Real World Gardener Part 3 of Designing A Garden in New York State in Design Elements

September 13th, 2015

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Talking with Landscape Designer Glenice Buck. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been taken on a journey to just outside a little hamlet called Germantown, about 2 and 1/2 hours drive from New York City.

We’re surrounded by mountains in the distance,the Catskill Mountains to the west and the Berkshire's Mountains to the east. So far, the Northern Hemisphere trees have been identified with the help of a local arborist, and some shrewd detective work on Glenice’s part.

Central garden area. Photo Glenice Buck

The barn on the property is now the residence. Outside the back door of the barn there is a stone patio area then a grassed area with a few mature trees; two old Gleditsia, stone fruit, a Magnolia, Lilacsm Pin Oak, White Oak and Shaggy Barked Hickories.

Looking towards the north point. Photo Glenice Buck

So what next in this design series?

After being there for a week, Glenice had a clear idea of how she wanted to define the areas and also the order in which these needed to be built.

By chance the property was in the shape of a boomerang which is quite serendipitous because it now is in the hands of Australians.

Looking through the trees at the south point. Photo Glenice Buck

Nonetheless, there were still no requests for gum trees of banksias or wattles, but instead using the native vegetation and the idea of creating 3 zones.

Plus, all the things that a lot of gardeners really want, like the veggie garden, compost bin and play areas for the kids and if you have the space a fruit orchard.

They also wanted to attract bees, birds and butterflies to their garden. What real gardener doesn't?

Of the zones, the north point became the arboretum or orchard area and the south point became the woodland that surrounded the pond. Mulched pathways were introduced to lead you through the existing trees. Underplanting was with Trilliums, Toad Lilies, Brunnera, Ferns, Viola, Polygonatum and Pulmonaria.

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