When my member "open gardens book" from the HPSO arrives in the spring I sit down and go through with a highlighter, marking my "must see" gardens. I had to wait awhile for this one, as it wasn't open until late August...but boy was it worth the wait!
I've chatted with garden's owner/designer, Lisa Fuller, enough that I knew she has great plant taste. Plus the lady is always wearing amazing jewelry...you have to figure that's going to transfer to a great garden design too, right? Quite literally in fact...
My only regret in visiting this garden was that it happened in the evening, thus the light in these photos is a little off, even after editing to correct it. However on the positive there were none of the harsh shadows a daytime visit would have meant. And the "feel" of the space was magical...
I need to find out where Lisa acquires the metal pieces she uses throughout the garden. She must be a blast to shop with...so many treasures.
And check out the figs!
I'm not normally a fan of Echinacea but these glowed.
Off the back of the house was a huge deck and next to it a small kitchen garden, packed full of goodness.
Pay no heed to that foggy spot in the middle of the image — this vignette was just too good to not include because of a bad photo.
Such a lovely Loquat...
Other visitors enjoying the potager.
And this! I thought the bottles helping to make a raised planting circle were a bit of genius.
Separated at birth? Lisa and I both have a thing for succulents, hardiness be damned! I meant to ask where she overwinters hers...and I hate that I'm starting to think about beginning the migration of my garden (but there's no denying it is that time of year).
There really were splendid vignettes everywhere you looked!
This is a large garden, as you've probably figured out.
Here's the description from the open gardens book: "This woodland cul-de-sac property sits on an east-facing sloping lot that ends at a seasonal creek. I've spent six seasons so far reclaiming the woodland from blackberry and ivy, terracing the slopes into open sunny fruit, vegetable, herb, and dry gardens. Distinctive shrubs and trees including my favorites: katsura, cornus, acer, magnolia, hydrangea, and viburnum occupy the middle story, and irises, planted for succession blooming from February through July, meander along a natural spring. A tiny bog garden, a fern stumpery, and a "campground" also keep things interesting along with many seasonal and evergreen charmers including hellebore, hosta, paris, trillium, epimedium, and an ever growing pot garden of succulents."
There were candles placed throughout.
And all of this is happening under these tall tall trees.
I really appreciated the fact you could see how much fun Lisa has in her garden...
From a fancy "meal" for two...
To a campground!
...everywhere you look!
Mail for the birds?
There's a pond under there.
Onoclea sensibilis (Sensitive fern)
Now I've left the back-40 and I'm exploring the garden around the other sides of the house.
I was not alone.
Once again I must say how bummed I am that the photo-quality does not match the garden-quality. Hopefully I'll visit again on a bright cloudy day and can take more photos.
Thank you so much Lisa, for sharing your inspiring garden!
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