The Painted Garden offers year-round color and fragrance in a diversity of plantings. Tall bordering cedars and pines frame the garden. Specimen trees provide focal points in the landscape. Paths lead to ‘rooms’ throughout: the shade, fruit and meditation gardens, a woodland grove, and perennial flower bed.
The garden is an ecosystem of trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials and wildlife. This pesticide-free zone provides habitat for tree frogs, bees and other beneficial insects, while trees and understory provide a nesting environment for birds.
The seasonal interplay between plant contour, hue and texture and the structural elements of arbor, trellis, and pathways are uniquely beautiful.
Late-winter blooming heathers, fragrant witch hazel and Pink Dawn viburnum lead to spring flowering magnolia, forsythia, wisteria, and lilac. Then to summer lavender, dahlia, hydrangea and rose. Fruit abounds: rhubarb, blueberries and plum. In autumn, the garden’s falling crimson, copper, and chartreuse foliage contrasts with the geometries of house, deck and fence.
In the spring and fall seasons, plant divisions, starts, tubers and extra plants are shared with the neighborhood and greater gardening community. The garden has hosted Master Gardener-sponsored garden tours, and neighborhood meetings and socials.
There are many places to stop and sit in the light, color and scent of nature. Clematis, vining roses and honeysuckle climb the house and cottage. Sculpture, glass art and a fairy house live in the garden.
Soaker hoses are the principal watering method. A passive compost pile rests in a shaded area in back of the garden. There are absolutely no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers used in the garden. There are birdbaths throughout the garden. Diversity of flowers attract hummingbirds.