Four inspired planting ideas show the versatility of this classical garden fixture.
We visit gardens (and gardeners) in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut with greenhouses, terrariums, plants, and ideas that were first made popular in the Victorian era.
It stands to reason that gastronomes around the world make pilgrimages to Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons near Oxford, England, to dine at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred French restaurant. But because all of the organically cultivated produce that’s grown on the premises is prepared in chef-patron Raymond Blanc’s kitchen and cooking school, foodies also queue up for guided tours of the seven-acre garden. Since 1984, when Blanc turned a 15th-century stone manor house into his luxury hotel and restaurant, the outdoor highlight has been the two-acre vegetable and herb patch.
Artist Catherine Howe and her husband "escaped" from Manhattan and a studio apartment to a modest house on an acre in Cold Spring-on-Hudson, New York, in 1994. There, she would focus on her painting, yet be close enough to the city that she would not be estranged from the art world.