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The Magic of Water in the Garden

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As I often say, isn’t serendipity grand?! On my way to Cohasset to pick up a bejeweled crown (a story for another day) I fell into a beautiful garden prepping for a tour. It belongs to my favorite second cousin, Sara Boynton, a well noted designer of Botanical Arts (creations made entirely of nature’s finest – from mustard seeds to a lily’s stamen).

Her garden is a small jewel, blessed with backing up to a woodland and with sizable rock outcroppings of which she has taken full advantage (did you know that digitalis can self seed in rocky areas?)

Her talent with flower arranging has perfected her eye for color! I was enchanted with this pairing of an apricot-leafed Japanese maple and the shades-of-pink digitalis and allium, stretching their heads so tall.

From another angle, pink rhododendron as a backdrop are a final finish to this scene

Sara also has a talent for plant selection; here, one of my favorites, the Sensitive fern, that is so serviceable as it has the merits of a good plant that likes a range of sun/shade conditions and also looks less like a fern so it can serve double-duty.

But this is not just any garden…Sara’s includes an aesthetic and very considered water feature; I’m always thrilled when I come upon one that is executed well! Greeting you on the right as you enter the terrace leading to the garden is a creation that takes advantage of those existing rocks/boulders that I mentioned earlier. With an assist from hubby Bill, this beguiling site has grown over the years and well deserves being the main feature of this post.

Fronted by a low, rock wall, the small ponds and cascading water create a compelling scene that deserves a slow look. It’s actually three separate “falls” providing fetching views from many angles.

A scene further enhanced with moss, ivy, ferns, creeping jenny, and other water-loving plants that are nestled in very happily.

Obviously the two resident frogs think so, too.

The final take-away is that it’s been here for years…the existing boulders and new rocks that were introduced judiciously are that convincing. Water is on a circulating system, but the volume is determined by the weather, which brings with it a bit of mystique.

Hope your summer is starting off with great anticipation…

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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".

6 thoughts on “The Magic of Water in the Garden

  1. A wonderful post of a restful garden. Love those smart frogs to find prime real estate to call home. You have a talented family.

  2. What a fetching garden. Aren’t cousins the most remarkable family members?

  3. Time tested and endless pleasure, I’m certain. Love waterfalls, Will travel…my mantra… franki

  4. I have to say, this may be one of my all-time favorite gardens you chosen to favor us with! While it may not have my favorite wisteria;-) – it is just stunningly beautiful!

  5. LOVELY LADY,
    MY ‘SIGN’ – CANCER – THE CRAB (JULY), IS PERHAPS INSIGHT AS TO MY STRONG ‘BONDING’AND FONDNESS FOR LOCATIONS THAT INCLUDE ‘H2O’ AS A MAJOR FACTOR.
    WHILE I AM NEITHER A ‘FROG’, NOR A ‘PRINCE; YOU ARE ALWAYS A JOY AND A TREASURE … FOR ALL OF US.

    AS ALWAYS,
    TOM

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