Blog 01/16/2012 No Comments

Sterling will be designing and installing a garden space at the 2012 Mansion in May (

Our garden space, # 4, will be titled “The Lady’s Garden”

Concept / Inspiration:

The high tree canopy and green under-story of the surrounding forest sets the mood for a restful retreat. The existing aged sculpture of Our Lady inspired the creation of a garden where the lady of the house might escape the stress of daily living.

Additional inspiration came from early 20th century garden designer Vita Sackville West’s ‘White Garden’ at Sissinghurst, in England, where white blooms amid varying shades of green foliage provide a comforting palette that calms the mind and pleases the senses. Visual interest from variegated foliage lasts throughout the season.

A bluestone patio provides a sitting area from which to enjoy the woodland view while listening to the soothing trickle of water from a nearby fountain.  A raised bed was constructed with a low fieldstone wall to protect the roots of the ancient Oak trees.

Before pictures of space # 4:

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