West Cornwall, CT
|Roxana Robinson - Treetop is also hosting a Digging Deeper on this date: The Garden and the Wilderness|
On the grounds of a family Arts and Crafts house built in 1928 is an idiosyncratic hillside garden incorporating granite ledge, steep ravines, placid greensward, and a wooded slope leading down to a lake. The gardens themselves are separated into two areas. First the well-mannered, level terrain of "Sissinghurst," with a decorous palette of blues, pinks, silvers, and purples, stone paths, and emerald lawn. Then "Margaritaville," a wild and rocky ravine with a riot of giant ferns, orange tithonia, scarlet crocosmia, red salvias, and orange asclepias. Around the gardens are deep woods full of ferns and birches; within the garden is a small homemade frog pond. Here nature plays a larger part than nurture. At the front of the house is a fine view of the lake. The owner's grandfather was a nature writer, her parents were bird-watchers, and the owner writes about the natural world in her novels. The gardens are an attempt to make peace between the wild and the domestic, a response to the powerful surrounding landscape of dense woodlands, steep hillsides, boulders, and ravines.
Open Days 2023: Saturday, August 19
Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- This garden allows photography
- Partial wheelchair access
West Cornwall, Litchfield County, CT, 06796