It had always been Andrea’s (Ea’s) dream to have a suburban house with a lawn and gardens. That came true in 2004 when we purchased this 1946 cape. The house needed updating, but the property needed just as much or more. It was dominated by enormous, looming Norway maples and spruce, spongy moss, and rampant bramble. Our lot was a postage stamp, devoid of any garden beds, specimen trees, or thoughtful landscaping. Soon that would change dramatically.
A neighbor introduced us to Joan McGillicuddy, a local landscape designer. Her business name was The Surrogate Gardener. Joan’s vision and ours slowly emerged. Fencing and undulating garden beds began to define the perimeter in the front and back. Existing dogwoods were preserved. Large old trees were taken down, replaced by specimen trees. Additional garden beds evolved. The only non-plant structure added was a tool shed on the southwest border and a bluestone patio off the existing deck.
Stroll the grounds and you will notice a wonderful profusion of plants, trees and shrubs which give beauty and pleasure in all seasons look for: a contorted cherry tree, leyland cypress, azalea, hydrangea, crab apple, conifers, lilac, river birch, redbud, skip laurel, butterfly bushes, Japanese anemone, nepeta, quince, smoke bush, spirea, crepe myrtle, Japanese maple, viburnum, magnolia, cryptomeria, a sango kaku tree, a katsura tree, and a weeping cherry tree.
From inside, windows frame the ever changing landscape giving us much pleasure and satisfaction at every time of year.
Ea’s garden lives!