Here we are in the Swarthmore, Pennsylvania gardens of Charles Cresson in May 2014. I showed you his Hedgleigh Spring gardens from the rear of the property in the last two posts. Charles lives in his family home that his grandfather built many years before.
When we arrived, Charles met Carolyn and myself at his front door. We were greeted with a big smile… very welcoming. Then we walked to the rear of the home where many perennials (his specialty) were blooming in May.
The garden perennials are mostly an addition made by Charles when he came back to his childhood home. He made changes, yet preserved the structure and foundation of the gardens laid down by generations of Cressons before him. Charles rebuilt the stone walls that suffered through time, renovated beds and conditioned soils before adding to perennial beds and creating new ones. His grandfather planted many trees and shrubs forming the garden structure and Charles added layers of herbaceous specialty species not commonly seen in most gardens. The color combinations are quite pleasing in his perennial choices.
A large 100 year-old Japanese Maple, colorful Azalea and Rhododendron have been here many years. What is really evident is the history and maturity of the gardens. After almost 100 years of growth and development, the gardens are a reflection of all that contributed.
Click through the galleries and imagine yourself traveling through time from 1911 until today.
Beds and potted plants.
A white picket fence encloses a lawn surrounded by lush perennial beds. The chickens live behind the home. I did not ask if they get to roam through the gardens snacking on unwanted insects like slugs.
I hope you enjoyed this three-part series. I visit many gardens and you can view others in the Pennsylvania areas in the tab, Garden Walks and drop down in the menu above.
On Nature and Wildlife Pics, some real monkey business. Photographing Rainforest Monkeys.