Galleries that will be viewable on the Garden Tours page
The handsome eighteenth century General Ashley House sits on a breathtakingly romantic piece of land, with lawn and meadow sloping down to a wide and quiet bend on the Housatonic River. Great sugar maples, black locusts, and an ancient willow, its low branches propped with forked logs and harboring a child’s swing, offer shade around the house. Ferns and daffodils are naturalized under the maples, and more spring bulbs border a stream that spills into the river.
Pom’s Cabin Farm is a richly-varied twenty-seven acre piece of land along the Housatonic River that is nurtured and celebrated by its owner, Dale McDonald, and her dedicated team headed by horticulturist, Robin Zitter.
Robin’s initial priority in 2007 was to get a sense of place and to develop a relationship with it, “working with the forces of nature to enhance and steward the land.” By listening to the land and through observation, she leads her devoted team toward a richly interconnected and regenerative system that values all who live here.
The garden of renowned interior designer, Bunny Williams, which she shares with her husband, antique dealer John Rosselli, is, not surprisingly, separated into rooms surrounding their handsome eighteenth century manor house, each contained by evergreen hedges, or walls, or a picturesque wooden fence. Boxwood, clipped into great balls marches along the front of the house beneath ancient, furrowed locust trees. A path from the driveway lures you down the side of the barn and the conservatory to a charming parterre garden, enclosed by a board fence.
Over the past fourteen years, Juliet and John Hubbard have created an enchanting cottage garden around the colonial house that has been in the Hubbard family for almost 100 years. Their first endeavor was to renovate John’s father’s vegetable garden within the original design of picket fence, gravel path, and central bird bath. Here they grow some vegetables, raspberries, and old-fashioned peonies for cut flowers. In Juliet’s own words: “Next to this garden we developed a perennial garden, which is framed by our neighbor’s lovely old barns.
Carolyne Roehm’s Weatherstone was built in 1765 and is listed in the Historic Registry. The house is surrounded by formal gardens consisting of boxwood topiaries and sargentina crabapples, silver lindens with a hornbeam allee on the south side and a rose garden surrounded by boxwood borders on the west façade.
Judy and Patrick Murphy opened Old Farm Nursery in 1988 on land that had been a general farm for generations. Living in the old farmhouse (c 1800) and using the farmland and barns for their landscape business, the Murphy’s immediately began developing the outdoor spaces, including paddocks and adjacent cornfields into garden rooms.
On a Sharon road bordered by old farmsteads and rolling pastures where cows still graze, Michael Trapp’s place stands out. His house, dating in part from the eighteenth century, and the great barn alongside it are strikingly painted—their doors, windows, and trim colored a black-green against cream-colored clapboards.
Back by popular demand. Here’s a sterling opportunity to eavesdrop on Bunny Williams and John Rosselli’s affair with their house. The garden around their Falls Village home is always a treat but, in springtime, it’s particularly sublime. Not only will you find tulips and bulbs galore carpeting the formal garden, but John’s vegetable and cutting garden will be gearing up. Hike up to the mock-coliseum poolhouse (featured in House & Garden) by way of the old orchard with heirloom apple trees blossoming.
Twin Maples features a trove of brilliant ideas wrought on a magnificent scale. To quote Twin Maples’ horticulturist, Deborah Munson, “This garden is incredibly beautiful in spring—it features so many shades of green.” Sumptuous and thoughtfully designed, there’s a little of everything at Twin Maples.
Here’s a sterling opportunity to eavesdrop on Bunny Williams and John Rosselli’s affair with their house. The garden around their Falls Village home is always a treat, but in springtime, it’s particularly sublime. Not only will you find tulips and bulbs galore carpeting the formal garden, but John’s vegetable and cutting garden will be gearing up.