Garden Tour: Juniper Hill Farm

Last Saturday, I had a few spare moments to dash out and enjoy one garden on The Garden Conservancy's Open Garden Days in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. The Garden Conservancy, whose goal is to "save and share outstanding American gardens" hosts these Open Garden Days all over the country. Check out their website here to find a day near you!

Since I only had time to visit one of the day's gardens, I chose to go to Juniper Hill Farm in the neighboring town of Francestown. I visited here a year or two ago, but the gardens of Joseph Valentine are so incomparable that I just had to return and see them anew. I'm completely in awe of how he and his wife have created multiple "rooms" on their 2-acre garden plot. This time my attention was turned to how they created each one...the hedges, the fences, the "entries" or "thresholds" to the "rooms", the lines of the garden. All these captivated me this the pool and the ferns, which looked very cool and refreshing on a hot, summer day.

Here we are about to begin. Do you see the threshold? The doorposts? Don't you just yearn to cross it and see what is beyond? 

Crossing the threshold, you must choose to go left or right, and I chose to go left and a quick right, which brought me here. Look! Another "doorway" in the distance!

But I saved that discovery for later, and I turned into the potager on the left. Here we're looking back through the kitchen garden at those towering hedges.

I love how the fences of the potager are constructed from espaliered apple trees.

Exiting the kitchen garden, I walked through that hedge doorway (previously seen) and around to the pool. Here you can see we are on the other side of the hedge from where we began our tour. And look how the hedge echoes the lines of the garden bench sitting in front of it.

I wandered into the pool house and admired the view back from where I had come...of the stumpery.

Leaving the pool area and wandering closer towards the house...

The lines of boxwood...the gravel path...all calling one onward to new discoveries!

Always something here or there to catch your eye or lead it from one place to another...

I was so busy studying the design of it all, that at times I had to remember to admire the plants too. Just look at all the colors and textures!

One last pass by the pool...

A glimpse at the meadows beyond...

Do please check out The Garden Conservancy's website and consider supporting them by touring some gardens in your neck of the woods! It's a beautiful way to spend an afternoon!

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