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Enchanted Gardens at Greenfield Hill

Wisteria Arbor at Applewood

Wisteria Arbor at Applewood

The great thing about living in a small town is that you end up getting to know your neighbors and our neighbor, Judy Ostrow, is one to get to know.  Not only is she is talented writer (she wrote The House That Jill Built as well as many other books on decorating and architecture) but she’s a connoisseur of gardens and landscape design.  Her most recent article, Enchanted Gardens, appears in this spring’s edition of atHome magazine and it is delight not to be missed…

The Apple Orchard in Early Morning

The Apple Orchard in Early Morning

The house and gardens known as Applewood look like they have been in the Raveis family for generations but are in fact only a decade old.  From lush lawns and apple orchards, to carefully manicured boxwood hedges and a zen-like yoga garden bordered by lavender, the Raveises left no stone unturned in designing a haven of beauty and peace.

Dogwood in Bloom

Dogwood in Bloom

Apple Blossoms and Peonies

Apple Blossoms and Peonies

Along with the more traditional perennial borders and espaliered fruit trees, the owners also considered the grandchildren in the design including a terrace with child-sized seating and whimsical topiaries shaped as bunnies and chickens.  There’s even a garden named for Peter Rabbit’s arch nemesis, Mr. McGregor, which yields basketfuls of vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season.

French Shutters and a Boxwood Parterre

French Shutters and a Boxwood Parterre

With a garden like Applewood’s, there no reason to leave home.  The Raveises think that “just walking the paths and watching the landscape change with the seasons is a pleasurable journey.”  Oh, how we agree!

Blue Victorian Birdhouse and Andromeda

Blue Victorian Birdhouse and Andromeda

Photographs by Amy Vischio for atHome.  To see more pictures, please visit atHome.

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6 Comments

  • Reply The Zhush March 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Instead of packing up my carry on, I am over here in full procrastination mode! These gardens are amazing! I can’t wait to get my hands on Athome this month…so much landscaping inspiration! These images are breathtaking…now have total garden envy!

  • Reply Gwen Driscoll March 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    OMG. I feel like I have died and gone to garden heaven. Thank you for stopping by my blog & now introducing me to yours. I’m so excited to have found a new blog I know I’m going to love. Thank you for the beautiful images.

    • Reply carolyn March 11, 2010 at 6:46 am

      Gwen – Sue at The Zhush said I might enjoy your blog and she was so right – so much so that I’ve added you to my list of Beautiful Blogs! Your post on Leading Men was great and I can’t wait to read more.
      – Carolyn

  • Reply TheShinyPebble March 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Just came over from The Zhush…

    • Reply carolyn March 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      Catherine – I hope you like what you see and read 🙂

  • Reply gardeners sheffield March 22, 2010 at 1:39 am

    That is incredible. I could spend hours in there.Those are wonderful pictures! What a lovely place to go and relax…

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