The Hill Garden
The Hill Garden surrounds the Vermont summer home of Cambridge resident and long-term beloved member of the Cambridge Plant & Garden Club. The garden is typical of an English-Style Country Garden, filled with a riot of plant textures, colors, and sizes. Situated on a hillside, on a property of 100 acres, The Hill Garden is ideally located with magnificent views of the Vermont mountains, providing a lush backdrop and sense of country space.
The garden’s owner and creator is a landscape architect, professional photographer, and knowledgeable horticulturalist. The Hill Garden is entirely of her own design, and in the almost 50 years she has worked on it, it has evolved considerably, with the addition of retaining walls and terraced beds; and a large stone terrace with dining table and chairs built facing north towards the mountains. The many perennial beds burst with flowers in all seasons—phlox, daylilies, bearded iris, asters, herbaceous peonies, climbing roses, hydrangea, and native wisteria. New varieties are added every year to the lilac bush alee; small ephemerals and miniature hostas frame the front steps of the house.
While the garden owner’s judicious use of plants, their abundance of form, the richness of their color and texture gives The Hill Garden its unique character and energy, it is the love of a lifetime’s work that has gone into every inch and flower that makes this garden and its creator such a treasure.
For more photographs and information on the garden, here is the link to the report that CP&GC submitted to the Smithsonian.