WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Gardens in the Woods work over time." Unlike commercial gardens installed overnight, each of these properties is COURTESY OF WESTON GARDEN CLUB the result of a gardener's personal aesthetic, refined and evolving through the years. "I think of my garden as a landscape of views, with many tiny vignettes," says one North Side gardener. Areas range from deep shade to bright sun on the four-acre site. "When I joined Weston Garden Club twenty years ago, I encountered a whole other level of professionalism in gardening," she says. "I remember thinking, 'This is the serious ulation of 11,000. Through three centuries, land use has transitioned club. They speak Latin!'" She and other gardeners will be home to share from agriculture with the addition of 19th-century mills and factories their experiences and answer questions. There are several gardens and the establishment of large estates. Suburban residential develop- where you are welcome to bring lunch or sit to rest for a while. ment since World War II has overlain these antecedents with gener- Weston has grown from the "Farmers' Precinct," the westernmost ously sized lots. The gardens you will see take advantage of Weston's glaciated ter- COURTESY OF WESTON GARDEN CLUB part of Watertown in the late 1600s to a well-to-do suburb with a pop- rain and second-growth forest. The land has both gentle slopes and dramatic contours. Glacial till provides material for stone walls. House lots are an acre or more in size with understory plants (including rhododendrons and azaleas) protected by cathedral-scale pines and oak trees. Curving paths reveal the gardens in stages, just as a meandering Weston GardenTour Nature's gifts transformed by generations of men and women and adapted by individuals to express their aesthetic vision and love of plants and flowers. n Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm n View nine private gardens not otherwise open to the public n Tour is sponsored by Weston Garden Club in celebration of the Town of Weston's 300th anniversary We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 n Tickets $20 in advance; $25 day of the tour n On sale at the Josiah Smith Tavern in Weston Center, 358 Boston Post Road, beginning at 10:00 am; a map and guide to the gardens will be available that morning n Tickets can be purchased in advance from Cathy Konover (781.899.5222) or from Weston Garden Club members n 116 Visit www.westongardenclub.org for information

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