United States of America, Massachusetts, Worcester County, Grafton, North Grafton
Brigham Hill Farm (North Grafton, Massachusetts)
Brigham Hill Farm was established in 1975 on over 13 acres. the gardens are entered either through the granite slab driveway or down the bluestone walk. an herb garden near the kitchen includes boxwood hedges, water trough, and fountain. This garden is set off seasonally with potted herbs and flowers. A vegetable garden exists behind the house. The raised beds were made with Milford pink granite beds, which match the home's foundation. Just past the vegetable garden is a small space, Gertrude's Garden. A small fountain/bird bath and boxwood hedges surround a lawn. The perennial gardens consist of several island beds and borders . A circle of Malus "Sugar Tyme' crab apple trees is being trained to create a bower in the garden for a shady sitting area. The owners placed a small rustic arbor made from red cedar cut for the property. A moon garden is located in a corner with white-flowering and silver foliaged plants. The water/wild garden begins past the pool area with a series of ponds and waterfalls cut into the native granite outcropping that provide water for plant and animal life. A small semi-circular council ring allows a seating area. Other garden features include several cut flower beds, small fruit beds, a chicken house with green roof, and shrub borders.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Jim Foster (landscape architect, 1993); Warren Leach (landscape architect, 1997-present); John Carlson (gardener, 1993-present); Jim Bengtson (stone mason, 1997-present); John Mapel (horticulturist, 2002-2007); Burnham Maintenance (lawn care, 1991-2007); and Bartlett Tree Experts (tree care, 1993-2007).
The folder includes a work sheet, site plans, plant list, invoices, and copies of articles.
Garden was featured in Ann Wilson, "Remaking History," in Garden, Deck, and Landscape, Spring, 2007, pp. 72-81, in Daisy Wiggins, "Herbal Essence: Grafton Gardens a Source of Inspiration," in Worcester, Fall 2005, p. 59-60, in Robin Eiktberg, Editor, "Herbs Go Hollywood: Herb Gardens Star in Victory Garden TV Show," in The Herb Society of America Newsletter, Volume 7, Issue 4, Winter 2003. p. 5, in Jennifer Lord Paluzzi, "Grafton History in Flower: Residents Open up Historic Gardens for Enjoyment," Graftontimes.com (June 2011), and in Carol Stocker, "A Green Evolution," Boston Globe (2011)