The Garden Tour - C - The beginning

The beginning…

The last of the grass and sod was removed from the front area of the Caretaker’s Cottage in October, 2006 ce. The gardens were finally ‘in place’ after more than twelve years of digging (all by hand). They remain a work of in progress and are a labor of love.2011.10.08.tour01

This is the view taken from the Northwest corner of our property, looking across the driveway to the southeast. The ‘infamous’ portable toilet sits to the right of the classroom entry. Two paths lead into the gardens from the driveway.
Not visible at the left is the ‘apple bed’ – an open square in the pavement with an apple tree; and the North Fernery, which is along the north side of the classroom.

2011.10.08.tour02This path leads south into the Treewalk Garden. All of these trees were planted by Rev. Gerry in his first years here.

2011.10.08.tour03The main path begins by passing through a wrought iron arch. At the left are the Cottage Beds, at the right is the Treewalk Garden.
Not visible, south of the Treewalk Garden is the area known as Quince Corner.

2011.10.08.tour04Turning left at the propane tank, you walk between the Cottage Bed and the South Border Bed (which is along the right). Noteworthy are the two oaks, the one nearest the gate a scarlet oak, known to the gardeners as ‘Miss Scarlet.’

The only true way to experience Hermit's Grove is to walk the paths and the separate gardens. Click on any photo in these pages to see it full size!

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