Friday, January 31, 2014

Thinking Outside The Boxwood

At the beginning of every winter you can find me dragging heavy wooden teepees out of the barn to protect my most vulnerable plants.  It's a winter garden chore I look forward to about as much as I do the return of the black flies in the spring.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Guest Blogger- Gordon Hayward

A Walk Along New York City's High-Line

The garden’s power to transform experience was never made clearer to me than a late November week when Mary and I walked south down the full length of The High Line on New York City’s West Side.  After seeing MOMA during the morning, and having a superb brunch at Norma’s in the Hotel Parker Meridien, we set out for the High Line with our niece Rebecca and her mate Michael who live in London; they were visiting NYC for the first time.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Garden Inspirations Workshop

Winters can be very, very long for New England gardeners but here's an event that will be sure to put a little June back in your January.  It's a Garden Inspirations Workshop to benefit Brattleboro's historic Latchis Theater led by four of Vermont's preeminent gardening experts; Gordon Hayward, Julie Moir Messervy, Dan Snow and Helen O'Donnell.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Guest Blogger- Maude Odgers

Make Your Garden Sing

“A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”   - Michael Pollan

Have you ever been to someone's garden and come home and said, “I wish my garden looked like that.” Well I suspect all gardeners, young and old, beginner and advanced, have felt this way. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what it is that we are drawn to in a garden, yet we have a sense it ‘feels right.’ Trying to implement what we see and sense isn’t always easy. The beauty and the mystery is that all gardens are unique. Ideas may be borrowed but how they are used becomes ours.

In my years of gardening there are some threads that I’ve discovered that help a garden work and ‘feel right.’ How you make them unique to you is your job, but starting with a few basics is helpful. These are the ones that stand out for me:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Puppets in Paradise

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend?  Sandglass Theater presents two days of puppetry and performance in the enchanted setting of landscape architects Gordon and Mary Hayward’s gardens. Walk the gardens and view herbs, flowers, and other beautiful flora as you meet puppets, theater artists and musicians around each corner and behind every bush. This community event and Sandglass benefit is a local favorite. Food and refreshments add to the delight of a beautiful day. Click here for more info.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

These Beautiful Garden Pots Will Quickly Urn Your Respect

Photo by French Garden House

Anduze urns, or the vase d'anduze, have to be my favorite garden planters.  They have been around since the 16th-century and originated in the small town of Anduze in the south of France.  I love the form and shape of these wonderful garden ornaments and the color and patina on the unglazed pair in the photo above is just about perfect!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Join Us On The Big Book of Faces

The layers of color in Gordon and Mary Hayward's Vermont garden would lend themselves well to the artist's brush.

Don't forget to join us on Facebook at Notes From Juniper Hill, where you'll find daily postings of what's going on here at the farm, as well as original photos of gardens and interiors, links to important events in the world of gardening, art, shares from other gardeners, new and unusual plants, and comments and interactions from friends near and far.  You can find us on Facebook by clicking here.  We would love to have you join us!  Here's a sample of some postings from just the last 24 hours.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Don't Have Any Shade In Your Garden? No Problem!

Have you always wanted a little shade garden but have nothing to work with except glaring sun?  Well, maybe the answer is to build a little shade house like this one at Bourton House Gardens, in Bourton-On-The-Hill, England (  I simply loved this little structure from the first moment I saw it.  It's built almost  entirely of "slatted" lumber, which seems to provide just the right combination of sun and shade inside.  It has a little mulched path that runs right down the center so that plants are visible on two sides.  And, in addition to providing shade for the array of plants inside, the structure itself is handsome and serves as great 'ornamentation' in the garden. Here are a few more views…

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Crabapple Season

It's crabapple season here at Juniper Hill.  Crabapples are usually grown for their ornamental value, although they are often used as 'polinizers' in apple orchards.  Because of the plentiful blossoms on crabapples, they are particularly attractive to bees and many orchardists will intersperse a few crabapple trees among a row of orchard apples in order to encourage pollination.

The fruit of the crabapple is extremely sour to taste but this doesn't seem to bother the birds who find it to be especially palatable in the early spring when food is scarce and when many varieties of crabapples are still holding their fruit from the previous season.

In our gardens here, the pink and white blossoms of the crapapples provide the first real flower color of the season as they light up the landscape and get the bees stirring.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Staddle Stones

How a toadstool-shaped stone transformed itself from utilitarian farm object to coveted garden ornament.


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