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Private country paradises boasting remarkable plant palettes and combinations Garden design expert Jack Staub presents more than twenty beautiful and sumptuous private country gardens in Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. From a romantic garden with cottagey plantings that pays homage to the best of English garden vernacular to a splendid Eden of Maryland countryside meets Himalayan serenity, these garden paradises stand alone on their own terms but offer us examples of what we can all achieve with a modicum of respect, partnership and imagination.
The owner sums it up herself: "Can there be a better feeling than walking around one's garden after the day's work is done? Everyday when I ride my horse, I always finish my ride with a walk around the farm. I check the orchard, the vegetable gardens, the forest, the backside of the lilac lair. I always wonder if Thomas Jefferson felt the same joy I feel when he rode around Monticello. I can see the Hudson Highlands from the upper trail at the back of our property,and when I walk through the orchard, I always grab a peach or a plum or an apple. Later in the day, it is likely that I will take a walk around the garden rooms. I know every plant and shrub-it is like greeting old friends. Sometimes I walk with a yellow pad to make notes of what needs to be done or changed. When I am tired or weary, I leave the pad on my desk and just enjoy the peace." Surely we could all use a dose of that.