So Many Gardens To Explore!
Gary and Lois began creating their gardens back in 1992 when they built their new home on a one acre wooded lot. Lois may not want to admit it, however she started Gary’s hosta addiction by purchasing him a H. ventricosa and H. albomarginata. These simple plants started in a single garden and over the years helped create 21 separate gardens on the property. A majority of the gardens are shaded by tall oak and maple trees with an abundance of native dogwood hiding under them.
Visitors notice the gardens immediately as they drive up to the property. The gardens line the road and both sides of the driveway and open up into larger gardens by the house. The house is elevated above the road creating terraces and hillsides for the growing gardens. Paths on both sides of the house lead visitors to the backyard and through various gardens.
Going left you will walk past a hillside with mass plantings of ventricosa and albomarginata. There is a wooden arch hidden under a huge Japanese maple that Gary built several years ago that opens up into the backyard.
The gardens are everywhere, lining the deck and property line. The koi pond in the middle of the yard has a variety of pond plants, islands of floating hostas and a large red weeping Japanese maple that helps add character. Just past the pond you will find the first garden Gary built. It is easy to see with a huge metal bottle tree covered in 81 blue wine bottles. The large mature hostas surrounding it also help visitors realize this garden has been around for many years.
Looking just past the bottle tree garden you will see the land begins to slope down and is covered in huge 3ft diameter leaves of Petasites (Butterbur). To the other side of the bottle tree garden the land slopes up and has winding trails creating smaller gardens of hostas and companion plants. As Gary and Lois found more plants they liked, the number of small gardens and paths increased.
Throughout the gardens you will find garden art that helps breakup all the foliage of the various plants and gardens. Lois has influenced a lot of the art within the gardens with various blue ceramic pots, vases and orbs. A couple sitting areas for visitors to sit and rest are stationed in prime locations to enjoy the gardens.