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 7th, to make
available to the community an exciting collection of six local gardens.
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 2015 Gardens
|1. Living in the Garden
organic and biodynamic gardens of 13 Harbor Crest Court have been a
project of love for Randy A. Statham, of Scarsella’s Flowers Greenhouses
& Home, and his partner Andrew Pettersen. When they purchased the
property ten years ago, there was one weeping cherry and one Japanese
maple. It has now been transformed into a series of beautiful outdoor
rooms to cater to the views and the changing seasons.
approach the driveway you are greeted by an allee of clump birch, under
planted with Hinoke cypress, white rhododendrons, English laurels, and
variegated Liriope. Step onto the cedar boardwalk and pass thru a 25’ x
14’ arched metal arbor that house a collection of vines, surrounded by
clipped boxwood. Notice the oriental rain chain fountain near the cedar
front entry. A view of the Harbor is unveiled.
approach the stone boulder arbor, pause for a second and enjoy the echo
from your voice. The octagonal chicken coop will be in sight, and you
will be greeted by the “girls”, Thelma & Louise, Wilma, Charlotte,
Penelope, and Wanda. On the right you will find the formal organic
vegetable garden and garden shed. Enjoy the sounds, sights, and scents
of the garden, and the way the plants work together forming a tapestry
of color and textures. The large yellow stucco home, in the distance,
is built on the foundation of the Ferguson Castle. The entry gates at
the bottom of the precipice are part of the original property.
arrive at the pool and dining area you can enjoy the spectacular
panoramic view of the harbor. Notice the NY Bluestone Monolith dining
table and the delightful outdoor shower. As you exit the garden, via
the Bluestone stepping stones, enjoy the shrub and perennial borders.
Mediterranean-style home, built by Julius Lehrenkrauss in 1915 as a
summer retreat from New York City for himself and his family, was nearly
unrecognizable when purchased in 1996 by Bill and Delphine Barron. The
garden was covered in ivy and completely overgrown (an old VW Beetle was
even found buried in the yard), they had to begin their landscaping from
their garden is the result of 19 years of work, including a pool
installation in 2007. For the garden only organic products are used, and
no fertilizer. While Bill and Delphine have planned it so different
flowers bloom at different times of the year, at the time of this tour,
one will see irises, lilies, peonies, and an abundance of climbing
roses. This makes for a beautiful outdoor area enjoyed by themselves,
their three daughters, and two dogs.
In this elegant garden overlooking Huntington Harbor, relax with a
cool drink and a sweet treat. On the lovely veranda visit the Garden
Boutique, ponder the possibilities of new plants, browse the exciting
collection of gift certificates, discover an amusing treasure.
|3. The Sweet Cottage Garden
sweet stucco home, full of old world details, was built in 1936 and
purchased by Susan Miller in 2007. She lovingly brought the house back
to life, after years of neglect. There was no garden, just a lawn in
the back, and Susan wanted more. She reached out to Karen Marks, garden
designer of The Compleat Garden, to create a welcoming space which
brings a smile each time she returns home from her busy day.
entrance is a small collection of special plants surrounding a corylus,
commonly called Harry Lauder's Walking Stick. It provides interest all
year long with it's contorted branches. The climbing roses are growing
to create a living frame around the door.
To create a
decorative entrance to the back yard, an arch was erected and surrounded
by beds on either side. Perennials and annuals surround roses and crepe
myrtle. The large stones placed on the property line by the neighbor
behind offers a backdrop which is softened by the many grasses and
trailing ground covers that drip over the edge. A red bench adds that
pop to the garden, a special touch by Susan herself, which offers a spot
for her to sit and drink in the wonders of her garden, created just for
|4. The Pond Garden
Pond House in Greenlawn is a replica of a historic home in Topsfield,
Massachusetts, the 1863 Parson Capon House, which still stands today.
enter the driveway, you will see a koi pond with many varieties of fish
and water plants. Fishing wire is stretched in a web over the pond to
keep out marauding herons and egrets.
perennial gardens at the rear of the home are arranged in a great
amphitheater. They were started about 14 years ago and are surrounded
by very old mountain laurel and many woodland plants. There are many
places to sit and enjoy nature throughout. Take a moment to read the
“The Kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.”
the Lattice Garden with its roses and climbing vines. As you leave, be
sure see the great bronze eagle sculpture over the garage doors. The
sculpture dates from the early 1900s, weighs 1200 lbs. and once stood at
a government building.
|5. The Pineapple Palace
might ask why this mid century split level home is called the Pineapple
Palace! Well the reason is twofold- first the collection of pineapples
by the owner over the past 30 years, and secondly because the pineapple
as the symbol of welcome and hospitality speaks to the spirit of this
house and its' owners.! So Welcome!
here almost 40 years ago. The landscaping was typical of the period and
the backyard had a small patio (where the wisteria covered trellis is)
and some large old trees which generally just shaded the property! But
the new owner had a plan! And soon things started evolving and continue
to evolve today!
entering through the south gate, follow the stepping stones and explore
the Secret Hideout( a favorite of our grandsons) or go through the
weathered arbor and you will see what we call the lower patio with the
focal point being the Pineapple Fountain! Much entertaining goes on here
not only in spring and summer, but on into the fall! The pots are
planted every year and add wonderful color to the ever green backdrop!
Continue past the gazebo and you will arrive at Tina's garden , a
memorial garden to my mother, with a fish and turtle pond surrounded by
boxwoods, and lovingly planted for continuous blooms through each
season. Finally peak at the upper patio with junipers surrounding the
pool, enhanced with more colorful pots as well as herbs and vegetables.
Before exiting the north gate you will pass the hot tub which we use
year round! As you follow the path you will pass the rhododendron and
azalea garden !
Just a side
note everything you see has been constructed, planted , and lovingly
maintained by us!
for allowing us to share our garden with you! We hope you enjoyed your
|6. The Park Retreat
we moved here in 1990 we saw a potential for a wooded retreat amongst
the large oaks despite the overgrowth, rusting swing sets and half
buried engines and transmission. The creation of the pond system was a
labor of love. Following the contours of the earth, we sculpted the
terrain into a cascade of water features, carving out a series of ponds
and linked them with flowing streams. We used liners to keep the water
on its course, surrounded by rocks, stones and boulders and then added a
pump to the lowest pond creating a circulation system up to the stream
source and back again. Now we have an ecosystem that sustains birds,
frogs and fish that visit and inhabit our garden.
has been shaped and reshaped over time. Our largely perennial garden
frames nature to show its contrasts. Although it has a beginning and an
end, an entry and exit, our garden seems never to be completed. Gardens
invite us to stop and stay a while. The view, sounds and smells surround
us with tranquility. We invite you, not to hurry through, identifying
plants but to see the whole garden and its design and to listen to the
music of the flowing water and its changes depending on where you are.
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by
Scenes from the Tour
|2. The Mediterranean Garden
|3. The Sweet Cottage Garden
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