Now, that’s a large garden ornament! Juno, who resides at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is the largest classical sculpture in any museum in the United States and has an interesting garden history. Juno dates from the 1st-century BC but It’s unclear as to which ancient Roman building she once belonged. However, records as early as 1633 show her in the inventories of Villa Ludovisi in Rome where she was the major ornament in an Italianate garden for over 100 years. She was eventually purchased by Mary Pratt Sprague, an American collector, at the end of the 19th century and placed in her formal garden in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Sprague garden was designed by Charles Adams Platt, a well known architect and landscape designer who was a member of the Cornish Art Colony which formed around Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Cornish, New Hampshire. When Juno first arrived at the garden of Mary Sprague, it took a team of oxen to pull her up the long driveway of the estate. Getting her into the MFA presented no less of a challenge after she was acquired in 2011. At 13-feet tall and weighing 13,000 pounds, a special casing had to be built for her and she was lowered into the building through a large skylight by a huge construction crane. A special platform had to be constructed which would help spread her massive weight over the floor’s support beams. Juno will be the focal point of a future gallery at the MFA featuring the gods, goddesses and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome.
What a privilege it was to photograph the beautiful gardens of Russ and Prue Robertson in Dublin, New Hampshire. And, as always, it was such a pleasure working with writer Robin Sweetser, editors Andi Axman and John Hession, and the entire team at New Hampshire Home Magazine. Here are a few outtakes from the shoot. Copies of the magazine are available on newsstands now or you can check out the digital edition here.
At this time of the year, I always get a kick out of the Actinidia kolomikta (Kiwi Vine) that hangs on the split rail fence at the east entrance to the garden because it looks like a prankster came through in the middle of the night and painted some of the leaves white. Of course, this is just the beginning of the coloration that the female Kiwi vine undergoes as it passes into summer.
Soon, by the end of June, the bright white leaves will begin to turn the most delicate pink (see next post). It takes several years for the plant to bear the small kiwi fruit and a male plant is required as a pollinator. Our male resides at the other end of the split rail fence and is rather plain looking when compared to the female.
Thanks New Hampshire Home Magazine for the cover shot on the May/June issue! It was a delight to work once again with Andi Axman, John Hession and the team at NHH on two stories in this month’s issue: Garden Designer’s Favorite Plants featuring Maude Odgers, Michael Gordon and Marc Hudson as well as the feature on Louisa Thoron’s beautiful garden in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Available on the newsstands now; digital edition at NHHomeMagazine.com.
It has been a long time since I have given much thought to the mechanics of how we “organize",” or keep track of, the garden here at Juniper Hill so I thought I would do a quick walk through for folks who might want to adopt a system similar to ours.Read More
There was just some light snow last night and this morning but these powder coatings usually make for the best winter snow photos.
Autumn is a colorful time around the lilac garden at Juniper Hill.Read More
I’m not really sure if this is a true potting shed or simply a gorgeous little shed/outbuilding. It sits at the very end of a long axis in the garden at Rodmarton Manor, one of the last untouched arts & crafts manor houses and gardens in England. I have always loved the way the two yew hedges flanking it have been carved out to accept the edges of the roofline.
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ pokes its head up through the hostas.
We have several Japanese Maples scattered throughout the garden but my favorite has to be Acer palmatum ‘Watnong’ because of the many beautiful color changes it goes through during the course of the season.
The Robinson crabapples are strutting their stuff at the east entrance to the garden. The line of four crabapples separate the entry path and the wildflower meadow to the left.
With its beautiful purple flowers and hairy flower stems, Pulsatilla vulgaris is one of my favorite springtime flowers. Equally attractive are the plume-like seed heads that follow the flower.
It's always a sign of good things to come when I see Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) poking through the leaf litter.
Lots of fuzzy green growth on the trees means that Spring has finally arrived in New Hampshire.
It was so much fun collaborating once again with Andi Axman, John Hession, and the team at New Hampshire Home Magazine on their latest issue.Read More
If you look past the more beastly aspects of a winter ice storm, you'll find great beauty in the landscape and garden.Read More
We already had a fair amount of snow on the ground here at Juniper Hill even before they predicted yesterday's "bomb cyclone." I think just naming the storm a "bomb cyclone" scared a lot of people into thinking that this was going to be something more than just a good ol' fashion noreaster. It wasn't.Read More