Garden # 2
The garden design and development reflect the love the owners have for Scottish and English gardens. The patio in front of the house is kept private by a curved dwarf fairy queen spirea hedge. The property contains a unique mixture of formal and informal plantings along with multiple specimen trees, dwarf conifer trees and shrubs. Delight in the views from the well placed sitting areas including “Anthony’s Folly”, a formal wall with a seat put in place to break up the garden and to create an interesting resting area. The main herbaceous border is planted to show color from early spring to late fall. As you look up and down the valley, note the use of stones and sitting areas.
Garden # 1
High Fields Lane
The Colonial Revivalist style of the house based on Robert Todd Lincoln’s Hildene is the center of the landscape design, fitting into the surrounding land with a focus on the ever changing view of the Green Mountains. Gordon Hayward, nationally recognized garden designer, worked closely with the owners to create gardens that reflect the style of the house. Each garden has its own composition and is strategically placed to fit into the overall design plan.
Garden # 3
The River Road property overlooks the Ekwanok golf course with Bromley Mountain in the horizon. With the help of many local garden sources, restoration and redesigning the gardens began in the summer of 2012. The rear garden is framed by the house, patio garden and art studio. Highlights include a peony garden that is bookended by a topiary hedge and a well-established grape arbor. A crescent shaped garden provides year round interest with contrasting shapes, colors and textures using larger scale perennials that appear architectural. The serpentine meadow separating the right lawn from the golf green was inspired by a trip to the gardens and manor houses of Ireland.
Garden # 4
Chez Benoit (Ben-Wa)
When the current residents bought this brick cottage 15 years ago, it was on an overgrown steeply sloping site. They spent years designing and planting the perennial gardens you see now and it continues to evolve. The hardscape is composed of stonewalls, fences, arbor, outbuildings, paths and boardwalks and almost all are made from recycled materials. A few of the owners' stone sculptures and his large brick folly dot the landscape and the Shoe Studio is not to be missed. Other attractions include their dining barn made from recycled materials, native plant gardens, a minimalist garden edged in marble and a prairie-style shed originally designed to be an architectural studio.
Garden # 5
In 1995, the former owners contacted Gordon Hayward, landscape architect, to design a landscape plan that includes 9 magnificent crabapple trees to bloom at staggered times in springtime. In 2015, Mr. Hayward created the foundation plantings across the front of the house and created the standing stone allee in collaboration with the new residents. The current owners added foundation plantings on the west side of the house, the vegetable garden and several new fruit trees. Enjoy the English garden behind the main house and the Deer Camp that was built for visiting grandchildren. Look for the Ethan Allen Spring that was rescued from the undergrowth. The Green Mountain Boys stopped there to water their horses on their way to Fort Ticonderoga.
The "Wait and See" approach brought rewards when the owners acquired this property in the winter of 2009 and were advised to follow the season before digging in. Their anticipation was rewarded as the snow melted and the daffodils emerged, followed by flowering trees, shrubs and iris, and then lilacs and peonies. The garden had great bones, but the house had been uninhabited for several years and so, too, the gardens went unattended. The bloom time extends into late summer and fall with a variety of plantings. The process became somewhat organic and free form as they did not follow a formal plan but adopted a more relaxed style in keeping with the cottage feel of the house. Please enjoy this lovely spot.
Garden # 6
The former owner of this property was a talented and passionate gardener who in the 1980’s began what has become a show stopper in what was a former gravel pit! The current residents added to the original garden by making the layout more symmetrical and doubled it in size. The side beds have a colorful mix of cottage garden flowers. The show starts blooming in May with irises and poppies adding a punch of vibrant color to the newly emerging plantings. Delphiniums, hollyhocks, globe thistle, marguerite daisies, bee balm, astilbe and asters are examples of the wide assortment of flowers that bloom later in the season. Behind the house is a flower garden which runs above an old moss covered stone wall. Raised vegetable beds and blueberry bushes as well as early raspberry bushes add to the mix. The goal is to have constant color and new blooms throughout the growing season. Also on the property, is a pond stocked with brown and rainbow trout. If you are very lucky, you may see a frequent visitor, a Blue Heron.
Passing by the house, you do not expect to find a hidden garden tucked in back. It is cheerful, but private and serene, completely surrounded by trees. When the owners moved from a house with a large garden in Manchester to a house with a smaller garden in Dorset, they asked landscape designer, Gordon Hayward, to create a more welcoming entrance to the home. This was achieved with hostas and astilbes, slightly formalized by a low boxwood hedge. A second project, a back porch was added surrounded by a low stone fence and lots of flowers and is echoed in the left-hand corner of the garden. The centerpiece of the circular garden on the left side of the property is a wonderful garden ornament. We hope you enjoy this very special place.