GARDEN TOURS: Asian-infused in Weston, MA

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White birch and Azalea, GARDEN TOURS: Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This garden was a feature on the last day of the garden tours during the conference. (There is a post conference day of tours as well as the two days during the conference).  This was the most extremely detailed garden with meticulous maintenance.  The home on the property is a modernist glass-walled that is nestled into the landscape with a seamless transition between indoors and out. The image above features White Birch dotted with a large stones and a mass of green under-planting of Azalea.

DESIGNERS: Zen Associates

 Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The entrance of the house features 100s of boxwood pruned to maintain their individual spherical domes. The base color palate of the entire 6 acre property is limited to greens and white with additional tones added by the Black Mist granite and other natural stonework. Note the small river rock edging between the boxwood and driveway, which is seen again in the next photo to blend transitions.

 Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood. Acer palmatum var. dis. 'Virdis'

Throughout the gardens are strategically placed conifers / Japanese maple that are pruned and maintained to highlight their unique form and structure.  Many of the conifers are place with immense detail among mossy boulders and creeping ground cover.

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The garden is also home to a collection of contemporary sculpture that is placed intently to draw your eye.

 Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood. Bonsai collection

The owners collection of bonsai placed on custom stands that allow the homeowners to view them from inside the home with ease.  The bonsai are cared for by a bonsai sensei on a regular basis.  Some of the trees in the forest of bonsai are over 400 years old.

 Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood. Bonsai House

During the colder seasons, the bonsai move into the modern climate controlled bonsai house on the property.  In my next life I will have one as well.

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View back to the house over the 1/2 acre koi pond with three water falls.

 Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood. Stone spa

 

 Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood. Bonsai House

GARDEN TOURS: Gardens at Clock Barn

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Historic shingled barn dating back to 1790s. The complete property includes saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com.

 

Gardens at Clock Barn

Garden Designer – Maureen and Michael Ruettgers.

 

The gardens at Clock Barn surround meticulously restored saltbox farmhouse and barn that date back to 1790. The gardens on the property include a restored greenhouse and potting area, a walled garden, reflecting pools and cutting gardens.

Historic shingled barn dating back to 1790s. The complete property includes saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. Historic shingled barn dating back to 1790s. The complete property includes saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com.

The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com.The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com. The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com.The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com.The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, MA. Designer Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The property includes a saltbox farm house, restored greenhouse and extensive gardens. See a complete garden tour on Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com.

Preparing for 2018 – preview/update

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It’s that time for reflecting on accomplishments and misses along with planning for the year to come, and during Ohio winters those are the only two items we can really do for our gardens.  I have been placing seed orders, flipping through books, designing, reading articles, giving talks, designing some more and compiling long lists of things to do, with the majority only after the freeze of winter breaks.

Garden Tours from the APLD conference in Boston. Thinking Outside the BoxwoodA stop along the APLD Boston Conference garden tours. Next set of posts to include individual garden tour recaps.

 

One of my lists includes all the blog topics I want to explore and write, which continues to grow every year from the last since I never write as many posts as I plan. A redesign for the blog is in the works (about time), along with creating an official content calendar to keep us on top of posting.  The plan is not to post for the sake of posting, but making sure I am planning ahead, getting the photos I need, have deadlines for writing and creating graphics. I don’t think I will ever get to a weekly post (or I should say we because it’s a team effort with Allison), but I do plan on putting more effort in dedicating time to Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com.

 

Terrain in Westport, CT Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Terrain in Westport, CT from my visit on the way out to Boston. More photos from the visit back in this post HERE.

 

I started the blog to share garden design from my point of view and knowledge of plants and how to install and maintain. I don’t check my site analytics nor ever wish to include ads. I write for the comments (please comment) and meeting anyone that has said they read a post.  I pin my content to Pinterest and get excited for every repin, not because of the exposure, but because someone is learning from my content or are inspired by the image. I am still trying to figure out what the future of the blog will become, but for now it will stay a place to share work, inspiration and know-how from my point of view.

Holiday lights in German Village. Feature a collar of greens and curly willow lit from interior spot lights. McCullough's Landscape & Nursery. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Holiday Containers from this past Christmas, this par looked like torches when you past them on the street at night.

 

First posts of the new year will be garden tours from the APLD conference. Will post these in a quick session this week. Please comment or email me if there is anything specific you think I should write about.