A Walk in the Garden

OLD-FASHIONED CHARM

The Glasebrook’s sprawling 1865 midcountry estate, with its mix of flower, vegetable and herb gardens, is a special place nurtured by passionate lovers of the land.

BEST TABLE IN THE HOUSE
A table whose base is made from a pair of antique faux bois strawberry pots invites guests to relax under the gazebo.

IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN THYME
In the herb garden, an antique sundial is centered in a bed filled with varities of thyme, including wooly thyme, ‘Purple Carpet,’ ‘Ruby Glow’ and ‘Golden Edge.’

EVERYTHING TAKES SHAPE
A ‘Green Mound’ boxwood, which is one of a pair, serves as a center point to the estate’s flower garden filled with fragrant blooms.

GATEWAY TO WONDERLAND
An arched arbor of ‘New Dawn’ roses leads to the formal parterre that is enclosed by a white picket fence and was designed to be an outdoor “room.”


SERENITY BY THE SEA

Brilliant color combinations and sweeping views of the Sound make the gardens of the Bevan/Daddino neoclassical manor in Belle Haven simply magical.

A (GARDEN) ROOM WITH A VIEW
At the water’s edge, sumac trees shade banks of hydrangeas, which are abundant on the property and flourish in the salt air. Wildly bright orange lilies add a pop of color.

CELESTIAL POINT OF FOCUS
An armillary gives focus in the perennial garden that’s abloom with crocosmia Lucifer, Russian sage and geranium Johnson’s Blue.

COME ON IN, THE WATER’S FINE
The lower terrace is dominated by the sapphire blue pool and pool house that is a series of rooms framed by a pergola covered with wisteria and clematis.

A GRAND FIRST IMPRESSION
Once past the twelve towering pin oaks, guests are welcomed by a formal English knot garden. Bordered by green velvet boxwood, it houses colorful New Guinea impatiens and dusty miller.


MANICURED PERFECTION

The Chadwick’s charming Old Greenwich garden is the culmination of many years of landscaping experimentation that turned out just right.

A SPOT TO TAKE COVER
The pergola, made of steel to support the wisteria, is the perfect place for summer entertaining or for one of the owners, an avid watercolorist, to set up his easle.

DOWN THE GARDEN PATH
A signature of this garden is its serpentine paths paved in brick that lead from room to room. Here, an armillary and border of boxwood spheres accessorize the space.

STORMING THE CASTLE
The front courtyard, lined with hydrangea and flat-topped boxwoods that mimic the teeth at the top of a castle, leads to the property’s formal garden.

MANICURED PERFECTION
The beds in the perennial garden are planted with a variety of flowers—phlox, bleeding heart, asters, irises and lilies.


ANIMAL KINGDOM

In the Day’s whimsical topiary garden lions reign supreme, a regal elephant greets guests, a hunting dog chases a pheasant and hungry crocodiles lie in wait.

YOU’RE GONNA HEAR ME ROAR
William and Henry, the friendly lions who watch over the garden, were the first living sculptures planted here. Sweet flag forms the manes and tail tufts of the beasts, which weigh in at 800 pounds apiece.

AN UNFORGETTABLE ADDITION
Jumbo the elephant, who has gold-leaf ears and a recirculating fountain that spouts from his trunk, kneels so passengers can climb into his silk-cushioned howdah.

PLANTINGS WITH SOME REAL BITE
A pair of cranky boxwood crocodiles with gold-leaf teeth lie in wait around the garden pool that is filled by Jumbo’s spouting trunk.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS!
A top the terraced space, a diligent hunting dog flushes out a fleeing pheasant. The pair was created to pay homage to Nat Day, who is an avid outdoor sportsman.


ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

The Thurlow’s seaside garden in Lucas Point that was once destroyed by a nor’easter, today stands as a testament to the friends that helped rebuild it and the owner’s resolve to bring it back to its full glory.

OVER THE BORDER
The seawall border of the garden is the last to bloom and consists of Fairy Roses, speedwell and lamb’s ears. Daylilies add an unexpected pop of yellow.

STANDING TALL
In the far corner of the property, a seaside splash of delphinium, foxglove, hollyhocks, Russell lupine and Fairy Roses adds height and visual interest.

FOR THE BIRDS
Here, feathered friends are always welcome to stay the night in one of the many handcrafted houses. The Birdhouse Garden also includes hosta, hydrangeas and iris, and is hemmed with lamb’s ears.

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