My family and I visited Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich on a picture perfect day last week. The Estate is a the former summer home of the Crane family and is a fantastic example of the architecture and gardens of the American Country Place Era. The landscape draws from bot
I finally got a chance to visit The Fells Historic Estate and Garden in New London, NH. On a beautiful early summer day I went with my family to tour the house and garden. This was the summer estate of John Hays, private secretary to Abraham Lincoln and eventual Secretary of State u
I have a small vegetable garden in back of my garage and my yard, though 95% fenced in, has a gap between the garage and house where the bunnies find their way to my veggies (they come in under the fence too!). I’ve considered enclosing the garden, but fencing is expensive, and
It is almost Bbq season! After a long winter we’re all excited to get outside. This year I’ve been getting more requests for outdoor kitchen designs, from simple built in grills to more expansive designs with pizza ovens, bar seating, refrigerators and lighting. I went o
After two years of living in our new home, my husband and I are finally getting around to making some changes to our landscape. The property was one of the core reasons we bought our house; it has amazing, mature trees and shrubs. I’m talking 80 foot Cedars, Pines, a Grey Birc
Much of Massachusetts has suffered from extreme drought this year. By the end of August 70% of the state was experiencing drought, and more than half of the cities and towns in the state had some type of water ban, limiting water used for “nonessential outdoor watering”.
Hydrangeas play a central role in the late summer garden. Those woody shrubs that look bare in early spring leaf out and produce fabulous blooms from mid summer through the fall. And, as temperatures cool and blooms fade, they take on a whole new muted color palette. Perfect for cu
Now that winter is here, and there are no more showy flowers or fall foliage, you can really start to see other ornamental aspects of plants. You can appreciate how woody and evergreen trees and shrubs provide form and texture throughout the winter. If you look a bit more closely, y