United States of America, Connecticut, New London, Old Lyme
Stutts Garden (Old Lyme, Connecticut)
This rural garden in Connecticut boasts of numerous varieties of ground cover plants and native plant material used in naturalistic informal plantings. The property posts many challenges for the gardener from dry shade to wet areas around the pond and lots of rocks. The pond was enlarged and edged with boulders to delineate it from the lawn by the current owner. Fill from the pond was then used for the barn and perennial gardens and raised beds for vegetables. A rock garden was also created, with several bluestone walks and steps added to the front and back of the house.
A mix of outdoor furniture was placed around the property, with two Adirondack chairs creating a seating area for the sunken perennial garden and one overlooking the pond. The patio has a mix of teak furniture and an antique metal bench overlooking the formal shade garden. Overall, the garden provides peace and privacy with the feeling of small rooms, the change of levels from one area to another, and the paths that go through the woodlands.
Persons associated with the garden include Priscilla and Charles Turnbull (former owners, 1970-1976); Elizabeth Hubbard (former owner, 1976-1991); and John David Helsel (gardener, 1995-2010).
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The New London Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of plans.
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