WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

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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Labors of Love 48 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 women are still having a blast drinking coffee, talking gardening, and main- taining Clock Tower Park. This year the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley is taking their normal club activities one step further and hosting a garden tour on June 9th. With four club members opening their gardens to the public, it will be a spectacular opportunity to see the passion of the members and the skills they have amassed thanks to monthly meetings, club-sponsored lectures and field trips, and lots of gardener to gardener advice. All pro- ceeds from the tour will support the club's maintenance of Clock Tower Park, which has been lovingly nurtured by the club since 1955 and recently earned a coveted listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Although all club members help prepare the gardens for the tour, each garden reflects a clear vision of the garden owner. Here's a small taste of what visitors will see. A formal garden in the Cliff Estates Designed from scratch just eight years ago by a master gardener who is passionate about landscape history, this garden takes visitors on an extraordinary visual journey that draws inspiration from around the world. A bronze statue of a dancer that the gardener fell in love with on a trip to Paris greets visitors as they step into a gorgeous space that draws on key design elements of site, sound, scent, and movement. The garden is separated into dis- tinct spaces, with a graveled path that runs along a boxwood hedge lined with knockout roses defining the more formal section. Over one hundred varieties of peonies, the gar- dener's favorite flower, are planted throughout, providing gorgeous color, form, and scent. A custom-designed gate and fence set into a stone wall give architectural interest, while a bed of white perennials provides definition to the border in front. From this formal space, the garden tran- sitions to a more open area featuring a native-based array of trees like River Birch and Eastern Hemlock, perennials such as Mayapple, Bowman's root, and Sweet Wood - ruff, and wildflower upon wildflower. A section of the garden abutting the house dis- plays prairie perennials and pays homage to famed Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf, whom the gardener greatly admires. The variety of species and styles presented in this space is stunning, reflecting not only the gardener's passion, but also her extensive knowledge. "One of the great things about gardening is you never stop learning," says this gardener. "Nature never stops teaching."

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