October 20, 2023

Planting European Hornbeams and Parrotias in My Maze

British horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll once said, “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” Here at my Bedford, New York farm, we've all had to be very patient and careful in planting my new living maze. It's taking lots of time and hard work to create, but now it is about a third complete and it's looking better and better with each new row.

I started this maze a year and a half ago. I wanted to create a maze of mixed hedges, espaliers, and shrubs in the pasture across the carriage road from my Winter House terrace. I started with European beech, European hornbeams, boxwood, and espaliered apple trees. I designed the maze with various plantings to add texture and interest. Each row includes pathway options and dead ends - with only one correct route to the center. It's all meticulously planned on a map, and each week, we add another group of specimens.

Here are some of the latest photos, enjoy.