As we move into our 23rd year in our Newport home, I thought you might enjoy a bit of histoire on its past. Parterre, taking its name from the delineated planting beds that are a distinguishing design element of French gardens, was built in 1999. Its three acres are part of the original Belmont estate (circa 1880’s) whose main house “By the Sea” was torn down in 1944 and never re-built.
With such a Newport story, and neighborhood, we wished to convey the impression that our French Normandy home had been here for decades, for which our magnificent old trees provide that credibility.
Our Philadelphia architect, Fred Bissinger, included two outbuildings in his design (romantically named the “Orangerie” and the “dovecote”) to give the impression of an old estate; in so doing, he created perfect settings for outdoor garden rooms. Let’s take a little stroll “down the garden paths” that adjoin these rooms, beginning with the aforementioned Orangerie.
The view down the path from the Orangerie includes the house and the pergola.
Sometimes there are rose petals on the path that encircles the Orangerie.
Which also takes in views of the The Green and White garden.
An extra wide path leads to the Parterre Bench, located against the yew hedge of the Green and White garden.
Within the beds, old cobblestones become a stepping stone path.
A jig and a jag path directs you towards the Cutting Garden, with its new green lattice fence for Parterre’s roses.
Taking you down a rosy path where ‘Falstaff’ runs the entire length of the stucco wall facing the entrance to the Cutting Garden.
In the Fountain Garden, paths delineated with curved metal edging create the design which gives Parterre its name.
A scene that I had dreamed of when we were planning the gardens…a path, interrupted with low-growing plants that flop over the beds, leading through a small opening into a secret garden.
Such as here… a very informal path in the woodland, a contrast to the formal pebble paths in the other garden areas. The woodland’s cool temperatures provide a welcome relief to the full sun in the decorative gardens surrounding the house.
Hope your summer will be filled with paths of discovery and pleasure.