June 13, 2012
Planning the Boxwood Garden
There have been some exciting projects going on at the farm, including the installation of a new garden! You may recall the building on the farm called the Summer House, where much of my library of books is kept. Behind the Summer House, at the southwest corner of the property, is a large yard that is walled by a tall hedge of American boxwood. I’ve had a vision, for several years now, to turn that yard into a spectacular enclosed garden with stone pathways, benches, and a faux bois gazebo. Last March, I met again with Carmine Luppino, from Luppino Landscaping and Masonry, to discuss the details and finalize the plan. Carmine and his talented crew are responsible for all the stonework at the farm and he always seems to know just what I’d like done. Here are some photos from that visit. To see a fascinating video about where Carmine finds much of his stone, click here.
1 Here I am with Carmine Luppino last March discussing his amazing stonework. Carmine told me that he has another wonderful millstone, similar to this one, to fit into the boxwood garden project.
2 I was pointing out how happy I am that the terrace gardens were so nicely edged in stone, retaining the soil in the garden beds.
3 This is some of Carmine's fantastic masonry on my house foundation.
4 There are flat stone walkways throughout the property. This one is leading into the boxwood garden.
5 More stepping stones leading to the Summer House basement
6 And this walkway leads down from the stone terrace.
7 Another walkway through an early emerging shade garden
8 As we approached the Summer House, I was describing all the tree damage to Carmine, a result of the freak October snow storm.
9 Carmine's walls are solidly built and I have no qualms about walking on them.
10 This is one way to approach the boxwood garden on the backside of the Summer House.
11 More of Carmine's work
12 Walking through the boxwood garden.
13 I began reviewing my plan with Carmine.
14 I made a quick sketch.
15 We discussed what kind of stone and how wide the walkway should be.
16 We decided on where the millstone should be placed.
17 I described a faux bois gazebo structure that I had in storage, which would be used in this garden.
18 Whenever I meet with Carmine, he listens intently and never takes notes.
19 Here's my little sketch.
20 I, in turn, listened to what Carmine had to say.
21 This area has a natural slope and Carmine was making some suggestions about how to deal with the grade.
22 My vision and Carmine's years of expertise always turns out well.
23 The idea is to make this garden an extension of this large terrace off the Summer House.
24 We finally took some measurements.
25 And some more - This opening is the main entrance into the garden.
26 It all looks good on paper.
27 Planning projects always makes me happy!
28 When the all the stonework is complete and the gardens are planted, this area will be totally transformed! I can't wait!