In Natick, Massachusetts, seventeen miles west of Boston, Joyce Ahlgren Hannaford has created a garden that is a neighborhood landmark. She shares photos of her garden with us, along with the very personal associations her garden has for her, with plants and landscaping features that serve as memories of her friends, family, and past homes.
Tell us a little bit about the design of your garden.
Since our house was built in 1923 and the garage is not attached, there are windows all around the house. I wanted to have a view from each of our back windows, so I created a series of “rooms” in the back yard—there are seven rooms all together, including the main area with perennials, a shade garden, a memorial garden, and so on.