This past year (is it really September already??!!) has been a whirlwind! One of our projects received recognition at the RINLA (RI Nursery and Landscape Assn) trade show last winter, which was very rewarding. This peaked the interest of an editor at Newport Life and the garden was featured in the spring issue. (You can read the full article, copied above, here.)
Additionally, we relocated from our beautiful studio on Whittier Rd. While it was bittersweet saying goodby to the display gardens we've cultivated for more than 20 years, it was time to pass the house and gardens along to a loving family. I'm excited to be at the drawing board planning a major re-vamp of our new outdoor space -- my goal will be a reduction in lawn, adding a cozy fire pit area, screening and framing the backyard view -- and, of course, introducing native and pollinator species to this sterile landscape. Stay tuned for updates!
This year, everyone's gardens looked fantastic from all the rain...though lots of winter damage. We're still keeping our fingers crossed for the hydrangea blooms of summer though, as the late April frost may have zapped their flower buds. The rhodies this year were exceptional. I always wish that I could invite everyone over for a big garden party in the spring, but alas, it's our busiest season and I barely spend any time there myself! So I thought I'd share the groundSwell display gardens here with you -- the good, the bad and the ugly. I'll post each season with plant trials -- successes and failures alike. I hope you enjoy this virtual tour!
As we wind down the planting season here in New England and return to the studio to focus on creating next years’ beauty, I thought you might enjoy this garden meditation. A lovely woman at my garden club meeting shared it, and it really resonated with me. I hope it will with you, too. Happy thanksgiving!
Rev. Max Coots
Let us give thanks for a bounty of people.
For children who are our second planting, and though they grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may they forgive us our cultivation and fondly remember where their roots are.
Let us give thanks;
For generous friends…with hearts…and smiles as bright as their blossoms;
For feisty friends, as tart as apples;
For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us that we’ve had them;
For crotchety friends, sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;
For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn, and the others, as plain as potatoes...