GARDEN TOURS: Contemporary Farmhouse Garden in Acton, MA

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GARDEN TOURS: Contemporary Farmhouse Garden in Acton, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Here is the first garden tour from the APLD Boston Conference. I shared more details about the conference in a previous blog, so if you want more information on the event you can read HERE.  The gardens on the tour are selected from local APLD members and include a variety of styles, sizes and types.  I am not sharing these in the same order we toured, more just the order I had them edited.

 

Contemporary Farmhouse Garden in Acton, MA.

Landscape Design: Offshoots and Marc Hall Design

Maintenance: Garden Concierge

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This garden showcases how edibles and a productive garden can be functional and highly designed as a formal garden. The greenhouse, potager and edibles through out this property are a continuation of the contemporary farmhouse. The classical edible garden elements are present in the garden, but designed using contemporary elements and restraint.

 

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

A wall is created around the raised vegetable garden boxes with espaliered pears and a streamlined pergola. Even the underplantings are edible.

 

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Another feature this property is the use of natural stone in a variety of methods and types. This outdoor grill features stacked thick cut stone with garden paths use natural shaped stones.

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Again natural stones are mixed to add interest with bluestone paving and pea gravel.

 

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Natural elements are repeated in the different areas, with every detail designed down to the square edging around the orchard.

 

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The view of the back of the house. This showcases the number of folks on the tours, yet in my photos I am able to get with as few obstructions.

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This hardscape area is a favorite for the mix of stone shapes and the transition into the turf. You can see the stone grill in the background and the perennials around the house.

 

Keep checking back as I post more tours from Boston.

 

How to Train an Espalier

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Over the pas few years, we have planted our share of espaliers trees. For our projects, I prefer to use established trees, with about 18-24 inch root balls. This gives us a tree that is already established in its form, still allows us to plant close to a wall and provides the client with instant gratification of an established tree at a good value.  This does not take out the continued work of training and maintaining the tree’s form, which is way we are very particular with the tools and method we used for installing the trees.

How to Train an Espalier, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

I wrote an article awhile back for Garden Design Magazine online about the forms, tree varieties and how to maintain an espalier (see article HERE), but never shared how we plant the trees. In this example, we planted a pair of classic Palmette Verrier or candelabra along a brick garage wall. We plan on these trees to mature at 10 feet (to match the height of the windows) over the next 3 years. After that will will maintain at that height.  For this application, we provided vertical guidelines along the brick wall that the tree will be trained. If you were doing a horizontal T espalier,  you would use the same process just running the guide lines along the horizontal branches.

How to Train an Espalier, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Here are the specific tools and detailed shots of how we run the lines for the trees. I have a lot more detailed images if you are interested

 

 How to Train an Espalier, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

*NOTE: Depending on the wall we are supporting the espalier against, we also use masonry anchors for the eye bolts. I have not included photos of the anchors, but generally we use these redheads.  Below is the specific sizing of eye bolts, cabling, etc. with links to the actual products.

How to Train an Espalier, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Sources for tools:

 

I hope this provided you with all the specific details that normally help me when tackling a project, but if you have any other specific questions just let me know.