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Dale’s Greenhouse and Garden

A gorgeous greenhouse and a garden to live up to it

greenhouse with sunflower design on front gable

Welcome to Dale Coulter’s garden in Sutton, Massachusetts.

I have always wanted a greenhouse to be my next gardening challenge. I have been an avid gardener for years, starting simply after going on a garden tour with a friend. Then, over the years, my “I can do that” brain took over. I have multiple garden areas (which I have given names so my hubby can find me!), including the sundial garden, where the greenhouse is located; the water garden; the hosta and heart garden; and the daylily garden. I don’t consider myself a master gardener but one who gardens by intuition. I enjoy encouraging new gardeners to take that leap of faith.

The greenhouse is constructed of reclaimed windows and a stained-glass transom. The gable end is made of cut steel I designed, cut, and then painted. The entire project was amazing, from the donations—windows, reclaimed pavers for the floor—and prompt expert services from the water jet steel cutter and, most importantly, my brilliant carpenter husband! I named it “The Grateful Greenhouse.”

big summer plants in bloom leading to greenhouseThe Grateful Greenhouse sits in a garden filled with flowers. Dominating in this photo are the native plants: black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8), and garden phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8).

greenhouse with sunflower design on front gableHow beautiful is this greenhouse? And it is amazing that so much of it is from donations and reclaimed materials.

view of inside the greenhouseI’ve never seen a greenhouse with a chandelier in it before!

plants in pots inside the greenhouseInside, the plants are beautifully displayed on benches, and even an old stepladder is used as a plant stand.

greenhouse lit up at nightThe incredible gable end, which Dale designed

pink and yellow flowers in front of garden pergolasMore big masses of black-eyes Susans and garden phlox, both beautiful and much loved by native pollinators

wide view of garden full of plants in bloomA wide view shows just how much is going on in this garden!

orange and purple lily bloomsThese stunning Asiatic lilies (Lilium hybrid, Asiatic group, Zones 4–9) have the most incredible flower colors and patterns of the genus.

massive vine over a garden gateAn enormous trumpet vine (Campsis radicans, Zones 4–9) arches over a gate. Trumpet vines are native to eastern North America, and the flowers are much loved by hummingbirds.

lots of flowering potted plants on a patioAn explosion of color from potted annuals

lots of different hostas in a shade gardenIn the shade, the garden beauty continues, shifting to the rich greens and variegated patterns of hostas (Hosta hybrids, Zones 3–9).


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  1. garden1953 09/20/2021

    Amazing! Incredible! Gorgeous! Wow!

  2. jagardener 09/20/2021

    I love the results of your I can do that brain. Creative and stunning

  3. gardendevas 09/20/2021

    Glorious greenhouse - and gardens!

  4. Joycelaubach 09/20/2021

    I'm speechless...where to start in admiring all the accomplishments... So picture perfect, from the greenhouse design, its contents and then also the surrounding garden. It's like a dream. Congratulations, Dale, and thank you so much for sharing. (even though you've made me soooo envious :)!)

  5. btucker9675 09/20/2021

    Can't even begin... everything about this greenhouse and garden are BEYOND gorgeous!!! You and your husband are incredibly creative and talented. Thank you so much for sharing this beauty with us.

  6. nwphilagardener 09/20/2021

    EXCEPTIONAL, Dale! That's what I have to say about that Grateful Greenhouse, especially the gable end cut steel design that the night photo shows off so brilliantly. I'm grateful you sent in these exceptionally well composed photographs that illustrate your description of what surely is a garden so many of would like to visit. (Even if virtually, I hope you show us more of your garden with another GPOD photo series]. KUDOS!!!

  7. user-7645917 09/20/2021

    Wow! That is the most beautiful greenhouse I have ever seen! Absolutely gorgeous!

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    treasuresmom 09/20/2021

    It is amazing! But tell me how you get those hostas to be so big. Mine are puny after being in the ground for 3 years.

  9. user-5117752 09/20/2021

    Well, I say ditto to what everyone else has said. I adored the previous posting of a stained glass greenhouse and now here comes yours! I refuse to choose!!! You've brought us all a fabulous vision and that's all that matters!!!

  10. cheryl_c 09/20/2021

    Totally awesome as a younger generation would say! Dale, I not only love your creativity with the greenhouse, but also the abundance of your plantings, and the exception use of natives! And, I agree that we need to see more of your fabulous photos!

  11. Cenepk10 09/20/2021

    In love with EVERYTHING

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    simplesue 09/20/2021

    Your garden has it ALL!
    Wow! Super amazing!
    Just lov'n it all!

  14. Patchworkgardener 09/20/2021

    That greenhouse is gorgeous, and I love that you named it. When I first saw it I thought the gable was a piece of stain glass. How large is your garden…it looks enormous. I don’t know a single Master Gardener with a spread like this…Kudos to you! I agree with the others….PLEASE, send more pics.

  15. Maggieat11 09/20/2021

    Absolutely Fabulous! So creative, so attention-grabbing!!Looks like a perfect place for a tour. Would love to see more photos!🍃✨🍃

  16. Musette1 09/20/2021

    Your garden, your greenhouse - every bit of it is stunning! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  17. nicki_s 09/20/2021

    Your intuition is flawless - what a stunning garden! It must make you very happy.

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    pattyeckels 09/20/2021

    OMG!OMG!OMG! As I looked at each picture that is what I exclaimed! Whew! Gorgeous! You should be soooo proud!

  19. foxglove12 09/20/2021

    WOW! What a truly fabulous grateful greenhouse. Thanks so much for sharing. You are an inspiration. Your garden is beautiful!

  20. bsavage 09/21/2021

    So beautiful! Truly. That greenhouse and you gardens are just amazing!

  21. carolineyoungwilliams 09/21/2021

    Thank you for sharing your stunning garden Dale. I love everything about it, especially your choice of plants and colors....keep up the great work and please continue to share.

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