Let’s look at a garden that embraces a bit of the Pennsylvania wilderness, smack dab in a big city’s suburb of Swarthmore. I am starting back to front, following the last garden I have posted in the woods of Pennsylvania.
I visited the garden of plantsman Charles Cresson (shown above) with Carolyn from Carolyn’s Shade Gardens last May. I was very taken with his knowledge of plants, but more enamored by the clever design of his property, especially of the many garden rooms that embrace Hedgleigh Spring. The water source gave the two acre gardens its name.
The back of the property is a nature lover’s paradise with the water of the creek heard falling, but not immediately seen until discovery. This is a design technique, executed perfectly here.
There are lots of lush shade plants and an absolutely stunning pond garden (shown next post), all surrounded by large trees separating it from neighboring properties. Stone walls are throughout the gardens, creating grade changes throughout.
Have a look…you will be hooked.
Next on GWGT, that fantastic pond garden in May. I will follow with more of his ten garden rooms as we tour the property.