Galleries that will be viewable on the Garden Tours page
Venture through the shuttered gate that sequesters Michael Trapp’s garden and step into the fractured fairytale that this renowned designer/antique dealer has forged. Slender paths lead through a cobbled labyrinth of idiosyncratic spaces staged with wonderful Corinthian capitals, huge slabs of stone set as dining tables, Roman fountains, and towering topiary spires that have been sculpted personally by Michael over decades.
When a pair of professional landscape designers tackle their own landscape, the result is clever, calm, and seductively understated. The Bennetts spent years searching for just the right property, and found it in Cornwall where they built a reproduction of a Deerfield Colonial and moved a 200-year-old early Dutch anchor beam barn from New York State.
Bounded by traditional New England stone walls, this garden is situated on a rugged hillside and framed by majestic old trees. The gentle undulating countryside around the garden adds to its distinctive charm.
When Debby and Barton Jones bought their classic Greek Revival 1836 house 14 years ago, a freak tornado had destroyed the tall spruce trees covering a small shade garden behind the house. The owners, doing almost all the work themselves, have cleared the overgrown brush to make a gently meandering garden on a sloping incline, with beds that follow the remains of old tree stumps.
Amazingly, the house was originally nothing more than an “A” frame cottage when Lee Link and her husband Fritz adopted it and gave it a whole new life. Lee honored its humble beginnings, but added personality. With sleeping porches and outdoor screeneddining areas, it’s hard to find the “A” frame now. But even more phenomenal is how the land around the cottage has evolved.
When Garrett and Ann Goodbody first met the 200 + year-old house, it was balanced on a newly laid foundation, having been moved from the bottom of the hill. Even though they had to climb a ladder to get inside (and it had no plumbing or electricity), they fell in love with the old Colonial anyway. And they also saw the possibilities in the steeply sloping cow pasture in which it was plunked.
Plum Creek owners Lea Davies and Larry Powers fell in love with the abundance of 18th century stonewalls strewn throughout the property they bought 30 years ago. Right away they built and positioned a lovely center-hall colonial to sit amongst these stonewalls to look as if it had been there for centuries!
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.
The natural beauty of Hawk Hill Farm is its’ breathtaking views of the Berkshires, Mudge Pond, and Twin Oaks Field. So striking are these views that the highest six acres of the 40-acre property have been preserved forever by the local land trust. Views are just the beginning of what you’ll see at this lovely estate! The terraced gardens include a goldfish feature with water flowing from an antique Chinese watering trough.
Horticulture with a conscience, Jack Hyland and Larry Wente’s garden is where eco-friendly meets aesthetically pleasing. This forty-one acre futuristic landscape is both outward-looking and inwardly conscientious. A formal garden immediately surrounding the ingenious energy-efficient/owner-designed house is generously infused with whimsy and personality as well as an allée of solar panels strutting side-by-side with rows of nepeta and ornamental grasses, producing an excess of electricity fed back into the power company.