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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A charming garden near Centennial Park A self-described rookie who found the general concept of gardening to be a little intimidating, this gardener joined the club hoping to learn a thing or two. But she's come away with more than she ever expected. "It's been enlightening," she says. "There is so much knowledge out there. I don't know nearly as much as some of the other members of the club, but I'm willing to experiment and I'm willing to try anything. Although I have killed some things," she adds with a laugh. Occasional 52 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 Labors of Love Tips for Aspiring Gardeners n Plant white flowers along the borders of your garden. You will be able to see them even at night. n The Massachusetts Horticultural Society oper- ates a Master Gardener HelpLine. You can call or email for free advice from a highly trained Master Gardener. Call 617.933.4929 or email mghelpline@masshort.org. n Compost, compost, compost! Start composting your food waste and put a compost layer down on your perennial beds every spring. n When planning your garden, take some time to think about where your eye naturally falls. Which windows do you look out of most often? Where is your favorite place to sit? n Join a garden club and get your hands dirty in your own soil. The footprints of the gardener are always the best fertilizer. century-old house, this gardener's primary architectural objective was to design a room that opened onto her beloved garden. It takes just one look at her green space to understand why. Featuring trees like mature Hemlock, Kousa Dogwood, and Quince and perennials such as roses, peonies, astilbe, and rudbeckia, this is a garden that beckons visitors to step outside and enjoy its beauty. Primarily a shaded space, the multi-level garden has several distinct areas. There is a stone patio seating area centered around a gas fire pit that the gardener's grown sons love to enjoy with their friends; a ham- mock tucked into an enclave of white azalea, lace-cap hydrangea, and hollies; and a vegetable garden located in the front of the home along the road (but cleverly hidden behind a row of day lilies) that takes full advantage of the sun. Coming from a long line of avid gardeners, the owner of this garden loves to watch the changes that each season brings. "My garden is a living and constantly evolving extension of my house," she says. And clearly one that brings great joy. %

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