Portsmouth Gardens

Today, on the New England garden tour, we are in the Portsmouth area of New Hampshire looking at a huge private garden, a medium sized private garden and an outdoor museum. BEDROCK GARDENS This is a 37 acre garden created by Jill Nooney and her husband, Bob Munger, over the past 40 years. The garden…

New Hampshire Gardens

On our New England garden tour the weather has been great – in the 70’s every day. On our way we saw the beginnings of fall color: Today we see a huge garden, a small garden and a medium sized garden. STAN & CHERI FRY ESTATE The gardens in this estate are on both sides…

Vermont Gardens

Continuing on our New England garden tour: We had a long day today after the GPS sent our bus on the wrong route. But we still saw 3 beautiful gardens in Vermont as well as seeing how they make maple syrup from sugar maple trees. Note: I am one day behind in posting this blog…

Three Sisters Sanctuary and Eastern States Exposition

Some were worried about rain today but it turned out to be cloudy and foggy for part of the day. On the hour trip to NW Massachusetts we encountered beautiful scenery – green fields and forests. THREE SISTERS SANCTUARY The three sisters are the owner’s daughters and when one of them died there was great…

2 Public Gardens and 1 Private Garden

It didn’t rain today and we visited The Breakers in Rhode Island, Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Massachusetts and the private garden of Shirley Williams which is called Brigham Hill Farm also in Massachusetts. THE BREAKERS Cornelius Vanderbilt built this mansion for his family in 1895. His fortune was made from his father’s investments in…

3 Rhode Island Gardens

Today was a day of a lot of walking in beautiful gardens in beautiful weather. SAKONETT This garden was started in 1973 by 2 young men who still live and work there. It is a one acre garden on a 5 acre property. This is a video of the 5 acre property: The garden is…

4 Beautiful Gardens

Today we saw 4 beautiful gardens in Massachusetts. The owners were there for each one to show us around and answer questions. GARDENS AT CLOCK BARN Carlisle, MA The garden is about 3 acres and is maintained by the owner and the three gardeners shown in the photo below. The garden is divided into 11…

New England Garden Tour

I am in Boston now and the garden tour starts tomorrow, September 13. The tour is sponsored by The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon. We will be visiting about 30 gardens in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. I arrived a day early so I spent the day visiting Arnold Arboretum at Harvard…

Grass Garden

The grass garden at Dawn Gardens has about 20 different varieties of ornamental grasses. It occupies about 1/4 acre and is irrigated about 4 times a year with rotor heads. A ride past the grass garden in the golf cart. Photos of some of the grasses in Dawn Gardens: EVERGREEN GRASSES: Giant Feather Grass (Stipa…

Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen shrubs form the structure of most gardens. LOW SHRUBS: Australian Fuchsia (Correa ‘Wyn’s Wonder’) Australian Fuchsia fall color Fiesta Indian Pink Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Fiesta’) Dwarf Broom (Genista lydia) Gold Flower (Hypericum moserianum) Hypericum ‘Compact Red’ Abelia grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’ Green Santolina (Santolina rosmarinifolia) Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’ MEDIUM SHRUBS: Mexican Orange (Choisya ternata) Aztec Pearl…