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From the top floor of this home in Woodbury, Ct.,  you can see, away in the distance, open vistas of fields and meadows. The Garden Goddess was hired to design and redo an existing garden, install new gardens, and rectify drainage problems with a 3 year timeline for the work. The photograph below and the blueprint insert show the rear of the house. The homeowner had the perennial garden along the back decking installed two months earlier by a local Landscaper. She was displeased with the result.  The installation of a stairway in the center of the elongated deck is suggested and shown in the garden layout proposed by Gwenythe. This will match a brick and slate staircase which is just off the studio. The garden will than extend in a graceful sweep reminiscent of a enclosed courtyard, to the end of a stone retaining wall. A glade of birches chosen for their sculptural growth habits will soften the lines of the house. The gardens will  to be raised to cover the space under the decking which will provide maximum visual appeal from the house interior. Since this homeowner loves lilacs, the rear garden areas are wrapped with a brace of dwarf lilacs, interplanted with delphiums, hollyhock and Iris as well as other hardy perennials. This garden embrace then sweeps around the side of the studio.  The trellis on both sides of the french doors were moved higher and centered with the doors, thus achieving scale.  Climbing roses and clematis planted by each trellis will gracefully accentuate the stairway and provide additional summer scent and color.
     
                       From the first crocus blossoms in early spring to the last flush of roses before first frost, this
                               enclosed courtyard will be a colorful refuge, a bright bloom overlooking the fields beyond.

Accomplishments included identifying the location of existing drains and installing new drains to prevent road runoff from saturating the side embankment and back acreage of this Woodbury residence.
Little regard pertaining to drainage seems to have been taken with this newer construction. Consequently, the water runoff from an elevated roadway is being discharged into this site. As a result of the inadequate planning, a very damp side yard and mushy back acreage adds to this Homeowner's spring woes.  Once the drainage problems were alleviated, this swampy area was transformed into a wooded glen of bright shrubbery and perennials.
The Food for All Project in West Cornwall, Ct. is described in blueprint below.

A sketch of the plantings for a welcoming entry to the forty acre site is on the right. A woodland walk through the raised bed by the side of the house will incorporate native wildflowers, ferns and flowering shrubs. Huge snowball Hydrangeas will offer their lightness to both front and rear entrys.        
Part of the expansive Blueprint Design and Planting Schedules for this Woodbury Property
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