Today’s photos are from Michael Goltzman, who says, “These are photos of the gardens of Sharon and Rob Bennette in Millis, Massachusetts. I started helping them design and plant the garden in the early 1990s and it has continued to evolve until today. Rob and Sharon are entrepreneurs who have spent years redoing their home and gardens. Rob runs his business out of the small shed in the backyard.
The garden is a mix of conifers, Japanese maples, grasses, and perennials. More than a decade later, they rarely water the garden in the summer because everything is well established. Even though they are located in the Boston suburbs, their garden is located near the Charles River head waters and therefore has a somewhat warmer microclimate. The Bennettes enjoy their “estate” constantly, and Rob’s commute to the office is always a pleasant one. I hope you enjoy their garden.”
Your calm, green retreat is beautiful, and I envy all the rocks. Had to laugh reading about Rob's commute to work! What a daily blessing that must be.
Thanks for sharing these photos Michael. The estate looks wonderful! I especially enjoy the fountain and pond, a serene and beautiful place to relax. I had to laugh at your words " the small shed in the backyard," which do not conjure up in my mind the lovely little building in the gloriously landscaped setting!
Michelle - I had to search for this post - there was no email notification about it.
You know the funniest thing is that this was truly the shed originally where the lawnmower and other equipment lived. :) Thanks again for the nice comments.
From the glimpses that one can see, I would guess that much work has been done to redo the shed into a home office, similar to the work of redoing their backyard into a lovely estate garden.
Very beautiful and serene. The hardscaping and garden really complement each other. There is a simplicity that is so wonderful. My plant-addiction will not let me accomplish that sort of thing. Bravo.
Wonderful selection of pictures, Michael, that really communicate the quality essence of these delightful gardens. Your partnership with the owners, Sharon and Rob, has obviously been very successful. I love the generous use of blues and chartreusey tones...speaking of...that clump of Japanese Forest grass in the picture that has the metal piece is glorious.
Oh, and a question since it sounds like you have lots of experience...when is the best time to move a weeping Japanese maple?
@meander1:disqus, thank you to everyone for the nice comments. It was truly a labor of love for all of us. Regarding the question of moving Japanese maples, I always find the fall the best time because it's cool, and then the tree has long time to get established prior to the stress of leafing out in the spring and the summer heat. Ensuring good watering is always important, of course. Thanks again for the nice comments.
What an outstanding garden. Man, that umbrella pine rocks, one of the biggest I've seen - gives me much to look forward to with mine (only half the size at this time). Once again I can't help but get excited over the Japanese maples, my favorites. Isn't it great how amenable they are, even to repeated transplants? Just the best. Everything looks so healthy in this garden. Well done. Thanks for sharing.
Hello Michael ~ Thank you for the wonderful photos of the Bennette gardens. What a fantastic job you have done in creating such a serene setting. I would love to wander leisurely thru taking in every inch, it is truly lovely.
Oh, this is the garden I want when I grow up! How serene and beautiful. I love, love that pond and the conifers and the curves and ... well, I could go on and on.
Like a fine wine, this garden has gotten so much better with age. With this, it shows such peace and tranquility. Who wouldn't want to work from home in this case? I sure couldn't. Thank you Michael for sharing your beautiful and thoughtful vision of the Bennette Estate Gardens.
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