United States of America, Massachusetts, Norfolk County, Milton
McLoughlin Garden (Milton, Massachusetts)
This vernacular garden puts forth a spectacular year-round floral display on one of the busiest streets in Milton, Massachusetts. Light poles, heavy traffic, and nearby liquor stores and dry cleaners have not discouraged the owner from developing a vibrant garden, nor has the challenge of a radically steep site, rising 19 vertical feet, been a deterrent. To make the steeply rising floral display more striking, the crest of the hill has been planted with hemlocks to accentuate the height of the planting. The evergreens also screen the house from the street below, providing privacy for the homeowner. The garden demonstrates the owner's instinctive sense for the colors and textures of plants. Pastels, soft yellows, and lavenders predominate. It is a perennial garden with mixed shrubs and flowering trees. In the early spring creeping phlox, candytuft, and bulbs herald the season. The winter garden holds its own interest as cut stalks, reddish barks, and the red leaves of azalea are interspersed with patches of snow. A delightful public garden in all seasons, this vertical garden inspires Milton residents to drive out of their way to see what's blooming.
Persons associated with the property include: the Redington family (former owners, 1910-1959).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plan, and partial plant list.