the Porch event. For more information, call (914) 358-1531. Good luck!


Create Your Own Floral Centerpiece

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Photo by Amy Merrick

You, too, can design your own spectacular spring flower centerpiece thanks to the upcoming lecture hosted by New York floral designer and stylist Amy Merrick, known for her passion for flowers and freshly gathered, organic style. Amy’s floral lecture scheduled for Thursday, April 5, from 10 am to noon at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich (130 Bible St) will focus on flower texture and movement inspired by the way flowers grow in the garden. Guided by Merrick in a 1 pm workshop that follows a noon lunch, participants will arrange their own spring centerpieces using flowering branches, ranunculus, tulips, hellebores and a variety of other bulb flowers available in early spring. In addition to their own creations, participants also will leave with the gift of Japanese floral shears. Visit Amy’s website at to see more of her amazing arrangements. For more information and to purchase lecture and lunch tickets at $75 for members and $85 for non-members, or lecture/lunch/workshop tickets at $150 for members and $175 for non-members, call (203) 869-9242 or visit  


Who Knew?

Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Did you know…the Perennial Plant Association chose ”Jack Frost” (technically known as Brunnera macrophylla) as the 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year. Perennial plants are selected each year to help consumers select plants that are considered by industry experts to be outstanding and easily grown. Each year, the association selects a perennial that thrives in a wide range of climates, is low-maintenance, and performs well through multiple seasons. How did Jack Frost meet the Perennial Plant of the Year criteria? It’s multi-seasonal, sporting blue flowers in the spring and frosty silver leaves with green veins throughout the growing season; it’s hardy; loves the shade, yet can handle direct morning sun; is relatively pest/disease free; and plays well with others (in other words, it works great with other ground-cover perennials). Best of all for Westchester gardeners—it’s deer resistant! For more information, visit

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