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Teresa’s Garden and Arboretum Visit

Visiting Blithewold in Rhode Island

Bears breeches
Bear's breeches

Yesterday Teresa Watkins, who gardens in steamy Zone 9b, shared her visit with her husband’s family in Massachusetts. Today she’s still touring up north, sharing these gorgeous images from her visit to the Blithewold Garden and Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island.

garden moon gateThe round entryway known as a moon gate is a traditional element of Chinese gardens. Here, that feature is beautifully reimagined into a New England version.

walkway flanked by two perennial bordersA long walkway flanked by two perennial borders is overflowing with flowers.

garden bed with pink roses and purple petuniasHere is a closer view of one of those borders, with tall roses and lilies in the back and shorter perennials in the front. A container of purple petunias (Petunia hybrid, annual) anchor the front corner.

garden with two chairs tucked away in a cornerCareful use of layers—from tall trees to shrubs down to smaller perennials—enclose this space, while comfortable chairs and neatly mown lawns invite you to either sit or stroll to enjoy the garden.

landscape with lots of different treesThe TREES! There is nothing like huge, beautiful specimen trees. The simple grass around these emphasizes their majesty.

large weeping hemlockThis is a spectacularly huge specimen of weeping hemlock (Tsuga canadensis, Zones 3–7). Although hemlock is normally a tall forest tree, weeping versions of this species are always beautiful and just get better and better with age.

trunk of large weeping hemlockStepping under the canopy of that same hemlock reveals the incredible sculptural form of the branches and trunk.

butterburThe huge leaves of butterbur (Petasites japonicus, Zones 5–9) create a tropical effect in a not-very-tropical climate. This plant can spread vigorously, especially in wet areas, so plant with care in small gardens.

small lotus growing in a containerA miniature lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) grows in a small pot. Even without flowers, the beautiful leaves make a wonderful statement. Though hardy to Zone 4 when growing in larger ponds, this small container will need to move out of the cold for the winter.

shady seating area surrounded by potted plantsElements of this scene can translate to even the smallest home garden—a shady seating area, and the effect of a garden bed created by massing together tropicals and annuals grown in pots.

white foxgloveA pure white foxglove (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 4–9) is backed by the cut, gold foliage of Tiger Eyes sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’, Zones 4–8).

Bears breechesBear’s breeches (Acanthus mollis, Zones 6–10) bloom against a stone wall.

gardens at BlithewoldAnd here’s one last view of the beautiful gardens at Blithewold. What a magical place!


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    treasuresmom 07/28/2021

    Thanks for sharing. Love that hemlock, don't you?

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    simplesue 07/28/2021

    Wow, beautiful photography and wonderful garden!
    I love the stone "moon gate", so rustic and magical like a portal to a magical garden!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    simplesue 07/28/2021

    ps...and the white Foxglove photo is amazing photography!

  4. btucker9675 07/28/2021

    That hemlock, that moon gate - what an absolutely beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing with us!

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