The Gardens

The gardens are both old and new and exhibit the diversity of native and exotic plants, trees and shrubs that can be grown in the central New Hampshire climate. Conditions include sun and shade, sandy and wet soils. Flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and water features fill the gardens creating a paradeof new vistas. There is always something new to experience.

Mother’s day garden
The small Mother’s Day garden with it’s central larch tree adjoins the bog garden. In this garden a bench under the curtain of a willow tree is an ideal spot to relax, enjoy the flowers and watch the birds and butterflies, dream or even take a nap.

Alpine Slope
The upper reaches of a gentle south facing slope provide an ideal environment for the Alpine Garden. Varieties of thyme edge the crushed stone path. Miniature evergreens with a variety of texture and colors dwell among the moss and lichen covered boulders. Alpine flowers add to the beauty of this garden.

Main Avenue
The view from the Events Pavilion

Catalpa garden
Grass paths meander through the Catalpa Garden. Catalpa trees spread a canopy of cool shade providing a break on a hot day in summer. A large rockery wraps the north west boundary. Crown imperials, Japanese anemones, adenophora, foxgloves, campanulas, hostas and magic lilies are at home here. A  red horse-chestnut tree is growing well and daphnes add the allure of their wonderful perfume.The Seven Sons tree starts to bloom in August and provides color till the late Fall. One of the oldest flower gardens it is now being re-planted. There is a wonderful display of spring bulbs in early May.

Three Pines
is a dry shade garden, one of the most difficult environments to plant, yet it is one of the most colorful gardens in early spring and produces flowers and interest throughout the year. Here it is pictured in summer.

Mayapple Dell
is a woodland area. It features a dry stream bed curving through huge boulders and ending in a small pond. The stream bed is a natural land drain and fills after heavy rains.
The Mayapple patch has filled out and in 2011 another area was cleared and planted with woodland plants that had a great start in the cool, wet June weather.
The unusually mild end of 2011 weather was put to good use clearing more of the underbrush and providing better exposure for the selected native trees. We plan to introduce more woodland plants and ground covers to blanket these areas.
The native Rosebay rhododendrons bloomed for the first time in 2012.

The Rose Garden Patio
On this secluded patio the tables are surrounded by roses. Many different clematis climb the pergola and the fence which protects the patio from the north winds. A tall hedge and trees to the south provide shade and the prevailing westerly breezes carry scents from the flowers across the area. Humming birds and butterflies abound among the flowers.

Formal garden

Created in 1978 this is the most mature garden.The surrounding tall hedge was planted from native hemlock seedlings. After removal of large spruce trees at the west end the garden has been opened up and new paths and shrubs installed.

Formal garden

Tall oak trees to the south ensure a cool place to sit and enjoy the serenity of the Formal Garden. Long flower borders of astilbe and daylilies bloom in July.In August and September these borders are bursting with brilliant annuals. Classic urns filled with fuchsias and begonias provide color to the end of the season.

The West Side has been underdevelopment since 2010. The area includes the lower Highland Cattle field and all the land west of the Catalpa Gardens and the Koi Pond down to the largeSundew pond, completing our westward expansion. From the high sunny former cattle field, through a woodland stretch with huge trees, past a berry patch,through more woods, finally reaching the Sundew Pond before returning up a sunny slope to Main Avenue, this area spans a wide range of environmental conditions.
Gingko Lane was developed starting from the Catalpa Garden and sloping down past specimen trees to join Sundew Lane behind the Koi Pond. Mosse Way (the path is moss covered) winds through a lightly wooded area emerging with a view of Sundew Pond, then joins Gingko Lane. We are working on the access to Sundew pond and plan to add a screened gazebo.The woodland west of Gingko Lane will remain as a natural setting. On the east side a strip of annuals flower alongside a bend in the path that borders an area including a berry patch with honeyberry, goumi and otherberry bushes. The cattle have a new area so now their sunnylower field can be used to grow giant pumpkins, sunflowers, gourds and other sun loving flowers during the summer.