While building a home was something we said we’d never undertake, creating Parterre proved one of the most surprising and satisfying experiences. Inspired by this adventure, I committed myself wholeheartedly to the design of the gardens. Many of my favorite views capture the way the garden embraces our French Normandy-style home, with some of the house’s architectural details framed by hedges, shrubs, and flowering trees. Join me on a little stroll…
On a rainy day, a quiet mood pervades the south-facing side of the facade
with the “Parterre Green” bench and Versailles boxes overlooking the Fountain Garden.
Tulips and flowering pears in the glorious spring…
and fall’s famous ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas framing the pergola against blue skies accented with puffy white clouds.
In the soft light of morning….
Outrageously red tulips in the Orangerie.
Fetching Eden roses climbing the wrought iron arch at the back courtyard with soft purple clematis ‘Betty Corning’ against the wall….
and delicate silver gray dichiondra dressing the cobblestones in the Green and White Garden.
At Parterre we always make time for an intimate lunch for 4…
or a breakfast under the white wisteria-clad pergola.