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 Most of the featured gardeners carry on the legacy of dirt-under-the-fingernails gardening ROBERT TERRY from a parent or grandparent, or an elderly neighbor. "My parents didn't talk much about gardening," says a South Side gardener who cans her tomato crop each year, "they just lived it." Another grew up in Weston trailing her father who spent Saturdays in his garden. She says, "My parents' property had a ravine and a mill pond and waterfall; it was a paradise of shrubs, laurels, and bulbs." From composting and preparing the soil to planting, dividing, relocating, and pruning, these gardeners want to be outside doing it all. They marvel at the sound of the breeze and the whir of insects. They laugh at the antics of chipmunks and chickadees. On June 13 we will welcome you to these private gardens. Swaths of astilbe and ladies mantle, irises, and roses as well as some very special rhododendrons and peonies should be in bloom. On the tour look for time-worn farm equipment from Weston's agricultural past, a stone Buddha that invites contemplation, and a Torii that draws us into the future. Residential landscapes reflect who we are and where we are in time. The Weston Garden Tour rounds out Weston 300 offerings with 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 this look at how we use the land and spend our time, as well as the plants we cherish and those that flourish in our environment. CAROLYN ELLIS is a freelance writer based in Weston. She is a member of Weston Garden Club. 122

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