United States of America, Massachusetts, Berkshire County, Richmond
Old Fields (Richmond, Massachusetts)
The owners of Old Fields let serendipity guide their garden design. The dead and decaying trees from old apple orchards were removed from the property the spots where the trees once stood were marked and eventually converted to irregularly-shaped garden beds anchored by crabapples, cherries, and other flowering trees. An old Federal style house was enlarged and tall weeds were cleared from the thirteen acre property. Today the garden blooms for three seasons of the year, beginning with beds of tulips, narcissi and dwarf Dutch iris in the spring. Spring wild flowers bloom in the meadow that gives open space to the property. In the cutting garden rudbeckia, calendulas, loosestrife, zinnias and other colorful annuals and perennials bloom in summer. Large pots of herbs and annuals add color to the terrace next to the house.
Fifty trees have been planted at Old Fields over the years, including an early Red Jade crab apple that has grown to shade 18 feet.The remnants of old stone walls and rocky outcroppings have been incorporated into some of the flower beds. At the west end of the property there is a woodland garden with ferns, witch hazel, rhododendron and magnolias. A clipped lawn meanders between the beds with a path of stepping stones in the lawn. Mountains can be seen in the distance from Old Fields, and it is a popular garden for annual tours.
Persons associated with the garden include Samuel D. Groat (former owner, 1812-1832); Clara Beckley (former owner, beginning in 1832); Dougherty family members (former owners until 1953); Terry Hallock (former owner, 1953-1964); Awde family (former owners, 1964-1965); John Foster (property maintenance, 1960s); Matthew J. Tomiche (landscape architect,1960s); Dennis Mareb (landscape designer, 1960s); Marc Fadding (gardener, 1990 to present).
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