A Visit to White Flower Farm and walking The Lloyd Border

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A visit to White Flower Farm, touring the greenhouses and walking the Lloyd Border - More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

 

Another stop our road trip from Ohio to Boston was to visit White Flower Farm in Morris, CT. We met with Elliot Wadsorth and he gave us a tour of the gardens and greenhouses. When we told family, friends and clients from Ohio to Connecticut about our planned stop, they all knew of White Flower Farm which showcases just how many gardeners White Flower Farm has touched.

Walking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

 

One of the first areas we walked was the Lloyd Border, named after the late Christopher Lloyd, famed for his creation of Great Dixter in the United Kingdom. The border at White Flower Farm was designed by Fergus Garrett, the head gardener at Great Dixter, with the planting starting in 2011. The border is 20 feet deep and runs 280 feet long backed by a hedge European Beech and edge by a slate walkway. As you walk down the border, the mood, colors and textures constantly changes and you experience and walking back in the other direction gives a completely different experience.

Walking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

Walking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

Walking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

Walking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.comWalking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

Walking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.comWalking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.comWalking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.comWalking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.comWalking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

Here are a few close-ups of the border. Focusing on individual groupings allows you to see how different foliage and flower textures play with one another. We visited at the very end of July, but walking this border through the different months you will have a completely different experience of how all the plants play together.

Walking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

Walking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.comWalking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.comWalking the Lloyd Border at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

Another area of the farm to view the use of perennials is in the Moon Garden, featuring a collection of all white blooming plants. This border looked particularly breathtaking while on our walk with the moody overcast sky.

The white perennial border – Moon Garden - at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.comThe white perennial border – Moon Garden - at White Flower Farm – More at Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

I need to also share this photo of the amazing garden shed at White Flower Farm. Love the mix of the solid and vented portions, moss growing on the roof, tapering stone wall and the ferns nestled at the foundation. Garden Potting Shed at White Flower Farm – More at thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com

 

I cannot believe how much inspiration we found on this one trip to the East Coast. Still have all the gardens we visited with APLD to share, just need to find time to organize all the photos.