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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.