United States of America, Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Scituate
Seaside Garden (Scituate, Massachusetts)
Seaside Gardens has a 180-degree harbor view but the location presents gardening challenges: fierce nor'easter winds in the winter, hot sun in the summer, and salt-laden winds year round. Although the one and four-tenths acre property has been inhabited since the house was built in 1858, the gardens were installed in the 1940s, modified in 1995 when stone walls, a brick terrace and extensive plantings were added. Some of the plants that thrive in this location include hydrangea, juniper, elderberry, rosa rugosa, bayberry, pines, fairy roses, blue spruce, hosta and bulbs. There are no tall trees except an ancient wild cherry that has persisted, a tamarisk planted in the 1940s, and some taller pines that act as windbreaks. The swimming pool is sunken behind stone walls that protect the surrounding flower borders. Additional borders are planted in spring bulbs, flowering shrubs including climbing hydrangea and spirea, summer roses and perennials. The harbor retains heat in the fall, extending the season for late bloomers including asters, dahlias and more hydrangeas.
Persons associated with the garden include: Gladys and George Michaud (former owners, 1945-1977); Donald Wyman (garden designer, 1945-1946); Ron Boucher Associates (garden designer, 1995).
The folder includes worksheets, planting list, garden features plan and garden planting plan.