I have always enjoy going on the Greenwich Garden Tour. Here you can see coverage that I did of the 2010 Garden Tour. This year, The Well Appointed House was a sponsor and I wanted to share some of the photos I took, in case you were unable to attend.
The first house was 7 Perkely Lane in Riverside, which is the home of landscape architect Susan Cohen. Here is excerpted information contained in the tour guide:
“Located on a tidal inlet of Long Island Sound, the property was dark and overgrown with the owners moved here forty years ago. They removed several large pines and hemlocks and trucks full of Pfitzer junipers. Then they created the garden’s framework, built stone walls, and made paths through the newly established beds, allowing the garden to be traversed in several ways. Steps leading down from the driveway to a hidden fountain “grotto” that the owners created out of the derelict stone walled remains of an oysterman’s boathouse – a structure that predated the construction of the house in the 1920’s. A sitting wall was created and several salvaged architectural fragments, purchased in the 1970’s, were used to create a feeling of antiquity. Plants here include Euonymous ‘Manhattan’, Hydrangea quercifolia, and Polygonatum, as well as a nearby flowering tree, Styrax Japonica.”
The views of the inlet are beautiful!
“Other garden features include a path near the road through hellebores and other shade plants, two stepping stone hillside paths, now quite overgrown, and an “apple orchard” of four semi-dwarf fruiting trees in square raised beds. Near the deck of the house, a hedge of Ilex ‘Hoogendorn’ surrounds a terrace for two, where an ornamental frog spits into a small round pond holding water lilies and goldfish.”
The next house on the tour was at 19 Pilot Rock Road in Riverside — another beautiful home on the water. On this property, landscape architect Susan Cohen (whose home is above) worked in close collaboration with the owners and architect Robert Lamb Hart to create a dramatic waterfront landscape. Excerpted from the tour guide:
“The goal of the landscape architect and her clients was to create a landscape that was simple and mostly green, but to offer seasonal color. Previous owners had planted flowering trees and more were added, including magnolias, Kousa dogwood and several native dogwoods.
Behind the house a long terrace overlooks the water views. Steps lead down to a small spa and a flower garden below the terrace wall. With a color scheme of pink, blue, purple and yellow, this garden contains some of the owners’ favorite old-fashioned flowers: roses, daisies and iris.”
Stay tuned for our next posts, which will include 668 Lake Avenue, 27 Greenbrier Lane and 205 Round Hill Road – all of which had spectacular gardens! 668 Lake Avenue, the Landman Residence, will be so extensive that it will be its own post! 15 acres of formal gardens! Come back soon! In the meantime, check out the extensive patio and garden collection at The Well Appointed House!