United States of America, Maryland, Baltimore, Reisterstown
Dinesti (Reisterstown, Maryland)
2004, 2007-2014, 2016
The Dinesti garden comprises 14 acres of which four acres are landscaped, ten acres are woodlands, and 1,000 square feet are fenced for growing vegetables, herbs and fruit. The large vegetable garden and pathways were added by the owners after 2003 to the already established landscape. Mature flowering trees and shrubs, some of which produce fruit for the owners and wildlife, shade expansive lawns. Varieties that add fall and winter color have been planted, including smoke bush, weeping spruce and Japanese red pine, and some older diseased trees have been replaced. There is a curving swimming pool with a curvy wooden retaining wall with a nearby stand of ornamental grasses to add movement. Brightly colored pool furniture, Adirondack chairs and whimsical garden art add spots of color in addition to the deeply planted beds of perennials, one sunny and one shady with native plants. Fragrant herbs and ornamentals are grown next to the screened porch and patio to add scent outside the house. Beds of daffodils along the driveway and throughout the garden provide spring color, followed by the flowering trees, spring and summer perennials, fall color from the trees and shrubs, and interesting shapes from evergreens in winter.
Persons associated with the garden include Joanne H. Diamond and Frank Pronesti (owners, 2003-present) and James & Virginia Potter (former owners, 1981-2003).