United States of America, Massachusetts, Berkshire, Sheffield
Good Dogs Farm (Sheffield, Massachusetts)
Good Dogs Farm was intended to be a weekend retreat for the current owner, a former resident of and screenwriter from California, when she moved there in 1996 but became a year-round residence. It is comprised of an eight acre farm and an 1811 farmhouse set in the sandy loam of the Housatonic River bottom. The garden has evolved from a display of bright flowers to feature the varied textures and colors of the foliage of trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and perennials with more subtle blooms. Low maintenance plants are preferred, particularly mulched beds of shrubs that do not need staking or weeding. Grassy paths wind between garden beds and circular seating areas. Rusticated features include wood fences, a tree house folly, outdoor furniture and an old shed that was moved to the property. Low stone walls and boxwood hedges serve as borders for garden beds and along the driveway and a stepping stone path leads to the house. A summer sleeping house was built using salvaged windows and doors from a garage sale, and a greenhouse extends the short Massachusetts growing season.
Other garden areas include a vegetable and herb kitchen garden sited near the old barn at the entrance to the farm and an circular orchard of fruit trees planted as a memorial to the owner's mother. An outdoor bake house, outdoor shower and the summer sleeping house facilitate the owner's preference for outdoor living in season.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mrs. Vladimir Horowitz (former owner, 1990s); Ned Doyle (plantsman, 1990s); Aiden Cassidy (garden designer, 1990s); Maria Nation (garden designer, 1996-).
The folder includes worksheets and an article.
Garden has been featured in" Great Gardens of the Berkshires" by Virginia Small, Down East publications, 2008
Garden has been featured in "Private Edens" by Jack Staub, 2013
Garden has been featured in "Berkshire Living" magazine, June 2006 and August 2007
Garden has been featured in "The Litchfield County Times" monthly, July 2006
Garden has been featured in "O at Home", Fall 2007
Garden has been featured in "A Garden is Really an Expression of Your Life" by Tom Christopher, published in "Cottage Living" magazine, July/August 2008