WellesleyWeston Magazine


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 N TOUR TO THE WESTON GARDE Garden Club Sponsored by Weston Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:00 am - 3:00 pm event at the Tickets will be on sale the day of the am in Weston Center beginning at 10 Josiah Smith Tavern Nature has continually imposed change. Trees grow and areas become shadier. Winter storm damage and summer dry spells take their toll, and disease and insects have in turn attacked the oak, hemlock, and ash tree populations. Downed trees leave shade gardens in the sun. But time is on the side of long-time gardeners. These properties have mature specimens of ornamental maples, stewartia, and Japanese tree lilac. Careful pruning maintains the form and transparency of shrubs and trees, so one can see to the next "room." One garden boasts rhododendrons planted 75 years ago. "With proper pruning they can flourish," the gardener says. When her property needed a new septic system, she and her husband moved 250 plants themselves, using ball and burlap for the larger ones. "That was a labor of love," as is the entire garden, where this couple has gardened together for 35 years. Another South Side gardener discovered her passion for plants when her family moved from Boston to a home in Wellesley that had a beautiful perennial garden. She wanted to keep it up but knew very lit- 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 tle, so she asked the professional gardener who maintained it to teach her. When she moved to Weston ten years ago, she found her new property had been planted with care but was neglected and overgrown. "Editing and reworking, that's what it needed," she recalls. As she began to redesign the garden she encountered compacted, clay soil. 120

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