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.
trees, shrubs, perennials and water features fill the gardens creating a
of 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
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 should be a wonderful display of spring bulbs in 2013.
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.
Mayapple Dell is a woodland area. It
features a dry streambed curving through huge boulders and ending in a small
pond. The streambed 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
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
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
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
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. Classic urns filled with fuchsias and begonias provide color to
the end of the season.
The West Side has been under
development 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 large
Sundew 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
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. Gingko Lane is now improved with gravel all
the way down. 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 other
The cattle have a new area so now their sunny
lower field can be used to grow giant pumpkins, sunflowers, gourds and other
sun loving flowers during the summer.