Located on four acres overlooking the magnificent Churchtown Dairy, the garden at Livingston House has been a labor of love for owner Deborah D’Arcy for over a decade. After caring for the beautiful, natural garden left by the previous owner, she engaged Peter Bevacqua in 2012 to imagine and design a new vision for what the garden could become. Together, they embraced their shared love of classic English gardens such as Great Dixter and Hidcote Manor—albeit on a much smaller scale!
The garden was laid out as a pattern of different rooms for the visitor to discover, each dedicated to a different concept and connected with pebbled paths lined with hydrangeas, navigated by a large wall of red tumbled brick. The generous raised-bed vegetable garden borders the small orchard of plums, apples, pears, and peaches and leads to an Italianate terrace planted with a wonderful weeping ginkgo, roses, lilacs, Clethra, and Buddleia. Here you can enjoy a view of the tennis court, lined with magnolias and arborvitaes, and an extensive field of wildflowers. Take the path back along the lawns, and the space around the pool takes you to a different place entirely. High grasses, cool limestone, potted citruses, and crisp green lawn evoke a deliberately contemporary space. From here you can disappear through a gate cut through towering Viburnum to the tree-filled field where the owners’ dogs run along paths and roll in the natural vegetation.
Open Days 2021: Sunday, August 15
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Members $5 per person; General admission $10. Children 12 and under free.