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

 

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Garden Inspiration: Cheshire, England

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Since old man winter has his grip tight on the throat of the Midwest I want to continue with the theme of gardens I have visited that inspired me over the years.  This garden is a private residence that I was very fortunate to visit while studying in Northwest, England.  Cheshire is really know for its medieval wall and Tudor architecture – well, this garden is a far stretch from traditional England with the garden’s modern architecture, contemporary sculpture, extensive block plantings, & and use of bold colors(mainly chartreuse and burgundy)  .  When I visited the garden it was still a relatively young garden, it terms of English gardens so I am very excited to one day visit again.  I hope these photos help to warm your creative spirit on a cold winter day.

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Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo

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Today in Central Ohio the temperatures are in the teens and the landscape it an abyss of white and grey.  Since I was feeling uninspired by my surrounding- I am sure that others may be in my shoes.  Over the years I have been very fortunate to visit gardens all over North America and Europe, call it a pilgrimage or a quest for inspiration.  One garden that inspired me was Palace Het Loo situated in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.  The Dutch Baroque garden, often called the ‘Versailles of Holland’. Though the gardens are similar to the Palace of Versailles , the gardens were not designed by Le Notre, rather his nephew Claude Desgots. The garden is formulated on the Baroque style of perfect symmetry, axial layout with radiating gravel walks, parterres with fountains, basins and statues.  If you are planning a summer trip to Holland I would recommend adding this to your stop.  I toured the gardens for about 3 hours and that seemed to be enough time.  Enjoy the photos and I hope you find inspiration.Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- boxwood, nasturtium, and garden mums Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Taxus topiary and boxwood hedgesGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Axial symmetry and grand fountainsGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Hornbeam FramingGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Hornbeam avenue Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Boxwood and Orangery Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Beech hedgeGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Beech hedgeGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood