The Challenge: This 3.5-acre fenced estate was established in the 1930’s. The extensive grounds include a 10,000 sq. ft. Yew maze, a 9,600 sq. ft. a perennial garden that served as a vegetable garden in the 30’s, a large concrete fountain, very majestic old Eastern Hemlocks and other ornamental gardens and turf areas around the main and guest residences.
Our goal is to perform the majority of required garden services prior to July and August when the family is enjoying the home during the summer season. We must also inject the massive Hemlocks each year to protect them from Woolly Adelgid.
Solution: After having managed this garden for over seven years we have a good system which allows us to get most of the services completed before or after the family visits.
In the Spring we replant the herb garden immediately adjacent to the kitchen so the client can sprinkle fresh dill or basil on the trout he brings back from fly fishing. We also add to the existing perennials gardens with the clients’ favorite varieties. At this time we also apply pre-emergent to the planting beds and apply fertilizer.
The summer mainly consists of minor pruning and spot spraying of Roundup throughout the Gardens.
In the fall, we prune all the perennial gardens down and perform any corrective pruning on the ornamental trees, shrubs and literally hundreds of Rhododendrons covering the walkways. At this time we also use our 8 HP walk behind blower to remove millions of leaves and White Pine Needles that have fallen on the drive, turf, and walkways from the Beeches.
A favorite garden of ours, because we feel we are working in paradise and the only sounds you hear are the nearby river and the wind chasing through the leaves in the forest.
Project: The Meyer Residence
Challenge: To create a garden that softens the appearance of the residence which appears perched atop a gentle rising pasture. The client wanted to develop an almost more like an appearance of this property which included a transitional zone from moor to a loose structured front garden. As with most projects in Northeast Pa, roaming herds of deer limited plant material choices.
Solution: On the abrupt 20′ South facing rise from the pasture to the home we decided a mass planting of ornamental grasses with a few key large specimen trees would create a great transition zone and soften the elevated front porch of the home.
The second phase of the garden would be to create a more structured garden to hide the bottom of the raised porch, add a walkway to the front door while adding color through careful selection of plant material.
To provide year-round softening of the residence we used several Columnar Blue Spruce which allowed us to place them near the residence without fear of them growing into the home in years to come. We also used several unique plants such as a 20′ tall Weeping Purple Beech and a similar sized Weeping Alaskan Cedar.
To soften the many large boulders lining the walkway, which were designed to also act as benches, we used Catmint, Lavender and compact ornamental grasses. The last part of the front gardens was to add a low voltage lighting system to accent the key plants and to add a glow to the abundance of ornamental grasses.