Saturday, 21 June 2014
Hardy Plant Study Weekend
private estate with garden by Daniel Mount
On the driving directions and on a separate handout was this request:
I felt a little funny about it while I was there, especially when we found that volunteers were lined up to keep us (surely not Hardy Plant riff raff?) from going anywhere near the house! Even on the most wealthy estates we had visited, the owners let us trek all around the houses, decks, and porches.
Later, I realized that the garden had not the owner’s name attached to it but the name of the garden designer, Daniel Mount, and then I felt better. Clearly, this was an owner who needed privacy and yet had agreed to open his or her garden so that we could admire the skill of the garden creator.
I do try to protect the privacy of garden owners to some extent, often using only their last names unless I find much about them online that reveals their full names. I realize that in the days of Google, just a last name could guide a person to a garden that is written about online.
My poor (when I was little) and later working class parents used to like to take a drive through wealthy neighbourhoods to “see how the other half lives”. My mother would have loved to be able to see these vast estates, although they would have made her feel her life was inferior. I am content with my “right livelihood” and the quotidian pleasures of my own life so I would not trade, but I am quite sure she would have. My grandmother would not have traded her “little red house” for the grandest mansion and estate garden. It helped that, like me, she was a “stick-in-the-mud” who turned down a trip to Hawaii because she would rather be in her own place.
With that. let’s admire the lavish garden beds in this large landscape, near a body of water (that was on the other side of the house).
Garden designer Daniel Mount’s website showcases some more fabulous gardens.
Next: a very different garden with many outdoor rooms.