Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Vermont Garden

Being busy with work has kept us close to home this summer. In years past the last six weeks would have been spent at our cottage in Rhode Island, and while change always requires a degree of adjustment, I have not missed our old routine. Instead, I have never felt more industrious and creative. Most weekends we have diverted ourselves with exploring our home state. Following are photos from a recent visit to North Hill, the home and garden of renowned horticulturalists and authors Joe Eck and the late Wayne Winterrowd. It is a true Vermont garden - experiential and productive - its paths encourage exploring the wooded acreage and an abundance of food is raised here.




















I bought Joe and Wayne's book, A Year at North Hill, in 1999 just after we finished building our former house and I embarked on my first Vermont garden. It is a beautiful story and excellent resource for New England gardeners. Their recently released, co-authored book, To Eat: A Country Life, is a wonderful primer on living well. For information on visiting the garden, workshops and events at North Hill, see the website here.

19 comments:

  1. Well Hello there Phyllis! I really have fallen head over heels for Joe & Waynes garden. So many beautiful textures and colours and that stunning woodland backdrop to set them all off. I could lose myself on those mossy paths quite easily. Off to check out their books and website. I am playing catch up here and hoping you have had a wonderful summer. Paul.x

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  2. Oh this is insanely magnificent!! The kind of garden that I doubt I would ever leave. That would be me hiding in the tree, refusing to come down and go home. Everything is so abundant.

    Heaven, heaven, heaven on a stick. And your images bring it all to life.

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  3. This place is really lovely. When I think of Vermont I think of moss and rocks and vistas of endless green. This is Vermont at its best.

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  4. ahhhh, summer in vermont and in this lovely garden in particular.........soothing, inspiring and oh so green

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  5. that blue door - what a breath of fresh air!!!!!

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  6. This looks like such a magnificent place. Sometimes exploring one's "own backyard" can be the most rewarding!

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  7. So much inspiration!
    I love the natural wood structures woven fences etc...)

    xo

    Brooke

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  8. So natural and beautiful! Is that a potting shed? I love the display of terra-cotta pots.
    x Loi

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  9. What a gorgeous garden, and those sweet peas! Glad you're keeping busy but still able to provide us with such loveliness...thank you!

    xo Kat

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  10. A sweet blog friend sent this post to me because it made her think of me, and I'm so glad she did! Beautiful! That blue door and those shelves of pots...swoon!

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  11. Gorgeous pottery/potting shed and I love all the lush green. The little turkey's are darling!

    xxleslie

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  12. Dear Phyllis How wonderful a place to explore.
    I love that split log fence pathway!
    Simply lovely!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Feature: Artist Anne Harwell

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  13. Phyllis,
    What a wonderful garden and such a beautiful use of the land. The idea of a garden that provides so much produce has always been appealing to me both visually and gastronomically. :D
    Great post.
    Karen

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  14. What a beautiful garden...I love how all the pots are stacked on the shelves...

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  15. Phyllis, this garden is stunning. There is so much to see and your images are lovely. I can only imagine it in person.

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  16. Gorgeous and so peaceful. Vermont is filled with so much natural beauty...breathtaking. I can relate to the "sticking closer to home". We have a son who has developed a serious fear of getting on a plane, two trips have been canceled due to this so its forced us to stay close by and/or take shorter road trips. We have as a result been able to make some discoveries we otherwise might have not have made....reasons for everything.

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  17. Wow, these photos are absolutely beautiful! I've never been to Vermont, but would love to go. Your amazing images make me want to pack my bags this minute!

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  18. As a suburbanite living in the wide open flatness of Texas, I crave surroundings like these. I've never been to Vermont in the summer, it's beautiful!

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  19. Lovely pictures from a lovely place!

    Take care,
    Titti

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