The 2012 Garden Tour
We welcomed spring
surrounded by lovely gardens, immersed in
appealing gardening ideas.
We enjoyed a day with
people who love gardening and gardens as much as we do.
The Society arranged, on
Sunday, June 10th, to make
available to the community an exciting collection of six local gardens
(plus a special bonus).
These gardens, each with a different theme, were chosen for their
unique qualities and to provide an interesting cross section of the
plantings and designs available in the area.
The gardeners were all available at each of the sites to discuss their
plants and plans.
Thank you to our Sponsors who have made this
Garden Tour possible.
The tickets were $25 per person.
|Garden # 5: The Formal Garden
Our home was built in
1901. It had a garden that was very different from the garden that is
here today. Leafy vines were trained to climb the columns on the front
porch. In the back yard there was a vegetable garden and grape vines.
The family had a pet goat who grazed on the grass. The driveway was
lined by six swamp maples, three of which still remain.
When we arrived 34 years
ago the backyard was overgrown with forsythia. We pruned the grape
vines and the wisteria and trimmed the hemlocks and azaleas. There was
no pachysandra but what we planted has naturalized abundantly. Inspired
by formal gardens we had seen we decided on a formal design for our back
yard. We planned our garden on graph paper and decided on the
placement of the central square and paths by setting out stakes and
strings. We lined the paths with boxwood and created areas to be
planted with perennials. We replaced the fence that supported the grape
vines with a large pergola based on a design that we had seen in
Charleston, SC and added outdoor furniture.
Over the years this has
been a place of peace and joy for us and our family.
|Garden # 2: The Train Garden
The purchase of our home
10 years ago gave us the opportunity to design new gardens with three
distinctive themes: an English Cottage Garden, an Oriental Retreat
Garden and a Hosta Shade Garden. The unusual surprise is an outdoor
model train which transports you to Durango, Colorado via a 1:24 scale
railroad with tunnels, bridges, buildings and of course, plants.
The cottage garden beds in
front, defined by a fence, curve and sweep, filled with hydrangeas,
roses, hardy geraniums, veronica, lambs ears, bergenia, clematis,
sedums, euphorbia, daylilies, and coneflowers.
Walking down the slope on
the north side of the house you’ll find raised beds, a waterfall and a
pond which creates the setting for the oriental garden featuring Hinoki
Cypress, tricyrtis formosana, tree peonies, Japanese roof Iris, shade
grasses, and rhododendron.
Passing through the
railroad and up the steps is the
Shade garden where giant
hostas protect miniature primroses, ferns, asarum, coral bells and small
pixie hostas. Be sure not to miss the containers on the deck spilling
over with colorful plants all summer.
|Garden #3: The Beach Cottage English Country Garden
We love our little cottage
and garden with its magnificent views of the water, brilliant reflective
light and perfect setting for our own version of an English country
garden. It has taken a labor of love and nine years to transform a yard
of crabgrass and some bedraggled forsythia bushes into a small piece of
With our inspiration of
the English garden, we have filled our yard with roses, hydrangeas,
morning glories, clematis, peonies, butterfly bushes, phlox, daisies,
foxgloves and delphiniums to name but a few. Of course, we saved room
for a kitchen garden which gives a gourmet touch to our home cooked
Waterside gardening can be
an adventure. During the hurricane of 2011, the saltwater rose so high
that it spilled into our yard. Hosing down our plants and lawn with
fresh water saved the day and we did not lose a single plant. We are
proud of our perseverance and continual efforts to keep the garden
delivering beauty on a daily basis.
While you are visiting the
garden we invite you to step inside our cottage.
|Garden #6: The Specimen Garden
family garden has evolved over 100 years from a farmyard to a
horticultural haven. The owner’s great-grandfather, an immigrant
architect and builder from Finland, purchased former farmland
being sold as building lots in 1904. The original home was
joined by a second house for his daughter in 1916, and the
family “compound” has recently been expanded by the purchase of
adjoining property by the present owner’s daughter. The family’s
gardening interests are varied but include the 108 year old
Norway spruce trees and a 100 year old lace-cap hydrangea of
unknown heritage but with brilliant electric-blue color.
An interest in unusual or seldom found
species of dwarf conifers and trees, as well as varieties of
ilex (more than
30), is a theme throughout the 2 ½ acres of
gardens. Shrubs and small trees predominate, but are integrated
with perennials, roses and grasses. The newly added property
offers an opportunity to work with shade plants and woodland
species. Plants have been sourced from local nurseries and
others as far away as California. This is an eclectic and
personal garden that is continually changing.
|Garden #4: The Woodland Garden
A pretty house on a knoll
surrounded by lush green trees and a colorful perennial garden in front
give little notice that around back lies an intricate labyrinth of
woodland garden rooms. More than 30 years in the making by a
horticulturist, this cool, shady place is full of delights: a stepping
stone path leading up the gently sloping site takes you to a waterfall
and pond surrounded by rare specimen plants whose shapes and leaf
coloration create whorls of green movement.
There are beautiful tall
trees and shrubs with old, distorted trunks and branches, leucothoe,
schlippenbachi, styrax, persicaria variegata, hostas and deciduous
azaleas, for starters. These are situated to produce a continuous
sequence of bloom. And there is no shortage of surprises: a blue lace
cap hydrangea popping up out of an undulating mass of green, a huge
spray of pink clematis as you turn a corner, tall spear-like ornaments
echoing the blooms of massive Oakleaf hydrangeas, tropical plants
liberated from a small winter greenhouse, a bocce court. Beautiful low
stone walls enclose a series of sitting and dining areas. There is a
cleverly concealed sandbox for a small grandchild. Containers filled
with startling and imaginative combinations of plants mark the winding
paths. A blue bottle tree emerges around a bend. And there is another
koi pond. You will leave this secret garden reluctantly
|Garden # 1: The All Season Garden
The energetic gardener
behind the development of the Jarvis House garden has spent more than 40
years, as she describes it, “rescuing and propagating plants” and
From childhood, she has
taken advantage of salvaging plant material from closed nurseries,
abandoned gardens and property being bulldozed and developed. The list
of trees, shrubs and plants in her garden is staggering. This gardener
gives credit to her success in moving plants, in part, to the high water
table of her property which she often calls “a swamp”.
With an interest in almost
any type of plant, her garden offers everything from dogwoods, crepe
myrtle, willows, conifers and hollies to callicarpa, bamboo, boxwood,
mahonia and hydrangeas. Woodland plants run the gamut from monk’s
hood, wild ginger and May apple to Solomon’s seal, jack-in-the-pulpit
and hellebores. Perennials are equally diverse, including a large
collection of hostas and daylily’s , both named and “roadside”
varieties. Antique garden furniture and ornaments as well as tools and
pots give character to this wonderful historic property. The owner is
also a Keeper of the adjacent Huntington Town Green.
|The Bonus Garden
A special visit to the lovely Cinema Arts planting and
sculpture garden. The designer/gardener will be there to explain
and comment on the plantings and garden design.