4 Beautiful Massachusetts Gardens – Sep. 14, 2021

Today we saw 4 beautiful gardens in Massachusetts. The owners were there for each one to show us around and answer questions.


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 different areas. The walled garden is shown below:

The woodland garden:

The secret garden:

The reflection garden:

The apple orchard:

Cordon pear fence:

Vegetable/Cutting garden:

Terrace garden:

Swimming pool:


Here are a few of the many interesting plants:

Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora)

Autumn Crocus (Colchicum)

Purple Runner Bean

Signet Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia)

Storage of tools, stakes and bulbs shows how organized the gardeners are:


Natick, MA

This garden is about 1/3 acre entirely maintained by the owners.

There are flowers everywhere and especially unusual because it is almost fall.

360 degree view of the fountain, patio and back garden.

Purple and white walkway

Shovel and pitchfork arch

Here are some of the more unusual plants:

Mandevilla ‘Magic Dream’, ‘Crimson Jewel’?

Spider Flower (Cleome hasslerana)


Umbrella Pine (Sciadopitys verticillata)


Westwood, MA

Ellen and her husband have been living here for 50 years starting the garden from scratch. It is 2 acres maintained by Ellen and professional landscape crews.

The above video is a 360 degree panorama of the back yard.

The swimming pool looks like a high alpine natural pond. The grass at the edge is Molinea ‘Skyracer’.

The water features and stonework were professionally installed.

Owner, Ellen McFarland (left)

Some of the beautifully maintained plants in the garden:

Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) in the yellow garden.

Japanese Woodland Peony (Paeonia obovata)

Ellen gave several of us some seeds so we can try it out.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bo Bo’

Creeping Lily Turf (Liriope spicata) is a good but invasive groundcover for the shade.

Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis) is another good groundcover for the shade.


Andrew’s garden is about 1 acre but it is next to a wildlife refuge of 5 acres and to a beautiful river. This is a beautiful example of developing industrial land with a lot of paving into a beautiful natural area and garden.

The many flowers on the property attracts bees and monarch butterflies.

There are several themed gardens:

The pink/purple garden in front of the house.

The blue/white/purple garden in the back of the house.

The hot color garden at the back patio.

The back patio

The Dahlia/Rose garden

The swimming pool garden is a new addition designed for low maintenance:

Owner, Andrew Grossman

Some of the low maintenance plants:

Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Cassian’)

Little Bunny Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny‘)

Eupatorium greggii

Boltonia asteroides

Tomorrow – Rhode Island gardens

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