In the Garden

In the Garden with Jane Ellsworth

Monogrammed Garden Gate

Monogrammed Garden Gate

Having been raised in the Belgian countryside by a mother who worshiped Constance Fry and the untamed yet still elegant she designed, we naturally gravitate toward the “tumbling cacophony of lush mixed borders” barely contained by a clipped boxwood hedges.  This is why we had to share this beautiful garden lovingly cultivated by interior designer Jane Ellsworth which we spied in the pages of one of our favorite local magazines, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

Boxwood Parterre

Boxwood Parterre

Peek-a-boo Pool House

Peek-a-boo Pool House

Set on seven acres in Darien, Jane’s 1940’s brick Georgian house has the feel of an English country home and the garden is filled with colorful exuberance and blossoms for every season.  “In my opinion, the garden is an outdoor room whose components should be handled in the same way as the corresponding decorative elements in an interior space, to create a specific mood or style that is functional and pleasing,” says Jane.  You may call this garden functional and pleasing, but we’ll call it sheer bliss.

Globe Thistle

Globe Thistle

Brick Walls

Brick Walls

Apple Orchard

Apple Orchard

We’d love to spend the weekend under that apple tree but we’re off to our final regatta of season!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend of whiling away the hours…

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6 Comments

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann May 15, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Would love to join you under that apple tree – looks like the perfect spot for a garden tea. Have fun at the regatta and can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks! XOXO

  • Reply Sandy May 15, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Wow…this gorgeous garden is in Darien? I thought it was the English countryside! Have a fabulous weekend, ladies…and best of luck to your boys in their final regatta! xoxo

  • Reply Loi Thai Tone on Tone May 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    So beautiful! There’s order and structure, yet a bit carefree and romantic. That brickwall is stunning. Enjoy your regatta! Happy weekend. Cheers

  • Reply Jayne May 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Bliss indeed! Darien is a lovely town and like some of the towns around it, can feel just like the English countryside, in the back country. beautiful!!!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips May 17, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Just beautiful!!!! I could get lost in that garden!

    Hope the regatta went well. I have several friends from Rye who have probably been sitting on the same shorelines as you, they past few months!

    Here’s to a respite this summer!
    Excited to see you soon!!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply The Enchanted Home May 22, 2015 at 7:35 am

    What a fabulous and magical garden, simply enchanting! Darien is so pretty, love that brick wall/entry. Wishing you a both a relaxing and wonderful holiday weekend!

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