United States of America, Connecticut, Hartford County, South Windsor, East Windsor Hill Historic District
East Windsor Hill
Porter Gardens (East Windsor Hill, Connecticut)
The Porter Gardens have four primary spaces covering much of the property's 4.5 acres: the south lawn, the pool area, the north lawn with espaliered apples, and the rose garden. Major plantings also include the foundation of the house on all sides and other transitional and peripheral spaces. The garden has been created primarily since 1986, inspired by garden design worldwide and by a love of individual plants. This plant collector's garden is unified by thematic elements including spaces defined by hedges and fences and connected by gates and arches. Another element is colored foliage, especially yellow and variegated hues, with reds playing a second note. Birds and bees are given their due with welcoming houses and feeders. Finally, the view west across the agricultural fields of the Connecticut River floodplain provides these gardens with a remarkably rural flavor.
Persons associated with the garden include Mary Edwards (landscape architect, 1980s-1990s); Jackie Lloyd (landscape designer, 1990); and Bill F. Turull (nurseryman, 1986 to date).
The folder includes worksheets; site plans (one with a plant list); detailed information about the garden and the property's history; a plant list; and additional information.