The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hidcote Folly at NH Open Days

Pool House Modeled After Hidcote's Garden Pavilion

The Pool Garden

Pot of Succulents

Joe Valentine and Paula Hunter's garden in Francestown was on The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Tour this past weekend along with ten other gardens including mine. Each garden was unique and spoke volumes about the gardeners who built them. I got a chance to visit with Joe and Paula this evening. A couple days after a garden tour is not a bad time to visit a garden. Everything is still "just so" but the gardeners are ready to relax and enjoy the garden for themselves.

The latest addition to their garden was a pool house modeled after the pavilions between the Red Borders and the Stilt Garden. It is on axis at the end of the pool. It is beautifully built and is also a functioning pool house. The garden's surround an 18th century saltbox house that they have lovingly restored. They have about 2 acres of "country formal" gardens and if that wasn't enough, it is also a "working farm that is home to some of the world's most endangered breeds of livestock." Joe and Paula also are serious boxwood enthusiasts and grow eleven different varieties of boxwoods. Their favorite is called 'Newport Blue' and is surprisingly hardy in protected locations in their garden.

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