United States of America, Connecticut, Litchfield County, Washington
Brush Hill Gardens (Washington, Connecticut)
Brush Hill Gardens have been evolving since 1971, the year when the owners first acquired and began to restore the 18th century farmhouse and barn. The garden began in the space defined by old stone walls between the house and barn and has been expanding ever since. Visitors enter the more formal part of the garden from the east through the garden gate next to an old Lord and Burnham greenhouse moved to the site from Pennsylvania. The first area is a moon garden, featuring a fountain and planted for foliage and texture in yellows and purples. Next, a rose walk of old shrub roses and climbers supported by a cedar-post arbor connects the house to the garden shed. Further along, the original garden space includes herbaceous borders, a peony border planted for spring interest with two "tors" that support clematis and other climbing vines (as well as two sprinkler heads), and a wheelbarrow garden planted for later season interest. To the west, the terraced serpentine garden, supported by stone walls, is planted in hot colors around a garden folly. Up the hill, the woodland arch leads to a developing woodland garden of rhododendrons, shade plants, and 14 cascading pools adorned with two bridges, one bright blue and the other yellow, where also lurks a grotto-like sculpted figure of Persephone by Simon Verity. The north-facing front of the house overlooks a pond created from an abandoned gravel quarry with its white wisteria-draped turquoise bridge. A separate well house in the field provides an additional water feature and a place to sit to survey the scene.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: Mary Ann Dayton (former owner, before 1883); Julius E. Clark (former owner, 1883-1892); Edward J. Thayer (former owner, 1892-1918); Elizabeth Barrett (former owner, 1918-1947); Hildegarde Shaw (former owner, 1947-1964); Lloyd Parker (former owner, 1964-1971); Harold Calverly (landscape designer, 1979); Wallace Gray (landscape designer, 1990); Wes Rouse (consultant, ongoing); Scott Loomis (gardener, ongoing); Steve Tabacinski (gardener, ongoing); and Gary Keim (horticulturist, ongoing).
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, and a bibliography of articles and book references about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Rosemary Verey, Secret Gardens Revealed by Their Owners (Boston: Little Brown, 1994), pp. 158-160
Garden has been featured in Maggie Oster, The Rose Book (Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1994), p. 54
Garden has been featured in Theodore James, Jr., Country Gardening: Design Ideas and a Practical Guide (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), pp. 29, 31, 40-41, 57, and 67