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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.