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Country Estate with Busy Owners
and a lack of consistent grounds care over the years.  The
Garden Goddess was consulted and hired to rescue and
upgrade. First order of  business was amending the soil, and
then reconfiguring and outlining all the Garden Areas.  Invasive
species were moved, trees and shrubs pruned and fed, and
diseased and dying shrubs removed. The remainder of the
plants were moved to locations better suited to each individual
species, and many of the Gardens were redesigned and
replanted. The rear terrace perennial garden was thinned of
some species and planted with flowers showcasing a changing
palette of interesting colors throughout the growing season.  
The hypertufa containers on the slate covered brick enclosure
were planted with varied succulents and bonsai species..
   A Feast for the Eyes!!!!!
For the 2007 season, the Entry to this Estate has been planted
with 2000 bulbs of narcissus, daffadills of various hues of
cremes and soft yellows, blue and white muscari and specimen
hybrid tulips in pinks and salmon. In June and July many lilys
including fragrant Stargazer and Casa Blanca will grace the
entry areas.
The choice of species and colours was dedicated to Claude
Monet's style of Impressionism, and his devotion to the ideals
of the interplay of light and soft color..
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Concept without
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This seeming contradiction in terms
afforded The Garden Goddess the luxury
of using old fashioned standards in
perennials and weaving them with mature
modern day shrubbery and trees.   
Heritage Birch, Red Sunset Maples, a
wonderful specimen of Dr. Merill Magnolia,
pink diamond hydrangeas, wine and rose
prunus, wigleia and clipped boxwood
hedgerows. These were woven in a
tapestry of plums, pinks, and burgundies
for the spring and summer with reds,
shocking pink, and bright golds for the fall
months. Old fashioned scabiosa, yucca
filamentosa, digitalis, rudbeckia,
pennisetums, and rose sedums were some
of the specimen perennial plantings.  
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This "After" photograph below was taken when the design
installation was completed.

For the future we plan on installingl Phase II of the Design. This
will include foundation plantings on the hillside, a bedding area for
plant propagation, a vine covered pergola for shade and
interesting plantings around the new deck areas.  Not seen in
these photographs in the Perennial Garden with its Emerald
Arborvitae screening, and a Norway Spruce glade installation.
Designing Places Where You
Want To Be!
A striking specimen Yoshino Cherry Tree  
graces the front entry with a profuse scent
and lovely pink flowers in the Spring. The 6'
specimen pink diamond hydrangea
pictured   and  dwarf lilacs, pink elders,
River Birch clumps, a variety of spruces,
dogwoods, carlessi and 174 perennials will
accentuate this site with color from April
through to October each year. Grasses
were used throughout to add their sculptural
gifts during the stark New England winters.  
An overall plan is always needed
for a successful Landscaping
. The photograph above
represents "Before" the completion of Phase
An overall plan is always needed for a
successful Landscaping Installation.
Garden Goddess designed gardens, terraces,
walkways and a pond site for this property. A
natural glacial depression, property abutting a
wildlife preserve, long distance forested views,
an ancient glade, are just a few of the
advantages of this site. The design was
incorporated into Phases for a 5 year
installation process.. The photographs on this
page highlight Phase 1.
The wall was designed to enhance visually the length of the
which had been shortened to the eye because of the facade. Eventually an
arch will grace the opening between the two lengths of wall. This will lead to terraced
herb and perennial gardens. Because of the degree of pitch on this sloping lot, a curtian
drain was installed in front of the wall.  Because the soil was of clay consistency,
drainage was poor. To further enhance the drainage system, and properly protect the
wall, a base of 2'5" of gravel was used which was additionally protected from silt runoff
by the use of landscape fiber.
Front walkway in process