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Through The Garden Gate: Waterperry Farm
May 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by Thomas Jefferson Garden Club
Named after a pioneering English horticultural college for women, Waterperry Farm is an ongoing work of extensive landscaping. Once a gentleman’s farm called Braeburn, with pasture pretty much in all directions, it was clear it needed more trees and a garden. Twenty- eight years and countless plantings later, the gardens contain enough species to qualify us (were we public) as a Level II Arboretum!
To the left of the house, rebuilt in 1810 on its original foundation, one moves through a series of rooms designed in the English style. The rose garden, resplendent with old and new varieties, contains two archways. One, hidden in a boxwood hedge, leads to a meandering shade walk while the other opens to three additional spaces. Here crabapples and yews surround a recently installed fountain. Another “room” showcases a reflecting pool and ‘Okame’ cherries. Up a series of steps, repeating themes of red and gold pull the eye down a long shrub and boxwood border. There one also finds a formal cutting garden and a wonderful greenhouse, one of two recent British imports, the other being a red-haired, life-sized wire sculpture.
On the other side of the house, a stream-fed bog garden and large pond create a tranquil place of mood and motion. In an informal Japanese-inspired planting, one sees a variety of expansive water plants as well as better behaved azaleas, Japanese maples, ground-hugging junipers and geraniums, Loblolly pines and Shumard oaks. Cascading through three small pools before reaching the bog, a waterfall spills into the pond under a simple white oak bridge. The other hillside beckoned and now a collection of conifers intermixed with ornamental grasses and perennials rises above the pond to catch the sunlight and wind.
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