Down on the Farm
A hundred-acre estate where—for once, George Washington truly did sleep—was reinvigorated as a September showhouse. Louis replanted the huge vegetable garden as a parterre of immense annuals & tropicals.
- With rich soil formed over two centuries of cultivation, it was no surprise that the vegetable garden fostered such riotous growth.
- Replanting the estate's vegetable garden was no small task but, because the showhouse didn't open until September, there was plenty of time: the seedlings & starter plants had all summer to mature.
- With the pathways defined by mulch, and the beds by straw, the garden's layout was clear even before the plants themselves could help out.
- Four months later, and from the same vantage: The garden was at its desired peak, with outer "walls" of sunflowers surrounding the quartet of huge & diverse annuals & tropicals.
- After three months of heat & rain, the annuals & tropicals were sky-high. Whimsical structures & ornaments—here, an arch made from an extension ladder & two sections of a slide—provide handy markers of where the pathways are amid the colorful jungle of growth.
- As seen from the bucket of a cherry-picker, the extent & detailing of the reborn-as-a-flower-garden vegetable garden is highlighted. Small terraces mark the entry pavilion, the center terra-cotta tub & its quartet of tubbed euonymus standards &, at the back-center, the morning-glory arch that concludes the garden's central axis.
- Louis was proud, indeed, when the project was featured by The Boston Globe.