May 18, 2016
Touring the Gardens of Bunny Williams
Garden tours are a wonderful way to celebrate the season!
On our way to lunch after attending Trade Secrets last weekend, we stopped and visited the gardens of interior designer and author, Bunny Williams. Bunny is the founder of Trade Secrets, a sale of rare plants, garden antiques, and other outdoor decor, that takes place every spring in Sharon, Connecticut. It is a lovely event which benefits the Women’s Support Services in that area.
During the tour, we saw Bunny's beautiful country gardens, the pool house, greenhouse, chicken aviary, and the lovely landscaped grounds surrounding the home she shares with her husband, antiques dealer, John Rosselli. Here are some of the photos - enjoy.
1 Bunny's home is a lovingly restored 18th century New England manor house.
2 The driveway leading to her home is lined with beautiful old trees.
3 Guests are greeted by two stone dogs at the entrance to Bunny's gardens.
4 Her formal garden is breathtaking - a perfectly manicured parterre.
5 This garden was patterned after a design by legendary English gardener, Rosemary Varey. These white tulips were stunning to see all in bloom.
6 Colorful tulips were also planted among her vegetable beds - all upright and full of color. Tulips perform best in full sun and in rich, fertile, well-drained soil.
7 Tulips come in all colors, including this dark purple to eggplant 'Queen of the Night' - the darkest variety.
8 Pansies lined the walkway between the house and the formal garden. Pansies are one of the most popular cool weather annuals. They grow well in sunny or partially sunny locations.
9 Beautiful and unique succulents were displayed along one side of the garden toward her chicken coop.
10 This handsome receptacle is for compost. Bunny found this cast iron antique several years ago - it was originally used to wrap around trees.
11 Bunny has cold frames on one side of her greenhouse. In agriculture and in gardening, a cold frame is a transparent-roofed enclosure that is built low to the ground and used primarily to protect plants from inclement weather.
12 Don't you love the chicken aviary? Bunny's chickens are completely enclosed and protected, and have access to their coops.
13 Chickens are not difficult to keep, but they do require time and commitment. They also need enough room to roam and forage in an outdoor space. I allow my chickens to roam free in my vegetable gardens before planting season begins.
14 Here is Bunny's greenhouse. It was her greenhouse that inspired Trade Secrets 16-years ago when she decided to hold a sale in order to downsize the plants in her collection. It has been a huge success ever since. http://www.tradesecretsct.com
15 Bunny overwinters a lot of beautiful exotic tropical plants in her greenhouse.
16 Past the greenhouse and the chicken coop is a short walk up a hill and these gorgeous lawns.
17 At the top is this beautiful pool. The large stone border gives this pool such a dramatic and beautiful touch.
18 For entertaining, Bunny created this classical Greek temple-style pool house. It looks as if it has always been there.
19 Look above at the area just under the eaves of the roof - the entire dark brown space is filled with pine cones.
20 Another creative detail - the pool house posts - they are made of tree trunks.
21 This pool house is such a wonderful gathering space for dining and entertaining.
22 After admiring the pool house, we decided to take a stroll through the woodland.
23 On the side of the path, a large ornamental ball... it was a nice artistic surprise during the walk.
24 The ferns were absolutely stunning.
25 Walking through Bunny's woodland was so tranquil.
26 There were several sitting areas within the woodland - such a nice place to rest or read.
27 Crisp, white fences surrounded her shaded terrace.
28 The space is nestled among more of these majestic old trees - such a beautiful home.