Behind the Private Gates, Design, In the Garden

Hot Summer, Cool Garden

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One need only enter an exquisite jewel box of a tiny, shaded garden on a hot day to appreciate the adage that “less is more.” Even before I opened the gate into the Daisey’s very special little retreat, I could tell that it was a well-thought out garden. Everything one needs and nothing else to distract. Part of its charm is that it’s a “front” garden to a home that is set perpendicular to the narrow lane, where anyone walking by can enjoy the view also. Such a  gracious gesture, so much a part of a gardener’s nature (excuse the pun).

The Daisey’s garden is truly about curating –making a spot for a sheltered retreat…

choosing just a few small accessories that prompt you to take another look at a vignette…

selecting the perfect size stones for a small pond…

refining a plant list down to just those that will reinforce your theme — and provide interest in their texture, leaf shape and shade of green…

identifying the one, perfect vine to climb a wooden arch over the front door…

adding some whimsy with a container’s garden motif.

And the American flag, as much a fixture in Nantucket as hydrangeas.

Thank you, Ginny and Ed, for our wonderful visit in July.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

5 thoughts on “Hot Summer, Cool Garden

  1. Ginny and Ed work together on this jewel box. I adore this garden and it’s well-curated, well- placed plants. To my mind, it’s perfect. Plus, Ginny is a major horticulturalist and can talk about each plant. I always try to show it to visitors who will appreciate it — knew you would, Bette! Thanks for featuring it. Merrielou

    1. Such a pleasure, visiting gardens with you, meeting Ginny and Ed, enjoying Nantucket. Now when are you all coming to Newport??

    1. Alas, those divine pots came from Allen Haskell’s nursery in New Bedford. Both he and the nursery are not around anymore…

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