- CELEBRATING 100 YEARS -
One of the best things about Floretum is getting to see the private gardens of Floretum members.
These tours are not open to the public — a good reason to join! However, we gladly share these photos with you from a few select members’ gardens.
Photos by Floretum volunteers Linda Murray, Louise Koehn and Chris Walton
Joyce J’s garden is a peaceful haven near the Sound, presided over by a giant birch tree that was imported as a seedling from Sweden.
Blooming beds curve gracefully around a lush lawn. Along one fence are potatoes, green veggies and berries, and everywhere you look are striking pieces of garden art.
Val has only owned the property for two years, and much of the landscaping was developed lovingly over 30 years by the previous owners. But Val is a master of color and design, and every aspect of this garden is swoon-worthy. This is the garden you wish you had. Water features abound, including a deep pool with some ancient koi. A fence full of art and whimsical found objects encloses a cutting garden. Blooming shrubs weave among a wide variety of evergreens, and unique specimen plants draw the eye. Beautifully-designed pots, a veggie bed, a chicken run with unusual chicks, and hidden seating areas make this garden fun and inspiring.
Elaine’s garden is a miracle. With help from a former neighbor, a garden designer, she’s taken an ordinary backyard lawn and in two short years turned it into a professional-looking botanical garden. The roses are spectacular. Pops of blue permeate the landscape, in large pots and in plants that tie the whole concept together. Large art works, fountains, patterned grass combos, and color-coordinated blooming pots dot the landscape from below and from the upper deck. The whole garden is laid out by an artistic genius.