Laura Trowbridge

Laura Trowbridge

Laura Trowbridge is a garden designer who lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and works primarily on the gardens of historic homes. Her own extensive gardens, developed over the past 35 years, have been included in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. She gives lectures to garden clubs about how gardeners can incorporate more annuals and tropicals into their gardens. Her passion for annuals leads her to change her gardens significantly from year to year, and every spring she drives to nurseries all over New England to buy new and exotic plants. In August 2022, Laura and her husband hosted their son’s black-tie wedding in their gardens, less than a week before a Fine Gardening photo shoot.

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    How to Make Changes to an Overgrown Garden

    Twenty years ago, I began to create a long flower border against an old stone wall that runs along the west side of our 1760s Cape Cod–style house. Big skies,…

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    What Is Coppicing, and How Is It Done?

    Coppicing is an age-old practice in which a tree or shrub is cut to the ground or almost to the ground. This severe cutback stimulates the root system to produce…

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    How to Use Annuals in Your Garden

    Years ago, I created a long, deep perennial border that I could enjoy and critique from my kitchen window. I was happy with the size and shape of the bed,…