Digging Deeper: Beauty All Around You—Lush, Low-Maintenance Gardens at Any Scale

Digging Deeper: Beauty All Around You—Lush, Low-Maintenance Gardens at Any Scale

Photo by Eileen Oktavec

Evergreen

Sat, Jun 6, 2020
4:00 PM

Evergreen is an idealized woodland. This lush landscape delights in every season and feels like an expansive and immaculately tended estate. In truth, it is a one-acre site created with the cost- and time-saving techniques that landscape architect, author, and teacher Robert Gillmore has spent his career perfecting. In an informal master class, Bob will share ideas that you can apply to similar effect in gardens elsewhere. Follow the poet Alexander Pope’s advice to “Consult the genius of the place in all,” finding ways to showcase whatever nature provides – mature trees, ponds, ledges, or views. Key features like these are free.

Create season-long color with a sequence of low-maintenance flowering trees and shrubs as well as colorful or evergreen foliage instead of annuals and perennials. Use high-maintenance lawn only where a soft, walkable surface is needed, otherwise he selects trees, shrubs, and other groundcovers. Create estate-like privacy with natural-looking berms planted with sweeps of evergreen shrubs. If you have trees, make a low-maintenance woodland garden. They are automatically mulched and fertilized by fallen leaves and needles. The natural mulch and tree shade suppress weeds and keep the soil moist. Make careful choices about infrastructure. Wooden decks decay but stone or gravel terraces last indefinitely. Expensive stone walls are seldom needed as steep slopes can be economically stabilized with plants. Learn more in Bob’s books, The Woodland Garden and Beauty All Around You.

Evergreen is also open on this date to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is free.

Location
Evergreen
42 Summer Street
Goffstown, NH  03045

Date and time
Saturday, June 6, 2020
4:00 p.m.

Registration
$30 Garden Conservancy and Friends of Evergreen members
$40 General admission

For more information, call the Garden Conservancy Open Days toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1.888.842.2442, or via email at opendays@gardenconservancy.org.

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