The Ruin Garden in Teixeira Park
Teixeira Park: The Ruin Garden and Malus 'Prairifire'
Malus 'Prairifire' along the sidewalk at Teixeira Park
Recycled Granite in the Ruin Garden
Boccelli Garden with former foundation stones used as edging
Old Granite Post at Boccelli Garden
The Pavilion at Depot Park is reminiscent of the Old Depot at nearly the same location
Another Antique Granite Post with recycled granite pavers used as an edging
The Wall at the Lower Garden was the foundation of the original barn
The Yew Hedges form a garden room where the barn once stood
Recycled Curbing form steps in the Hall with Balls
Granite Path in the Hall with Balls
Boston Bricks and old granite pavers are used for the front walkway
Old Granite and Brick in the Lower Garden
A volunteer of the native Cornus alternifolia near the shed
The Ghost project in Nova Scotia brought to mind the ways in which we can make our gardens feel like the place they are in, respect the past history of that place but also be in the present day. In the public gardens in Peterborough and me own garden, I have tried to take all these factors into consideration.
We planted a grove of Malus 'Prairifire' along the sidewalk at Teixeira park to evoke the apple orchards of New England and to attract birds. The Ruin Garden uses salvaged granite to create a structure for the butterfly-loving-plants. It feels ancient in some ways but also somehow modern.
The Boccelli Garden uses the foundation stones that were on the site to create the edging of the garden. The "ghost" of the Boccelli's home and the story of the immigration from Italy in the 1920's and their integration into the Peterborough community is waiting to be told.
The design of the pavilion at Depot Park is an open version of the original Rail station that stood in the same location. Our rich history of railroad transportation in a rural town is honored. Both the Boccelli Garden and the Pavilion Garden at Depot Park utilize antique granite posts in their designs which respect our history.
In my own garden, the foundation of a former barn is the perfect backdrop for a garden. I have plated a yew hedge that creates living walls and a garden room where there the "ghost" of the barn once stood. The stone used for the focal-point bench is a slab of granite from the foundation that was left in the yard. Recycled granite is a recurring building material that is used over and over again in both the public parks and my own private garden.
In New Hampshire, known as the granite state, granite is an easy and effective material to use to create a sense of place. What I find more challenging is to make the gardens and public spaces reflect our contemporary lives. I am attempting to use plants that are "the right plant in the right place" and need less resources to maintain but I like the challenge of using unusual plants that satisfies ones desire to see something fresh, new and unexpected. The Ghost project was a wonderful model and inspiration to do that in both the public and private gardens that I work in.