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Contents Departments, Spring 2011

Lifestyle 29 A COOK’S DREAM The Music Hall Kitchen Tour showcases classic and contemporary styles

39 A COLORFUL COLLABORATION Artisanal style in a community clubhouse



50 ASK THE EXPERTS Leading stoneworkers discuss their art

101 LIFE AS ART Eco-Artist Tim Gaudreau

105 SPRINGTIME HARVEST Fiddleheads, edible fresh young sprouts

109 GOING FOR GOLD Suggestions from the American Fine Wine Competition

112 BOOK SMART Reviews of recent home and garden books


101 In Every Issue 14 From the Publisher 16 Editor’s Welcome

In The Garden 53 WHEN THE PRIMROSE PATH GOES OCEANSIDE Primroses take spring by storm

63 PENELOPE O’SULLIVAN A passion for words and trees

18 Contributors 21 On the Scene 22 Seasonal Events 114 Resource Directory 118 Advertisers



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119 Sources 120 Last Impression

On the Cover A pergola, a central fountain and a fine view of the historic Derby Summer House distinguish the formal Italianate flower gardens at Glen Magna Farms. Photo by Michael Hubley. Story by Penelope O’Sullivan. Page 90.


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Spring it on! I am glad that spring is finally here. Months ago, when we had some 50ºF – 65ºF days, I was on board for an early spring, but it wasn’t going to happen — on Groundhog Day, of all days, school was cancelled once again. No way was Phil going to see his shadow on that snowy, blustery day. At least I got a day off and a chance to watch one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Moving forward, I’m excited that winter is over. Spring is when people are itching to be outside in their yards and energized to live their lives in a brand new mode. Here at Coastal Home, we are celebrating our first anniversary with the spring issue. I want to thank all those who helped me launch this new magazine for their hard work and dedication. I also thank you, our loyal readers, for embracing us and sharing our passion for seacoast homes and gardens. With the spring issue we also celebrate our new editor, Penny O’Sullivan. She is a long time Stratham resident and an accomplished journalist, author, speaker, and garden designer. I’m thrilled to have her on board. She brings the magazine a wealth of home and garden expertise. As coincidence and fate would have it, we planned months ago to feature Penny as our Talent in the spring issue (see page 63), and she ended up becoming our editor. We wish our former editor, Lynn Felici-Gallant, the very best in her new venture, and thank her for a job well done at Coastal Home. Join us in the pleasures of spring, which are coming quickly upon us. I love drinking my early morning cup of coffee at the pond, watching nature unfold around me, and smelling the fresh-cut grass, new mulch, and flowering lilacs. I love it all. Spring it on!

Keith J. Lemerise, Publisher Coastal Home magazine 155 Fleet Street | Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801 603 766-1948 | | Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter

Coastal Home magazine is committed to environmental stewardship. We are a proud member of the Green Alliance, and our magazine is printed locally by Cummings Printing (a Forest Stewardship Council printer) on recycled, post-consumer paper using soy-based ink.


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Beginnings I love the feeling of endless possibility that comes each year with spring. All around us, we see Nature’s giant growth spurt and watch our gardens in the throes of change. Coastal Home also grows and changes. Two months ago, Keith Lemerise, our publisher, made me Coastal Home’s editor, following the departure of Lynn Felici-Gallant, the dynamic founding editor of the magazine. I am deeply grateful to Keith, Lynn, and art director Marsha Jusczak for their leadership in launching a magazine that is elegant, useful and entertaining. Now, one year after Coastal Home’s debut, I look forward to bringing you — our valued readers — many more engaging stories, interesting trends, and beautiful coastal homes and gardens for your enjoyment. Our spring issue is rich with glorious gardens, environmental art, and colorful personalities. See on page 90 the impact that generations of plant lovers had at Glen Magna Farms, a historic family estate. On a smaller scale, Kittery plant enthusiast, Neil Jorgensen, describes his woodland garden bursting with spring-blooming primroses to writer Tovah Martin on page 53, and we learn about the fascinating world of eco-artist Tim Gaudreau from writer Jim Cavan on page 101. These artists express themselves in radically different ways, but they both make us stop, look at what’s around us, and think about what we see. Gardening is my favorite way to stop bustling and welcome spring. Tasks, such as pulling weeds, sowing seeds, and setting out tubers, slow me enough to absorb the budding world around me. The late May Sarton — poet, novelist and journal writer, who spent her last two decades in York, Maine, described the phenomenon: “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”

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CONTRIBUTORS Michelle Brewster is the owner and lead photographer of MAC Photography. She specializes in capturing love, life, and family. Check out her portfolio at Green Alliance media director Jim Cavan’s work has been published in a number of regional newspapers, magazines and online, helping to raise the profile of sustainable entrepreneurs and green issues across the region. Jim writes on green building issues, techniques and leaders for Coastal Home–further solidifying the magazine’s commitment to sustainability. Lynn Felici-Gallant is a garden and container designer and the marketing manager at Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, N.H. The former editor of Coastal Home magazine, Lynn has written extensively about gardens, outdoor living, and design trends for local and national home and garden magazines and horticulture industry publications. She may be reached at JoAnn Actis-Grande is the wine editor of Taste of the Seacoast magazine. She also writes and conducts video interviews with well-known personalities. She is principal of JAG PR, and the New Hampshire director for St. John International University. She currently spends her time living between Portsmouth and Italy. Rochelle Greayer is a designobsessed garden creator, writer and “go local” advocate. She is the owner of Greayer Design Associates and editor and creator of Studio g, an award-winning landscape design blog full of ideas for creating unique and personal gardens. and

As principal of Joppa Communications, Erica Holthausen helps nonprofit organizations increase visibility, raise awareness of their cause and build philanthropic support within their communities. A self-described idealist, she blogs regularly about sustainability, nature, historic preservation, conservation, community supported agriculture, fisheries and, of course, food. She resides in Newburyport. Michael Hubley is a selftaught photographer whose work has been published in six books as well as a number of magazines. With a keen eye for timing, his love for nature takes him on many journeys in search of that perfect “light.” View more of Michael’s images at For over twenty-five years Rob Karosis has been taking photographs of people, places and things. During the last decade, his primary focus has been architecture, and he is now the principal photographer for many of the country’s premier architects and designers. Rob resides in South Berwick, Maine, with his wife and three children. Crystal Ward Kent writes for numerous regional magazines, and her work appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts books. She is also the author of Mainely Kids: A Guide to Family Fun in Southern Maine. Crystal owns Kent Creative, an award-winning agency. Jonathan King and Jim Stott are the founders and owners of Stonewall Kitchen, a company based in York, Maine, that has been manufacturing and distributing fine specialty foods since 1991. The company currently has nine retail stores and operates a café and cooking school in York. Their award-winning products can be purchased in over 5,000 stores nationwide.

Tovah Martin is an accomplished author of thirteen books, including most recently The New Terrarium (Clarkson Potter, 2009). She writes for magazines throughout the country, lectures on subjects from heirloom gardening and garden stewardship to terrariums, and hosts terrarium workshops as well. She is an honorary member of the Garden Club of America and an accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA. Photo by Susan Johann. Kerry Michaels is a freelance writer, multimedia producer and photographer. Her credits include 20th Century with Mike Wallace, Country Living Style, ChopChop magazine and the awardwinning documentary, River of Steel. Since moving to Maine in 2001, she has become an obsessive gardener and writes about container gardening on her website, Originally from the UK and now based in Rhode Island, Nat Rea mainly photographs interiors and architecture for magazines and design clients, though recently his subjects have included sheep shearing and aerial landscapes. “My job is never dull, every day’s a new experience. It’s like being on a continuous sightseeing adventure.” Light is key to beautiful imagery. Where is it? What Color? How Bright? What Direction? These are the important details that help create the perfect image and capture “The Hidden Secret.” Contact Greg West at

Spring 2011 Volume 2, Number 1 PUBLISHER Keith J. Lemerise | EDITOR Penelope O’Sullivan | ART AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR Marsha A. Jusczak | ADVERTISING ART DIRECTOR Mary August | DIRECTOR OF MOBILE PUBLISHING Sabrina Velandry | WEBSITE MARKETING DIRECTOR Sarabeth Nelson | CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Cavan, Lynn Felici-Gallant, JoAnn Actis-Grande, Rochelle Greayer, Erica Holthausen, Crystal Ward Kent, Jonathan King, Tovah Martin, Kerry Michaels, Kristen Schwaegerle, Jim Stott CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Michelle Brewster, Michael Hubley, Rob Karosis, Tovah Martin, Kerry Michaels, Nat Rea, Jim Stott, Greg West COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Hubley COPY EDITOR Mary T. Connell PROOFREADER Janet Taylor ADVERTISING SALES/MARKETING Keith J. Lemerise | 603 234-0394 HOME OFFICE 155 Fleet Street, Suite 201 Portsmouth, NH 03801 | 603 766-1948 DISTRIBUTION AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Coastal Home magazine is available by subscription and at select newsstands and retail locations. Subscriptions are $19.99 per year, $29.99 for 2 years. To subscribe, please send a check or money order with your name and address to: TRENDS MARKETING GROUP 155 Fleet Street, Suite 201 Portsmouth, NH 03801 603 766-1948 or subscribe online at Coastal Home magazine is published by Trends Marketing Group © 2010/2011 by Trends Marketing Group All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without the publisher’s written permission.

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WINTER WINE FESTIVAL 2011 The Winter Wine Festival at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel kicked off with a Grand Tasting Reception, where guests could sample hundreds of wines from around the world and delicious food from over a dozen of the Seacoast’s top restaurants. This row and second row right: Paula Palmer and Jenny Ouelette of Horizon Beverage | NECN TV personalities Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson, Coastal Home publisher Keith Lemerise | Deb Weeks, Phelps Dieck, Jennifer Fecteau, Billy Costa, Kevin Shevelin, Steven English, and Keith Lemerise.

A DECADE OF OUTSTANDING TILE Portico Fine Tile & Design celebrates its tenth anniversary. Gathered in the Rye, New Hampshire, showroom are (left-toright) Frances Hodges, designer, and Portico’s three owners, Tania Huusko, Ann Pattison, and Brett Cooper. The year 2011 is already a year of extraordinary materials and exceptional design.

MAINE WRITERS & PUBLISHERS WRITING CONFERENCE Coastal Home editor Penny O’Sullivan (second from right) chats with DownEast magazine’s senior writer, Virginia Wright (far right), before their panel in Portland, Maine. Other panelists included (from left) Portland Magazine’s Karen Hofreiter, Gretchen Piston Ogden of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, and Bangor Metro’s Melanie Brooks.

CHINBURG BUILDERS Chinburg Builders has opened its own Design Center, making new strides in offering a first rate, customer focused experience to its buyers. The Design Center, filled with samples and many “green” selections, is located in Newmarket Mills, 55 Main Street, Newmarket, New Hampshire.

PK SURROUNDINGS CELEBRATES TWO YEARS This May, Debbie Karpiak and Janice Page (center) celebrate their second anniversary as PKsurroundings. Their full service design company specializes in kitchens and baths and offers a renovation liaison service. The business is located at 20 Water Street, Suite 2, Exeter, New Hampshire.

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Seasonal events April 1–3 Made in NH Expo The Made in NH “Try It & Buy It” Expo with more than 150 exhibitors is dedicated to showcasing the impressive variety of quality products and services made in the Granite State. Held at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center, in Manchester, New Hampshire, the event costs $8 for adults and $3 for children. 603 626-6354 |

April 15 Spring Fling Celebrate spring with cocktails, dinner and an auction at the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please see the website for admission fee and exact location. 603 569-4554 |

April 16 Earth Day Celebration The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm Road hosts a family-friendly Earth Day Celebration with a green fair, live music, nature walks, and a beach cleanup. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of spring at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Wells, Maine | 207 646-4521 | Located at 287 Exeter Rd. in Hampton, NH

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April 22–24 Fisherman's Festival Celebrate the Maine fishing season in Booth Bay, Maine, with trap hauling and dory bailing competitions, bait shoveling race, codfish relay races, tug-of-war, old-fashioned fish fry, Miss Shrimp Princess Pageant, lobster crate race, fish chowder contest, Blessing of the Fleet ceremony and boat parade. Admission is free. 207 633-2353 |

April 28 & 29 Residential Design Construction Boston This event is for everyone in the residential design community who wants to see the latest residential products, learn about design innovations, and network with peers and clients. Attend seminars, workshops and panel discussions on topics ranging from sustainable design to interiors, and everything in between. For more information, please visit the website. Boston, Massachusetts | 800 996-3863 |

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Take a walk on Old Orchard Street in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, for a spring street fair from noon to 5 p.m. Features include live music, local artisans showcasing their wares, and local restaurants providing scrumptious samples of their favorite recipes. The highlight of the event will be a treasure hunt on the beach. 207 934-0315 |

May 7 20th Annual The Music Hall Kitchen Tour Come for inspiration to design your dream kitchen — sleek and contemporary, or cozy and traditional, and packed with innovation


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May 7 Camden Cake Walk Visit twelve inns in historic Camden, Maine, to sample mouthwatering cakes, from cupcakes to cheesecakes. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Camden-Rockport Historical Society. 207 236-2257 |

May 7 Glen Magna Farms Glen Magna Farms in Danvers, Massachusetts, holds an annual perennials sale, featuring old-fashioned cultivars, heirloom varieties, and divisions from the gardens. This year, the sale begins Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon and continues at the same time each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through the first week in June or until all plants are sold. Call for sale updates and information. 978 774-9165

May 7–June 25 Beacon Hill Walking Tour Go beyond the brick sidewalks and charming gardens and learn how Boston’s Beacon Hill was developed during the Federal Era. The fortunes, ambitions, and struggles of Beacon Hill’s early residents, both wealthy and working class, shaped the streets, architecture, and character of the hill. The program starts with a tour of the Otis House Museum, the earliest intact mansion in the neighborhood, and continues on Beacon Hill’s historic streets. Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers. 617 994-5920 |

May 21 The Old York Garden Club Annual Plant Sale The Old York Garden Club will be hosting their fortieth annual plant sale at the Grant House, 877 US Route 1, in York, Maine. In addition to the huge selection of plants under the large tent, there will be a “Silent Auction of Choice Plants” inside the Grant House. Hundreds of people attend these sales for quality plants at low prices. The outdoor plant sale will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and the silent auction will start at 9 a.m., with final bids ending at 11 a.m.

May 29–30 Newburyport Spring Fest Welcome spring to Newburyport, Massachusetts! Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend in Newburyport’s historic downtown, Spring Fest is a two-day festival featuring great live music, art, fine crafts and food from Newburyport’s best restaurants. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. 978 462-6680 |

June 1 17th Annual Taste of Downtown Nashua The Taste of Downtown Nashua, New Hampshire, festival provides a unique opportunity for Taste ticket holders to sample the culinary offerings of its best restaurants downtown. Tasting events are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also featured will be a cocktail hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., live music and exciting raffles. 603 883-5700 |

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Seasonal events June 1–4 Kennebunkport Food, Wine, Works of Art Festival Celebrate a combination of fine food, art and wine at this Kennebunkport, Maine, festival featuring intimate dinners in private homes and local inns with gourmet meals prepared by Maine’s most respected chefs. View inspired exhibitions of art works by artists from, or connected with, Maine. 207 423-9387 |

June 3–19 18th Annual Fields of Lupine Festival Visit Adair Country Inn in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and enjoy a historic tour of the property, wander its gardens, and relax with some tea with home-baked goodies. Other special events will be held throughout the festival. 603 444-2600 |

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Tour 13 of the best inns in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire during the second Annual Inn to Inn Spring Herb Tour. Each inn will focus on a different culinary herb, and visitors will learn the history of the herbs and receive gardening tips and recipes. Inns will offer delectable samples of dishes made from herbs that were grown in their own kitchen gardens, and visitors will take home seeds to grow their own herbs. Self-guided tours will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. The inns will also be running overnight-lodging packages for the event. Please see the website for more details about the specific inns and fees. 603 383-9339 |

June 4 Third Annual Piscataqua Waterfront Festival Celebrate Portsmouth Harbor and Great Bay at the third Annual Piscataqua Waterfront Festival, a free family event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Features include music, demonstrations, museum tours, business displays and a sale of heirloom plants from the Moffatt-Ladd garden. 603 430-7968 |

June 11 33rd Annual Market Square Day Created initially to celebrate the renovation and beautification of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Market Square Day festival has since grown in size — along with the growth and popularity of Portsmouth itself. Lots of entertainment on three performance stages, great food, and unique artistic crafted items offered for sale by more than 100 of Portsmouth’s vendors, plus a 10 km road race, contribute to the festival’s huge appeal for all ages. Events run from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. 603 433-4398 |

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June 11–12 Newburyport 32nd Annual Garden Tour Join us for the Historical Society of Old Newbury’s thirty-second Annual Garden Tour, “Town and Country,” featuring a wonderful mix of gardens in varying sizes and styles. Newburyport, Massachusetts | (978) 462-2681 |

June 17–18 22nd Annual Portsmouth Pocket Garden Tour The 22nd annual Portsmouth Pocket Garden Tour is a study in contrasts. From expansive, professionally landscaped gardens to lovingly tended works in progress, the tour has much to offer any gardener. Get happily lost wandering hidden gardens in neighborhoods of the South End, Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while listening to local musicians performing in several of the gardens. Tickets for the tour are $17 in advance and $20 on the days of the tour, and may be purchased anytime after May 1st at South Church, 292 State Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or online at Contact if you have any questions. Portsmouth, NH |

June 18 Arts Alive Annual Festival Visit exhibits of visual and performing arts in Dover, New Hampshire, in this annual event that features artisans, painters, jewelers, crafters, potters and more. Enjoy live music throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 603 953-4473 |

June 18–28 11th Annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Competition Starting at 9 a.m. in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, come watch 15 Masters of the Sand Sculpture Universe compete for over $15,000.00 in prize money. Demonstrations can be viewed June 18 to 22; competition is from June 23 to 25; awards will be given Saturday night at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. 603 926-8718 |

June 24 Celia Thaxter's Island Garden Day Trip to the Shoals Celia Thaxter's Garden Tour participants will be transported to and from beautiful Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, aboard the R/V Gulf Challenger. Enjoy a fully narrated ocean passage to Celia Thaxter's restored historic island garden. Celia's beloved garden is the famous garden that inspired American Impressionist Childe Hassam. The guided walking tour will also include exploration of many historical sites on the island. As part of this unique tour package, participants will enjoy a fully catered luncheon courtesy of Shoals Marine Lab in the beautiful Kiggins Commons Dining Room offering expansive water views and an open deck. Check website for vessel departure time and location, as well as other sailing dates. 603 430-5220 |

June 25 New England Brewfest Breweries from across New England will gather in Lincoln, New Hampshire, to tap into their exceptional brews at the seventh Annual New England Brewfest! Join us at Lincoln Village Shops to sample and learn about these delicious specialty beers. While you taste, enjoy live entertainment and how-beer-is-made education programs, along with great food and exhibits offering beer-brewing paraphernalia and souvenirs. Events run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 to $25 for adults, and $5 for “Designated Drivers” and individuals under age 21. 603 745-6621 |

June 25 South Berwick Strawberry Festival Enjoy all things strawberry at this beloved festival in historic South Berwick, Maine. Enjoy the works of local artisans, live entertainment, and strawberry shortcake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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From classic to contemporary, the Music Hall Kitchen Tour presents the kitchens of downtown Portsmouth The Music Hall Kitchen Tour returns May 7, 2011, with a focus on extraordinary kitchens in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This year, in addition to standard tickets, the Music Hall is introducing a limited number of Gourmet tickets, which give entry to additional kitchens. The Gourmet ticket also includes an invitation to an exclusive lobby reception at One Harbour Place, featuring acclaimed chefs Evan Hennessey from Flavor Concepts and Craig Spinney from Robert’s Maine Grill, a tasting from Cornucopia Wine & Cheese Market, and much more. “We’ve kicked it up a notch this year by adding the food element to the kitchen-tour concept,” says Keith Lemerise, publisher of Coastal Home and Taste magazines. Lemerise, a long-time kitchen tour sponsor, helped organize the Gourmet portion of this year’s tour. “What a perfect match and a great way to support and celebrate the tour’s twentieth year!” See the Kitchen Tour sidebar on page 35 for details.

A Kitchen with a Past: George and Susan Carlisle From their fifth floor windows, George and Susan Carlisle enjoy dramatic views of Portsmouth’s downtown. The exterior of their building echoes the look of the historic city, but the structure was only built a few years ago. While the couple loved the location, they didn’t like the idea of “living in a modern, concrete box.” “We wanted something

with character, with a sense of history,” George says. “Portsmouth’s old buildings have great stories to tell, and we wanted to be part of that.” Fulfilling this wish might have seemed impossible if it weren’t for the firm of Adams & Roy, also of Portsmouth. David Adams and Stephen Roy specialize in creative projects, and they immediately saw a way to make the Carlisles’ vision a reality. “They proposed giving our unit the look of an 1875 industrial space that had been renovated into living space,” George says. “They built a story into these rooms, and they thought of every detail.” The kitchen has a rustic feel with floors of antique wide-board pine. The ceiling is also pine, with wooden framing and iron trusswork (supposedly reminiscent of its industrial days) giving it both dimension and detail. Here and there are rusty nail holes, deliberately placed by Adams & Roy to add an authentic touch. Similarly, the wooden window lintels have old water stains, and the chair rail, which runs around much of the room, has the darkened patina of age. Along the ceiling beams, one occasionally spots metal plates, which, according to the story, mark where a beam was removed during the unit’s “renovation” from industrial WRITTEN BY CRYSTAL WARD KENT PHOTOGRAPHED BY GREG WEST

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to living space. On one side wall, Adams & Roy installed a “bricked-up door,” which immediately adds intrigue to that section of the kitchen. “In the nineteenth century, most factory buildings had rows of posts supporting the floor structure,” David Adams says. “If you were renovating, you could yank out a post by running truss rods to connect the bearing elements, so that became part of the story we were telling here. When adding the brick wall and door, we used water-struck brick, which has the patina of old brick even though it’s new.” Because Adams & Roy were working with a new building, they had to deal with issues relating to the building’s permanent structure, and it was here that their genius took full flight. “The room’s three I-beams are all concealed by elements that have become part of the story,” George explains. “One beam is concealed by a brick chimney — the chimney was Susan’s idea, but they made it work. The second beam is concealed by laminate and blends in with the cabinets, and the third is hidden by a huge black cast iron pipe, like an old roof drain. They even inscribed it with ‘Adams & Roy Foundry’! The HVAC is hidden inside a wooden compartment that resembles the framework of a staircase that had been ripped out, and the surround sound workings are hidden in old black plumber’s pipe.” In laying out the kitchen, George and Susan worked with Janice Page, then of Dovetailed Kitchens in Portsmouth and now of PKsurroundings in Exeter, New Hampshire. Together, they picked the cabinets and planned the placement of the various stations that the couple wanted. “I wanted the kitchen to have defined areas that each served a purpose,” Susan says. “We have family and friends over a lot, and we needed a kitchen that adapted to a wide range of functions.” Over by the windows, a tall bistro table made from a threeinch slab of golden-brown Douglas fir provides an intimate dining spot. The wood came from the Carlisles’ home in Jackson, New Hampshire. The table has a circular wroughtiron base with one set of rungs for a lady’s shoes and a lower set for a gentleman’s. Portsmouth blacksmith Peter Happney crafted the ironwork and trusses in the room. High-backed chairs with black metal bases complement the table. The kitchen flows into the living room, so Susan chose colors that worked in both areas. The cabinets are a mix of cherry, or painted in a restful sage. Laminates conceal the dishwasher, refrigerator and stove hood. “I’ve had colorful kitchens in the past and this time went with something different,” she says. “The green harks back to the 1930s and goes with the industrial theme. It also works well with the wood and the black accents.” In the main part of the kitchen, an enormous island done in black concrete seats 14. Suspended lights in thick, patterned glass, reminiscent of the Depression Era, illuminate the area. Under the island are hidden pull-out serving carts that can be positioned around the kitchen/living area during gatherings for additional eating spots or wheeled about by catering staff. The carts store dishes and glassware.

Eliminate your Clutter. The back of the kitchen is the main work area with the refrigerator, compactor, sink and dishwasher grouped together. Here, large cabinets store cutlery in the upper drawers and heavy dishes in the lower drawers. Black concrete countertops continue the color theme. Generous storage space flanks Susan’s cooktop, and ivory subway tiles adorn the wall behind it. The tiles are bigger and more textured than the usual style, and their shapes are not perfect. Once again, they relate to the kitchen’s story, appearing to be from a kitchen space of long ago. This space is also home to a display of decorative plaster molds. The molds feature the art of antique corner blocks and were created by Adams & Roy. “In homes of the Victorian era, you see decorative corner blocks at the ends of window and door frames,” Adams says. “We made plaster molds of corner blocks from an old home in Portsmouth and placed them here. There’s a classic circular chrysanthemum and a strawberry flower, which is a nod to the ‘strawberry banks’ of Portsmouth’s past.” Just beyond the stove is a sandwich-fixing area complete with butcher-block countertop. The area is outfitted with a microwave, a toaster oven hidden inside a cabinet, and storage for spreads and cutlery. Down below, two refrigerator drawers hold all the fixings. Across from the sandwich station is the entertainment area with additional counter space and cabinetry. It features an ice maker and a built-in coffee maker, with spaces below for recyclables storage and a dishwasher for wine glasses. Up above, shelves display Susan’s blue and white Polish pottery. Just around the corner is a small sink with refrigerator drawers for beer and a small wine cooler set into the lower cabinet space. Above the sink is a wine rack with wine glasses hanging from the lower shelf. “George and Susan wanted to be able to entertain comfortably in a variety of ways, whether it was a more formal gathering, or just having family over for snacks and watching the game,” Page says. “The way the kitchen is laid out with all the special stations, you can easily accommodate a range of uses.” The kitchen flows into the living area, which is outfitted with large, comfy leather furniture in a rich chestnut. Bookshelves flank the fireplace and a large-screen television sits above that. The walls are sage, and an ivory-print rug is a bright splash on the dark wood floor. “We love the space,” George says. “It suits our needs, and we enjoy sharing the story and all the clever details with our guests.” For Adams and Roy, a project like the Carlisles’ is also a chance to honor the artisans of the past and to give a nod to Portsmouth's history. “We live in a world where almost nothing is really made any more,” Adams says. “You don’t see the craftsmanship, and that’s a shame, because these old buildings have marvelous workmanship and real stories to tell. We are so grateful that George and Susan had this vision and gave us the opportunity to bring in this story and these handcrafted historic elements. The result is a space that is truly unique.”



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Page 29: The Carlisles’ kitchen looks like a renovated 1875 industrial space. In creating its “story,” Adams & Roy thought up every detail, including iron trusswork, rusty nail holes, old water stains, and a bricked-up door. | Above: Light colors, large windows and spectacular views make Jude Blake’s penthouse kitchen appear to float in the sky. Her large central island is both striking and functional with lots of builtin storage space.

Across the back of the kitchen is Blake’s food storage area. Large pantries with pull-out shelves flank the refrigerator. Below them are deep drawers for snacks, pasta and other nonperishables. Above the pantries are glassed-in cabinets showcasing pretty bowls and casserole dishes. The sink and its related work area sit under two large windows. Cabinets under the sink contain pull-out compartments for trash and recyclables. Glass cabinets on either side hold Blake’s lovely dishes in red, gold and white and her collection of wine glasses. “I went with all glass cabinets because they let the light flow in from outside,” she says. “All my glass cabinets also have lights inside. They are energy efficient and never get hot. You can also dim them.” While Blake’s kitchen is very efficient, it also has touches of whimsy, including a large wooden pig marionette, called the Baker’s Pig. He wears a chef’s hat and perches merrily on one end of the counter. Blake’s kitchen flows into her dining/living area, where the walls change to a deep taupe with white accents. She connects the spaces by continuing the use of cherry wood in her Frenchstyle dining set and picking up the kitchen’s gold hues in the gold of the upholstered dining chairs. Splashes of red also marry

the spaces — in a table runner, the sofa cushions, her dish display, and in the red poppies painted on a French wine barrel hanging in a nearby hallway. Opposite the dining table is a large black walnut buffet inlaid with the same granite as that in the kitchen. It contains two sets of refrigerator drawers for wine and beer and a beverage center for mixers and other beverages. On the top is a magnum of wine with a Yuzoz abstract painting of a couple drinking wine etched into the bottle. A large version of the painting with vivid reds and golds hangs over the buffet. Around the corner from the buffet a big wine cooler, fitted with the same dark wood, has her signature grapevine design on the front panel. At the far end of the living room, Blake created a dry bar, using another large buffet, this one in cherry, outfitted with a handsome marble top. Here she stores and serves hard liquor. The buffet is fitted with freezer drawers. Adorning the top are more etched wine bottles and, on the wall behind the bar, a custom wooden sign salutes New Hampshire Wineries. On warm nights, guests drift from the dining area to Blake’s rooftop terrace, just steps from her kitchen. Here, they savor those spectacular views and enjoy a few moments of “dining in the sky.” FOR A LIST OF SOURCES, SEE PAGE 119

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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Music Hall Kitchen Tour, the premier fundraising event for one of Portsmouth’s cultural treasures. The event, featuring kitchens from Portsmouth’s downtown, is Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can tour kitchens ranging from sleek and contemporary to cozy and traditional, in settings that vary from historic homes to modern townhouses. Some tour goers gain inspiration for their own kitchens and use as a resource the event’s guidebook, which lists participating architects, craftsmen, designers and artisans. Many of these talented vendors will be present to answer questions. The tour is self-guided (a map is provided), so guests can tour kitchens at their own pace, starting and ending where they like. Also available this year is a special Gourmet ticket, which allows admission to all the kitchens on the tour, plus an exclusive look at several additional kitchens and the choice of a morning or afternoon reception. The reception, to be held at One Harbour Place, features gourmet food and beverages prepared by chefs and sommeliers from Portsmouth restaurants. Regular tickets for the tour are $23 in advance, $20 for members, and $25 the day of the event. The Gourmet ticket is $75. You may purchase tickets by phone at 603 436-2400, online at, or at the box office, 28 Chestnut Street, on the day of the event. n

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A COLORFUL COLLABORATION Two designers bring artisanal style to a community clubhouse Corporate interior design is not often thought of as vibrant, bold and energetic. For many of us, the term evokes images of beige walls, neutral carpet and unremarkable artwork designed to ensure that no one client, visitor or employee finds the surroundings distasteful. But then, few of us have ever seen a corporate interior designed by Renee Carman of Mandeville Canyon Designs and Stephanie Morrison of Morr Interiors. The two women first met at a Meet the Designers Open House at Seaglass Village, an adult-focused seasonal cottage community in Wells, Maine. Each had been responsible for designing one of five model cottages. At the time, Stephanie worked at a corporate interior design firm, but she was planning to start her own business so she could work on both corporate and residential design projects. WRITTEN BY ERICA HOLTHAUSEN


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Previous page: The clubhouse at Seaglass Village opens to a welcoming great room that showcases local talent, including fabrics designed and manufactured in New Hampshire by Penumbra Textile and hand-blown glass lighting fixtures by Rhode Island’s Tracey Glover. This page: Rose Bryant’s commissioned painting of the Nubble Lighthouse, prominently displayed over the fireplace, coordinates perfectly with the color scheme and serves as the focal point of the great room.


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“I walked through all of the cottages so I could meet the other designers,” Stephanie says. But when she walked into Renee’s cottage, she knew she had found someone with whom she could connect. “I was so excited to find somebody else who likes color!” Not long after that first meeting Stephanie started Morr Interiors. Since both women have offices in Exeter, New Hampshire, they often got together over coffee to support each other’s growing businesses and to exchange ideas. Before long, their professional relationship had grown into a personal friendship. That fall, Renee was asked to bid on the interior design of a new 11,000-square-foot clubhouse at Seaglass Village. “The whole logistics of doing a commercial job was new to me. My experience is primarily in residential design, and I didn’t really know commercial applications,” Renee says. “So, I called Stephanie, and it turned out that she was available so we could do it together.” The clubhouse envisioned by Village Developers would be the primary social gathering place for the residents of Seaglass Village’s 187 summer cottages. It would include an entry with a concierge desk, great room, library, fitness center and pavilion. The challenge presented to the designers was to create a space that could accommodate a large number of people while fitting in with the coastal setting. “When Village Developers said they wanted something that didn’t look like anyone else’s space, we really listened to them,” Renee says. “They liked our whole commercial-goesresidential theme. It was important to us to bring in environmentally friendly elements and to showcase local artists. We wanted people to walk into the space and feel like it was a home away from home.” “Because this is a commercial space,” says Stephanie, “we had to think about the applications that were going on the furniture and how to make all of our other ideas work in a seasonal space that would be well-used each summer.” The need for commercial grade materials was dictated both by fire codes and the amount of wear and tear that the materials would have to endure. “That was a bit of a challenge,” Renee says. “But that is also what made this such a great collaboration. I’d say, ‘I love this and this and this and this,’ and Stephanie would say, ‘Okay, well this is what you can have.’ It was a good balance.” “If the Fire Marshall ever walked in,” explains Stephanie, “we would need specific paperwork showing that everything was up to code. For example, we needed to be sure that the foam used in the furniture was appropriate, that it would just melt and not – whoosh! – explode into flame if there was a fire.”

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Because of these restrictions, all of the furniture and flooring had to be commercially rated. But tile does not have the same restrictions. “That’s where we went a little more towards the residential,” Renee says, “because we ended up with this beautiful Jerusalem tile, which you would probably never get in a commercial space.” “Usually I just specify some porcelain tiles, nothing truly exotic,” Stephanie says. “It was fun to go to Daltile and have a free-for-all. We just had a ball!” The only real concern regarding the use of tile was the weather. “The clubhouse is only open seasonally,” Renee says. “So with the tile, we had to use a special backing underneath called Ditra board so it wouldn’t crack over the winter. That’s not something I usually have to worry about.” With the major elements of the design plan in place, Renee and Stephanie started to recruit local artists, who could make their vision a reality. For custom tile work, they turned to Greg Durant at G & N Flooring By Design in Stratham, New Hampshire. Bridget Bleckmann of Penumbra Textile in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, was hired to create upholstery fabrics and to design lamp shades for custom lighting fixtures created by Pawtucket, Rhode Island, glassblower Tracy Glover. Artwork was also commissioned from Matthew Smith of Quincy Pond Print Works and Rose Bryant, both in Exeter, New Hampshire. “We had complete trust in everyone we worked with,” Renee says. “As a designer, I’m just the conductor. And in this case, everybody knew their part, and they are all really good at their instruments.” Wherever the opportunity presented itself, Renee and Stephanie brought in a local artist, and the clubhouse showcases the immense talent available right in the seacoast area. The entry to the clubhouse leads directly to the great room. Inlaid into the tile floor is a custom-designed compass rose. Greg Durant created the compass rose to match the vibrant blues and soft yellows of the great room. “We could have purchased one that could just be dropped right into the tile floor,” Renee says. “Instead we were able to bring in an artisan who could design it specifically for the space and now Village Developers has something that nobody else in the world has.” In the fitness-center locker rooms, linear mosaic glass tiles installed from floor to ceiling create the illusion of a waterfall. “That visual element makes people want to know what’s around the corner,” Renee explains. Just around the corner, prints by Matthew Smith tie together bold color combinations of green, grey, purple and orange. In the library, mahogany shelves and leather furniture surrounding a huge fireplace add warmth to the room. It is

Above: Leather armchairs in the library face a large, flat-screen television, an ideal gathering spot to watch the big game. | Below, from left: Friends can gather in the library for a companionable game of poker or enjoy a cocktail in one of the seating areas in the great room.

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The library is lined with mahogany bookshelves filled with great reads and local antique-shop finds. A comfortable armchair and custom lamp beckon the booklover to settle in and spend some time with a favorite author.

Above: Bold color combinations of purple and orange brighten up the women’s locker room. Below: In the men’s locker room, linear mosaic glass tiles create a visual waterfall effect that adds interest and texture.

the perfect place for a game of cards or to watch the football game on the big screen. Here, it is the accessories that really add character to the space. “We spent countless hours shopping around for things that were unique,” Renee says. “One of my favorites is a propeller that we got from an antique store in Maine. It’s the perfect addition to the room.” In contrast to the library, the great room feels cool and breezy. Though all of the furniture is commercial grade, many of the pieces are upholstered in fabric designed and manufactured in New Hampshire. “We took these beautiful fabrics from Penumbra Textile and placed them on the commercially rated furniture,” Renee says. “It was a perfect example of blending commercial with residential.” The seating arrangements are also designed to encourage small gatherings. “It’s easy to just order chairs and put them in a corner,” Stephanie says. Instead, the corner features an L-shaped bench with a small coffee table. “That little seating arrangement reminded me of Sex and the City. I could imagine a group of women sitting together having a cocktail.” Throughout the library and great room are customdesigned lighting elements. The sconces, light fixtures and lamps were designed by Tracy Glover, and each one features handblown glass. The lamp shades for the floor lamps and overhead drums are created from fabrics designed by Bridget Bleckmann. Although these two women have wanted to work together for some time, this was the first time the opportunity presented itself — and the results are stunning. The focal point of the room, however, is the large fireplace on the back wall. Prominently displayed in the floor-to-ceiling stonework is one of many paintings commissioned from Rose Bryant. “We gave Rose samples of all the fabrics we were using and all the wall colors,” says Renee. “She could just take a big panoramic view of all the different colors we used. Her paintings complemented our design perfectly.” From the large painting of the Nubble Lighthouse to the smaller, panoramic pieces throughout the clubhouse, the paintings showcase local sights and bring a sense of place into the resort community. “It would have been just as easy to toss something up on the wall,” Renee says, “but we wanted to bring in pieces that were created locally.” When the clubhouse opened in May 2010, Renee and Stephanie were installing the final touches. “It was pretty cool to see people coming in and actually sitting down and enjoying the space while we were still working,” Stephanie says. Soon, the residents of Seaglass Village will be back on site for the summer. As intended, the clubhouse is at the very heart of the community. “It’s a pretty great feeling,” Renee concludes. n FOR A LIST OF SOURCES, SEE PAGE 119

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If you are working with native New England fieldstone, it is interesting to think about how it has already been handled when it was collected from the fields to make way for agriculture. New England has a long history of granite quarrying; there are a lot of antique granite blocks around that have been reclaimed from structures such as mill buildings and bridge abutments. I like to use these pieces knowing I am repurposing them.

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As a young boy I was fascinated with the work of Ed Monti from Quincy, Massachusetts. Ed did things with stone I had never seen before. When I began carving stone at the age of 30, I used his work as a guide for my own. But more than anyone else, my high school woodshop teacher, Fred Baker, taught me to be a stickler for detail, especially in the finish.

I am inspired almost daily, mostly by existing stone structures or untouched stone standing in nature.

I was inspired by the masons who taught me early on—some of the best around. However, my latest project, renovating a large quantity of low-quality stonework, and seeing the emotional and financial toll it has taken on my client has really influenced my thinking, reinforcing my belief that it is up to us as individual contractors to uphold a standard for the industry. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well.


The most rewarding project was an openunder, granite, spiral staircase. The complex design process, stone acquisition, and precise hand and machine work at my shop was an incredible experience. It was a grand project that in historical times I would have needed a master’s license to undertake. I hope the owners are as much in love with it as I. Win/wins are always the ideal!


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My most rewarding job is when the client is engaged in the project, communicates the concept and expectations well, and then wants me to see the project through to the end using my artistic vision. This typically happens when the homeowner has chosen to work with me because they have already identified that they like my aesthetics.

Recently, I had the privilege of working on a large project that incorporated some once-ina-lifetime elements: a stone turret, passageway tunnel and the longest wall I’ve ever built. I will always be able to look back on that experience with pride and have the satisfaction of knowing that my grandchildren may drive by one day and say, “My grandfather built that!”

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The main attraction for me to working with stone is the ability to create something that will last for generations, and in the process, contributing both architecturally and emotionally to a project. If done right, stonework should evoke an emotional response from the viewer. I consider stonework a combination of form and functionality.

I grew up playing in beautiful woods. I learned to love nature and wanted to work outside. I started my career with Forest & Parks and doing stone masonry with a wellknown stonemason in the ’70s. Artistic stonework is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. A skilled mason thinks about the flow of the stones’ color and size and about fitting stones to one another.

Stonework is absolutely artistry. Some years ago, a Czech sculptor friend came for a visit. He took one look at the stone walls and said, “Is land art!” I was attracted to stonework when I returned to New England after college and five years in California. It was like seeing the native stonework for the first time. So I gave it a shot and am still at it 29 years later.


Unlike other regions of the country, New England has a long history of quarrying and stonework that has given inspiration to many great architectural buildings and monuments throughout the country. I believe most New England residents are drawn to stonework because we have so much history in the use of stone, both in the functionality of fieldstone walls in our old pastures, and in the use of stone in the construction of our homes.

New England stonewalls are a common historic thread winding throughout many communities. These old walls create a special sense of place or home. New England clients often choose this stone for that home feeling. The stone itself is handsome, durable and works well with hammer and chisel. As a mason, you know that another mason worked these stones years ago. It’s a privilege to re-work these old stones for our clients’ beautiful homes.

I find working with stone in New England special because first, it is a dirty, heavy, tricky craft that necessarily takes place outdoors in all sorts of weather—a lot of it bad. The work lends itself to a quiet selfrighteousness that is somewhat unique to the Yankee craftsman. Second, working with stone is something that my teenage daughters think is an almost OK occupation. Getting their approval on anything is really difficult.


I don't believe there is one particular thing that inspires me. Rather, each project is an inspiration, working with our clients to capture what it is that inspires them to want to create details using stone. Finding the right type of stone, as well as developing the particular style that each site or project dictates is the true inspiration for me, and when you get it right, it becomes its own inspiration.

My best friend Mark Swanberry, who worked on the first This Old House and Victory Gardens in the ’70s, taught me about stonework. We talked about seeing stones, how every stone has a place in the wall, and how to share the load by finding structural balance in stones or sweet spots. Working with other masons taught me that you need an open mind, patience, and a sense of humor to work with stone.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to a stonemason named Jeff Higgins. He taught me the basics. I still believe his particular aesthetic to be the most pleasing I have ever seen.


I don't have one particular project that has been the most rewarding. For my company and myself, when the homeowner or client is happy with the end result and we have been able to achieve the particular dream or design, that is the rewarding part and why I love what I do. It should never be about what reward I wanted from a project but rather what the client was trying to accomplish.

A rewarding project starts with good communication. It’s important to listen to the client’s wishes and to share hardscape ideas, budgets and possibilities. The site can also communicate what needs to be done. Information key to creating a good design could include stonewalls, steps, patios, fire pits, sculptures and water features. It is rewarding to create stonework the homeowners truly appreciate and enjoy.

My ideal project is one in which I can talk the homeowner into using a particular type of fieldstone from North Berwick, Maine. It is an odd, reddish stone with lots of iron in it. Also, any job where I get to go into the woods and collect the stone myself is great. Those hours in the woods collecting each stone are some of the fondest recollections I have of my time here on earth.

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Ah, spring! Birds twittering. Showers sprinkling. Primroses popping. Really, where would spring be without primroses, even near the ocean? What? You didn’t think that they would thrive oceanside? Well, Neil Jorgensen proves they can by the hundreds. When Neil and his wife, Martha Petersen, decided to leave their inland home and move to coastal Kittery, Maine, two requirements topped his wish list for a new home. First, Neil needed to live on ample land; he and Martha could not maneuver on less than an acre. Coming in a close second was his desire for a landscape replete with primroses (Primula spp.). Not that he needed to recreate in exact detail his former inland

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Page 53: left to right: Neil often purchases primroses at Joe Pye Weed’s Garden (, a mail-order nursery that sells Primula in many hues. | Left: Joe Pye Weed’s sky blue polyanthus hybrid. | Above center: Joe Pye Weed’s ‘Spring Pastels’ polyanthus hybrid. | Below center: A double pink polyanthus at Joe Pye Weed’s Garden (previous photographs courtesy of Joe Pye Weed’s Garden). | Right: Neil’s rare Primula sieboldii with its snowflake-like blossoms will slip into dormancy after blooming.

Opposite page: Neil is selecting for the ruby red Primula japonica that thrives in his fluffy amended soil. It mingles here with Carex elata ‘Bowles Golden’.

This page: Above left: Primula sieboldii comes in a broad range of colors; Neil has coupled this blue bloomer with Trillium and variegated Hosta. | Above right: Neil seeks out rarities. Although P. kisoana is generally magenta, he found a whisper pink version for his garden. | Right: Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ blooms at the same time as polyanthus primroses and the P. sieboldii collection, resulting in a great seaside combo.




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garden that had won him fame by its inclusion in Ken Druse’s classic, The Natural Shade Garden (Clarkson Potter, 1992), but for Neil, life was not worth living without primroses. Actually, when Neil thinks gardens, his orientation is strictly informal, and a woodland garden featuring primroses was what this former environmental education professor and current garden designer had in mind. That said, when Neil and Martha — a landscape designer specializing in sustainability and native plants — found the “perfect” property, he was so distracted by admiring the view of Spruce Creek (actually a bay) that he completely forgot to check the soil underfoot. It was not until he started digging into the Presumpscot blue clay that reality struck with a thud. “Maybe we should be doing pottery rather than trying to grow plants,” he remembers saying at one point. But memories of Primula sieboldii romping around his former garden in mob scenes were still vivid in his mind. Plus, primrose paparazzi had given him a brush with notoriety, and impromptu primrose cocktail parties would be difficult to live without. The only solution was to amend the soil. He built it up in mounds to create something similar to raised beds. Sparing no good gardening practice, he developed his own humus: he composted all healthy plant material, stockpiled his own partially decomposed wood chips for mulch, and enlisted wood ash from his woodstove. Every time he dug a hole for a plant, he shoveled in some compost and perhaps a little scoop of sand as well. After a while, the underground was looking up. Apart from the soil composition, other challenges left him undaunted. The overhead also needed some help. Most of the property lacked any sort of canopy. While many gardeners would applaud and celebrate vibrant sunbeams on an open property, Neil was accustomed to growing in shade — and so were his beloved primroses. Even if he could be negotiable on that point, the primroses stood firm. Shade was not the only issue. The garden desperately needed a windbreak. For primroses, plants that dote on moisture, desiccating winds can be a killer. No question: vertical elements were necessary. But this is a man who had started his own rhododendron collection from cuttings, so if anyone was equal to the challenge of filling in a landscape to provide cover, he had the credentials. What ensued was a tug of war against the powers of destruction. Hemlocks were Neil and Martha’s first choice for wind breaking purposes, but that battle was forfeited when the trees were overrun by woolly adelgids. Success came at last with hardy cultivars of Thuja plicata, the western red cedar. Neil planted rhododendrons in the woodland

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Above: The seaside garden explodes in spring with dark purple Primula sieboldii and the common cowslip (P. veris) in fiery hues including the ‘Sunset Shades’. They run between foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) and epimediums. | Below: Neil likes P. sieboldii ‘Late Snow’ for the blue cast on the petal reverse. He combines it with Japanese cobra lily (Arisaema sikokianum, on the right) and Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides).

understory for their spring show, but many suffered from lace bug infestations, except those having leaves with a felted covering (indumentum) such as Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum. Meanwhile, Neil and Martha were working on the deciduous-tree element of the property. Neil raised his own Japanese maples from seed and collected choice varieties from hither and yon. His penchant for collecting turned out to be a saving grace. He found that the bare branches of many deciduous shrubs suffered from winds gusting off the water. Incidentally he discovered another enemy — late winter sun could be lethal for them. Winter exposure was also an issue for some shrubs meant to diffuse sunlight when the primroses popped up in the spring. “Siting is everything,� he says. He sheltered particularly tender plants by placing them on the north side of the house. The couple was adamant about preserving the view. “You do not need a solid windbreak. You can scatter trees around to produce the same effect without ruining the view,� Neil says. He had other tricks up his sleeve as well. He routed gray water from the kitchen sink out to the primroses to satisfy their need for slightly soggy soil. The fact that the property is 15 feet above the water’s edge also helped to prevent ground water from being brackish. Only hurricane winds blowing from the west (not a typical weather pattern in Kittery) would dump salt spray on the land. The proof of sweet success comes in spring. In mid-May, the woodland area is a riot of primroses and color. Neil has a rush of felted-leaf, bright magenta Primula kisoana. His stampede of tomato red and pale pink P. japonica has reached numbers that almost require crowd control. And the snowflake-like P. sieboldii is so rambunctious that he weeds out all but the vibrant colors. Not to go unnoticed are companions such as the common yellow and copper cowslips among the later blooming P. x bulleesiana, which bears candelabras of pastel blossoms. The entire assemblage mingles with hellebores (Helleborus spp.), cobra lilies (Arisaema spp.), Trillium, foamflower (Tiarella spp.), Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla spp.), barrenwort (Epimedium spp.), ornamental grasses, creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera), and other botanical marvels scattered throughout. For a few weeks in spring, it is absolute saturation coverage. Springtime shock appeal in Kittery is Neil Jorgensen’s goal after all, and the result is bliss. n




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When you moved here were you familiar with the area? Not at all. I had never even been to New Hampshire, but I was beyond thrilled to move here. When we first moved, I signed up for a class at the community college to learn a computer program for landscape design (which of course, I never use, because I still do it by hand). Everyone in there, except for one person, was left-handed like me! I thought, I’ve been living in a right-handed world, and suddenly I move to New Hampshire and everyone is left-handed. I loved it! I knew I was home. What was the inspiration for creating a backyard arboretum? One of my sweetest memories is walking through Forest Park with my father. It fed my dream of having a park-like garden with shade trees, lawn, flowerbeds, and places to sit. I also knew that I wanted lots of textures and areas of sun and shade — everything you experience when you walk through a park. My garden is dynamic. I’m always adding and subtracting, and it changes over time. Do you have a favorite tree? That is really an unfair question! It’s hard to say. I have a lot of favorite trees that fulfill different purposes. I love my Japanese umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata). I love its texture in the landscape. I love how it looks in winter with frost, and how it looks in summer when it shines. I also love Little King river birch (Betula nigra ‘Little King’). Love it! Oh, my goodness. It has a beautiful form — a big rounded mass of branches, sized perfectly for my small tree and shrub bed — and when the foliage is off, there’s that fabulous exfoliating bark! I love the reliability of some trees. They’re good old friends. My cut-leaf full moon maple (Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’) — that little baby turns an amazing orange to red every year. No matter how dull a year it is for fall color, that one comes through. Maybe my super-favorite tree is the sourwood (Oxydendron arboreum). I just love that tree. And I’m crazy about the ginkgo. I could go on and on!

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Plaice Cove is one of many small, sheltered bays along the seacoast in New Hampshire. With a secluded beach surrounded by a rocky shoreline, it is the perfect place to spend the summer or to just get away from the daily grind. For Lou and Colleen Fantozzi, who discovered the area almost by accident, Plaice Cove provides the perfect refuge. “My wife likes to go around and look at houses,” Lou says. “I don’t know if she met the realtor first, or if she just drove by the house first, but either way, when she found this place, she just fell in love.” But for Lou, it wasn’t love at first sight. “When I first looked at it from the outside, I wasn’t so sure. It’s so different from the other houses in the area,” he says. “But when I walked inside, it’s just amazing. The view from the deck out to the water is gorgeous.” Bill Soupcoff of TMS Architects in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, designed the house several years ago to make the most efficient use of limited space and to take advantage of the spectacular views. But he agrees that the house is rather boxy. “Any of those sites along the coast are constrained by a fifty foot by one hundred foot building lot — which is not very big. When you take the setbacks, you’re left with a fairly tight footprint on which to build. That’s probably the most challenging thing for those sites. The ‘boxiness’ is a product of those constraints.” To reduce the visual impact of the boxy facade, Bill worked with Teleran Construction in Stratham, New The walls of the dining area are covered in grass cloth, a natural fiber that mimics the look and feel of the dune grasses outside the window in Plaice Cove.


Above: The sundrenched living room features natural linens and light colors that complement the spectacular ocean view and add to the casual, fun and breezy feel of the home. | Below, from left: Architectural details, including a layered use of stone, cedar shingles and stucco, add texture and interest to the exterior of the house. An exterior deck on the southeast corner of the house provides additional living space and takes advantage of the public way adjacent to the home. | Facing page, from top: With plenty of sunlight and uninterrupted views of Plaice Cove, the deck is a relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. Inside, curved walls on the second floor play with the ample sunlight.

Hampshire, to incorporate small changes of palette and texture by using different materials. The base of the house is constructed of stone, while the main body is sided with cedar shingles. Because the zoning laws also limited the height of the building, the roofline has a low profile. Stucco siding on the third floor further helps to break down the scale and adds visual interest to the house. “There are subtle little things you can do to make the building more visually interesting,” Bill says. “If you look at exterior photographs of the building, you’ll notice that the windows are set in. That allows the siding to wrap into the windows. It breaks up the box a little bit and creates nice shadow lines as the sun moves across the sky.” Of course, the most important factor in designing the building was the view. “You’re there for the ocean,” he says. “So we wanted to make sure the house opened up visually to the best views. There is a public right-of-way on the south side of the house, which is lucky because it opens up the view and provides a lot more sunlight. We designed the house to take advantage of the sunlight and to provide great views up and down the coastline.” Large windows wrap around the south and east sides of the house, letting in a tremendous amount of sunlight and providing spectacular views overlooking the marsh grasses and rocky shoreline. But even the windows add architectural details that may go unnoticed at first blush. “Huge windows can look like a big black box at night,” Bill says. “We put transom windows along the top with a large pane of glass below. The transom windows add more detail and visual interest without obstructing the view from inside the house.” No seaside retreat is complete without an outdoor living space. “We built an exterior deck right off the main living space,” he says. “It has direct access to the beach and is in the southeast corner to grab as much sunlight as possible. It’s also nicely protected from nor’easters. It’s a very private deck.” The main living area on the second floor features an open concept, sun-drenched living room, kitchen and dining area. It’s easy to understand what got Lou to follow in his wife’s footsteps and fall in love with the house. “When you walk into the house and look out the back sliders — that view of the ocean! It’s just gorgeous,” he says. Shortly after this first visit, Lou and Colleen purchased the house on Plaice Cove. That was several years ago. More recently, they decided to sell their primary house and move to New Hampshire year round. “Friends in construction always commented that our beach house was really well put together,” says Lou. “We figured if we were going to build a house, we should hire the same team.” So, Lou and Colleen turned to TMS Architects and Teleran Construction to build their new home. As a part of the process of building the new home, Lou and Colleen were introduced to Michael Cebula and Jeffrey Adams of Cebula Design in Newburyport, Massachusetts. It didn’t take long to realize that these new members of the team were a perfect fit for Plaice Cove as well.

The main living area features natural materials and is defined by an open concept that creates a light, airy space and ensures that every room has a view of the rocky shoreline.

The master bedroom is a bold coral color that frames the view of the ocean. A comfortable seating area provides space to read or simply to enjoy the view and reflect on the events of the day.

“Nothing had been changed from when we moved into the house,” explains Lou, “and we had wanted to make some changes. Now we had interior designers we could trust and work with. So far as we were concerned, we just couldn’t have picked a better team.” Because Lou and Colleen had owned the beach house for several years, it was already fully furnished. But it didn’t really feel like theirs yet. “When we bought the house, most of the colors were off-white,” Lou says. “It was kind of sterile, but we were always a bit afraid of changing the color on the walls.” “A little color goes a long way,” Michael confirms. “But you really can’t compete with the view they have there.” In the living room, the walls were painted a soft green. Existing furniture, including two upholstered armchairs, was combined with two new linen couches from Cebula Design’s own furniture line. A cranberry throw resting on the back of the couch complements the colors in the upholstered armchairs and accent pillows. “I used linen on the couches because it’s a natural material,” explains Michael. “It has a cool feel in the summer. A heavier material wouldn’t feel as good for a beach house. But the linen has a nice cool, casual, easy feel to it.” 76

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The use of natural materials continues into the dining area, which was covered with a light green grass cloth. “They are on the water but also in a marshy area with a lot of dune grasses, so the naturalness of the grass cloth really worked well with what was going on outside,” he says. It was also a nice contrast to the smooth lines of the wood cabinets in the adjacent kitchen. “Grass cloth gives a warm and nice texture,” Jeffrey says. “Sometimes you have to really like it, because you can see the seams. It’s not a mistake; it’s a natural fiber. And you may have a dark line of grass that then goes to a lighter line of grass, but that’s the beauty of grass cloth.” The kitchen is in between the living room and dining room. The natural wood cabinets complement the wood fireplace surround in the living room. To further tie the two spaces together, a natural stone backsplash was installed behind the countertops. “The stone matched up perfectly, with not one uneven cut mark,” Jeffrey says. “It just warmed up the kitchen and really pulled it together. Then the grass cloth in the dining area mimics that natural warmth.” Because it is so important to control the sunlight streaming in through the windows, they opted to keep the minimal but effective window treatments. The soft

The master bathroom features a beautiful soaking tub overlooking the ocean. A faux finish adds texture to the walls and complements the natural stone tiles.

shades are made of translucent fabric panels that rotate to control the light. “You really have to control the light at the beach,” said Jeffrey. “The natural sunlight is wonderful, but you don’t want to walk around with sunglasses in your own home.” Upstairs, the master bedroom received a bold new look that may have cured Lou and Colleen’s fear of color. “They painted the bedroom coral,” Lou says, “and once it was done it was absolutely gorgeous.” The bold color frames the view of the ocean and is complemented by more neutral-colored furniture. “It’s a great spot to just sit and read.” In the master bathroom, the walls are treated with a faux finish to create a glazed look. “It’s just a colorwashed wall,” Michael explains. “You layer color to get an interesting effect. It definitely adds texture and interest to the walls.” The finishing touch, of course, was selecting the artwork. “With clients, you always look for what is best for them, what fits their esthetic,” Jeffrey says. “But we also try to expose people to things that they might not have thought that they liked or known about.” To help with the selection, Michael and Jeffrey brought a number of pieces to the house so Lou and Colleen could see the artwork in the space. “Every

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room is different now, but they all match well. And they loved picking out beautiful pieces of art,” Lou says. Today, Lou and Colleen couldn’t be happier with their beach house. “In the wintertime, it’s a nice little escape. It’s not that far, so when we want to get away, we can do that for a night or two,” he says. “And we love it in the summertime, because we get to bring our kids, and they bring their kids. It’s becoming a real brood!” “It’s really warm and inviting,” Jeffrey says. “Spacious and open, it’s very family friendly. Nothing is off limits.” “We didn’t want to compete with what is going on outside,” Michael says. “The interior is simple, uncluttered and clean. It’s cool and breezy. They have such an amazing view of the ocean, and that was the focus.” “It’s a great place to be, right on Plaice Cove. You’d never know that little cove existed unless you drove down those streets. And there’s no beach in front of our house, so you don’t have gaggles of people out there,” Lou says. “It works out very well for us.” n

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ON THE TOWN Condo living blends past and present in historic Portsmouth Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a city of historic charm, with tempting shops and restaurants nestled along its waterfront streets. Overlooking the Piscataqua River and the iconic Memorial Bridge is a handsome brick and granite multi-story building in the classic Early American style. Located in the historic district, it could easily be a structure from an earlier time, except this one was built in 2008. It offers a mix of retail space on the first floor and residential space on the upper floors. The third and fourth floors are the elegant condominium residence of Peggy Lamb and her husband, Steve. Peggy also operates Botanica, the shop on the ground floor, and rents the second floor condo unit. “We raised our four children in a large 1750 Colonial in Exeter, New Hampshire,” Peggy says. “Once they were grown, the house was too big for us. We decided to look for a small building in downtown Portsmouth, somewhere where we could live up above, and I could have my shop down below. When the previous wooden structure was torn down, and we saw the plans for the building taking its place, we knew this would be a great location. We bought the building, and it has definitely been the right move. It’s quiet but near everything. We can walk to shops and restaurants, Prescott Park — even stroll across the bridge to Kittery.” Peggy and Steve worked with developer Stephen Kelm of Portsmouth and architect Jennifer Ramsey of Somma Studios to design the structure. Peggy also turned to Jennifer for guidance on the look of the interior. While the outside has a Colonial feel, the inside is decidedly present day, offering a mix both eclectic and sophisticated. WRITTEN BY CRYSTAL WARD KENT


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Peggy’s striking foyer features diamonds of black and pine. The dark squares are pine stained black to give the entrance hall a consistent overall texture.

The living room invites relaxation with its cozy furniture and gas fireplace. Cherry bookcases fill one wall, while convenient storage is built in below. A leopard print ottoman adds a touch of fun.

An elevator brings you to the third floor and the unit’s striking foyer. You immediately notice the flooring, dramatic diamonds of black and pine. The black squares are actually pine stained black so the design has the same texture throughout. “The wood floors are all wide pine with a pumpkin stain,” Peggy says. “We got them from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors and have this wonderful wood throughout the unit.” The walls are creamy beige with ivory wainscoting, a striking contrast to the dark floors. These colors, combined with a large mirror framed by two clusters of black-shaded sconces, give the entry a light and airy atmosphere. Below the mirror rests a narrow Hannah Wingate table, adorned with photos, a dish for keys and small pieces of African art. A tall white-bloomed orchid also graces the table and echoes the botanical prints which line the hallway walls. Peggy chose a neutral palette because she liked its restful quality. She used lighter tones to help keep the unit from seeming too dark, since the windows are only at the front and back. The living room is spacious yet cozy with bookcases in rich cherry filling one entire wall. Extensive cabinets below the bookcases provide convenient storage. To one side, a gas fireplace has the same cherry framing the mantle, surround and coordinating wall paneling. Eric Bessemer of Stratham, New Hampshire, and James Rowe of Portsmouth did all the woodwork in the house. Peggy created an inviting space for conversation, watching television or simply relaxing, by delineating the living area with furniture. A curved sofa in a herringbone fabric is flanked by a loveseat in deep green with brown overtones on one side and a red plush chair in a cheery red print on the other. For a touch of fun, she added a double ottoman in a subtle leopard print. In the center, a huge wooden coffee table with legs carved into massive swirls is a handy repository for books, flowers or memorabilia. On the floor, an Oriental rug in rich reds and blues adds a splash of color.

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The kitchen is a dramatic study in black and cream with bold accents of red. All the cabinetry and the island are cherry, stained to look like black walnut. Peggy’s plants enjoy lots of natural light from the two large windows.

The room’s cool beige tones and white trim are a perfect counterpoint to the heavy furniture. Peggy also opted for a coffered ceiling with recessed lights hidden within the framing. “It provides great light, and the beautiful workmanship makes it an element of interest,” she explains. At the other end of the room, a grand piano rests against a brick-walled backdrop. Opposite is a small bar area. From here, French doors let in light and lead to a deck. The living room flows into the kitchen, which is done in bold black and cream with accents of red from two Oriental rugs. The cabinets are cherry but stained to look like black walnut; custom laminates allow the refrigerator and dishwasher to blend with the cabinetry. Even the stove hood continues the look. Also picking up the color scheme are Peggy’s striking pagoda-shaped canisters in red and black with tops molded to look like roosters. The extensive counter is a soft-beige granite flecked with black, white and rust. The same granite appears on the island separating the kitchen from the breakfast nook. High-backed chairs with rush seats provide seating at the island and make an informal dining space. The nook is highlighted with a red brick wall and fitted with a small table, chess set and graceful antique Swedish Mora clock. In one corner rests a double broom from upstate New York. “The broom was a gift and is supposed to bring good luck,” notes Peggy. In the center of the kitchen, a butcher-block island provides extra workspace; it is outfitted with electrical outlets so Peggy can use appliances here as well as on the counters. While the color scheme is sophisticated, the kitchen’s overall feeling is warm and cheerful. Sunlight pours in from a large window over the sink and numerous plants fill the sill. Just outside the kitchen windows, tall trees rise up from plantings around the condominium. “When the trees are leafed out, it’s like being in a tree house,” she says. “We also have flowering trees nearby, and when they are in bloom, it’s just gorgeous.”

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The long, narrow, formal dining room has one wall that is all windows. Done in soft sage green and cream, it immediately conveys a restful ambiance. An unknown craftsman in Bow, New Hampshire, crafted the simple, Early American style table and chairs from maple. The table has unusual curved ends, and Peggy opted for Colonial style chairs on one side, and a three-seat bench with a back on the other. Several intriguing items, including the brass chandelier, highlight the room. The chandelier, made by Architects & Heroes of Austin, Texas, has three linked lamps suspended from a brass bar. The bar has gears that allow you to raise and lower it to adjust the lighting. Also drawing notice is the immense Japanese breakfront, which fills the entire back wall. Dating from 1880, it is an antique Tansu storage chest with intricate sets of drawers and sliding doors. Asian ceramics adorn the top, along with an old bread bowl, circa 1890. In the far corner, Peggy positioned an oldfashioned writer’s chair with its little attached table and drawer for pens and writing tablet. The room’s clean lines allow the minimal and diverse furnishings to command the attention they deserve. Upstairs, the master bedroom is decorated in muted tones of putty, cream, and soft blue with white trim and accents. An elegant spool bed, done in crisp white, is the frequent lounging spot of George, Peggy’s Rag Doll cat. It faces a small, built-in gas fireplace, set into the curve of the wall. Glass cabinets with treasured mementos frame the fireplace. The master bedroom also opens onto its own private deck, which Peggy and Steve enjoy on warm evenings and early summer mornings. Although Peggy and her husband previously lived in the country, they now find that they don’t miss it, and instead enjoy outdoor living on their large deck. The deck is lush with plants and furnished with wrought-iron furniture, which complements the curving wrought-iron staircases leading up to the master bedroom and down to the driveway. Wind chimes tinkle in the breeze, and in summer Peggy and Steve enjoy the music from Prescott Park, just down the street. “We love this location,” says Peggy, whose kitchen is on the 2011 Music Hall Kitchen Tour. “It really is the best of all worlds.” n FOR ADDITIONAL SOURCES, SEE PAGE 119

Previous page: The dining room blends a number of unique elements. A three-seater bench provides seating on the left side of the dining room table. The brass chandelier is comprised of three linked lamps suspended by a brass bar. Gears in the bar allow you to raise or lower the lighting. Dominating the back of the room is a Japanese breakfront, circa 1880. | Above: Outside, the deck is lush with plants. | Below: In the master bedroom, the elegant spool bed is a favorite resting spot for George, Peggy’s Rag Doll cat.

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Previous page: Brilliant magenta Phlox paniculata rings the central fountain in the Chamberlain Garden, named for Joseph Chamberlain, a British statesman and William Endicott’s son-in-law. Chamberlain, an avid gardener known as “Orchid Joe” for his 25 orchid-filled greenhouses, designed and built the garden in the 1890s. The style is formal and Italianate, with a symmetrical layout, strong architectural elements, and a handsome view to the Federal-style Derby Summer House — a national historic landmark — in the distance. Samuel McIntire, the renowned woodcarver and homebuilder from Salem, Massachusetts, designed the summer house in 1794 Above, clockwise: Charles Eliot specified harebell speedwell [Veronica prostrata (syn. rupestris)] in his plan for the Old-Fashioned Garden. Peak bloom comes in late spring to early summer, when vertical flower stems rise above the low, spreading mat of green foliage. | Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is an old-fashioned spring-blooming perennial that self sows in moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. | Spring-blooming Chinese wisteria (W. sinensis), planted in 1899, covers a pergola made of 10 weathered marble pillars with cedar crossbeams. The wisteria-covered pergola marks one end of the Chamberlain Garden’s main axis.

A late spring stroll through the historic gardens at Glen Magna Farms in Danvers, Massachusetts, makes your head spin. Colors shine — magenta peonies, deep pink rhododendrons, and lusty purple wisteria, growing like a thick shag rug on a columned pergola. Oaks and chestnuts ring the edges, and flowerbeds spill color on smooth, green lawns. A fountain here, special trees there, lure you from one garden room to the next. Yet few people in this industrial town are aware that they exist. The gardens are home to a designated National Historic Landmark — the diminutive Derby Summer House, designed and built by Samuel McIntire, Salem’s finest woodcarver and Federal-style architect. In other words, Glen Magna Farms is a revelation. “I’ve heard a lot of people say on their first visit that it’s like finding a hidden jewel,” says Devin Walsh, buildings and grounds restoration manager for the Danvers Historical Society, which owns the property. “Visitors walk around enjoying the flowers and the landscape, or sit on a bench under the wisteria pergola and admire the view. We may be located off Route 1 and Interstate 95, but when you’re on the property, you wouldn’t know it. The leafy trees insulate the noise.”

Glen Magna Farms is the former summer estate of the wealthy Peabody and Endicott families. Fearing a British bombardment during the War of 1812, Joseph Peabody, a rich Salem merchant, moved his family and assets to the original farm. In 1814, he bought the property for his country house, adding neighboring farmland as it became available. At the same time, he hired an Alsatian landscaper to create a garden, now known as the Old-Fashioned Garden. The first garden did not survive, but it kicked off the evolution of a landscape that reached its peak in 1926. That year, Ellen Peabody Endicott, Joseph’s granddaughter, received the Hunnewell Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. The award went to a knowledgeable estate owner with three or more acres tastefully landscaped with rare or notable plants, says Cathy Gareri, the Danvers Historical Society’s operations manager. After inheriting the farm in 1892, Ellen and her husband, William Crowninshield Endicott, intended to make Glen Magna Farms a fashionable estate. She hired Herbert Browne, a Boston architect, to enlarge and redesign the house. He created the Colonial Revival mansion that stands today.

Ellen bought the 20-by-20-foot Derby Summer House, also known as the McIntire Tea House, in 1901. She moved it four miles by cart to Glen Magna Farms from the former countryseat of Elias Hasket Derby, a prosperous eighteenthcentury Salem merchant. The tea house, which became a National Historic Landmark in 1968, embodies the refined neoclassicism of the Federal style. McIntire himself carved the delicate arches, columns, and festoons in 1794. To tie the summer house into the landscape, Browne designed a formal Italianate rose garden, entered through the building’s central arch. Hundreds of heirloom roses once filled the flowerbeds, which are laid out in a geometrical-spoke pattern. He enclosed the garden with a marble-topped high brick wall and covered it with grapevine espaliers.

An estate in Oniontown The family’s decision to stay in Danvers fascinates Gareri. “The Endicotts could have lived anywhere on the North Shore’s Gold Coast between Lynn and Gloucester, in the stylish places where rich Bostonians summered,” she says. “But they chose to be in Danvers. They liked having a working farm.”

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To Schedule A Visit Glen Magna Farms is privately owned by the Danvers Historical Society, which bought the mansion and 11 central acres in 1963 from a Boston developer, who had planned to subdivide it into 175 housing lots. Since then, the society has been restoring the gardens to their glory days from 1892 to 1930. The Town of Danvers purchased another 150 acres of the estate to create the adjacent Endicott Park. Visitors can tour the gardens from 9 a.m. until dusk, Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, unless otherwise posted. Garden admission is $2 per person. For groups of 10 or more, guided tours of the house and gardens, including a box lunch, are offered weekdays from May through October for $20 per person. Phone 978 774-9165 to reserve a space or to find out if the garden is open that day.

In fact, the origins of Danvers were agricultural, though the town turned to manufacturing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Local farmers developed two vegetables, the Danvers half-long carrot, introduced in 1871, and the Danvers onion, which gave the town its nickname, “Oniontown.” Ellen’s daughter-in-law purportedly said of Glen Magna Farms, “This is just a farm — we only have plated silver here,” according to Mac Griswold and Eleanor Weller, authors of The Golden Age of American Gardens (Harry N. Abrams, 1991). Embellishing the grounds became a focus for William, Secretary of War under Grover Cleveland. He and Ellen created a series of garden rooms with the help of friends, family, and design professionals. William’s close friend, Charles Sprague Sargent, was a noted botanist and first director of the Arnold Arboretum. Sargent presented both William and his son with some rare and unusual shrubs and trees for the Shrubbery Garden. At least two gifts from Sargent survive: a royal azalea (Rhododendron schlippenbachii) — “the handsomest of all Azaleas,” Sargent wrote — and “the handsomest of our native wild roses, Rosa virginiana.” Family members, however, collected more than trees and shrubs. “The garden reflects their history and taste,” Gareri says. “The Endicotts were extremely wealthy. They were privy to the latest and greatest gardening innovations. Commercial seed houses were exploding in the area, and they lived in a place where they could take advantage of them. Little nurseries were popping up in nearby towns like Boxford.” When new plants came on the market, William had to try them in the gardens. The Endicotts were not alone in their gardening interests. The late nineteenth century was a golden age of gardening all across America. Many Bostonians with old money and elegant taste took up the gardening mantle with passion. But the Endicotts differed from many prominent families, who hired landscape architects and left the design and installation to them. “From reading the diaries, it seems like Glen Magna Farms was a cooperative effort between the design firms, which provided their technical expertise, and the family, who had the ideas for the gardens and the staff to install and maintain them,” Walsh says. In 1894, William asked Charles Eliot, a landscape architect and partner in the firm of Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot, to redesign the Old-Fashioned Garden. Specifically, William wanted to revamp the borders, which follow the north-south axis connecting the mansion to the gazebo at the far end of the garden. Eliot added new annual and perennial plants, including crested iris (I. cristata), astilbe (A. japonica), bachelor’s button (Centaurea montana), pincushion flowers (Scabiosa caucasica), pinks (Dianthus plumarius), candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), and dwarf speedwell (Veronica prostrata, syn. rupestris) — more than 1,000 plants billed to Endicott for the whopping sum of $93.95.

Left: A deep pink peony stands out against a backdrop of old-fashioned white daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) and Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota), the wild form of the garden carrot. Today, many gardeners consider both Daucus and Leucanthemum self-sowing weeds. Above: Flowers of Hosta and Phlox adorn the Chamberlain Garden in summer. Joseph Chamberlain, father of the British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, placed structural components such as the sundial, fountain, and pergola along the garden’s central axis.

The firm also devised new roads and a circular drive in front of the house. Barns and other farm building that had been close to the house were moved to a distant meadow and screened by plantings. The Endicott staff probably did the installation, since Walsh found no record stating that the Olmsted firm provided labor. Just beyond the Old-Fashioned Garden lies the Chamberlain Garden, created for William by his son-in-law, Joseph Chamberlain. Chamberlain was a successful businessman and British politician, who married Mary Endicott in 1888, when she was 24 and he 51. A keen gardener, Chamberlain visited Glen Magna Farms twice in the 1890s. During those visits, he designed and built the formal Italianate flower gardens, laid out in quadrants and bearing his name. The garden’s Italianate components include its formal axial lines, a broad vista encompassing the Derby Summer House, and architectural features such as the central fountain, paths, statues, and the lush wisteria-covered pergola.

History versus sustainability The Danvers Historical Society rents Glen Magna Farms for weddings and other large events, making it vital that the grounds and buildings always look their best. Because landscapes change with time, grounds manager, Devin Walsh, finds the upkeep both challenging and rewarding. “The cultivated gardens cover about five of the eleven acres,” he says. “We’re enthusiastic about getting them back to their prime. To do this, we have to find a balance between using the exact historical plants and the sustainability of the gardens. The Endicotts had many gardeners, and we have only two. Sometimes we may decide to use a new cultivar of an old, high-maintenance plant such as garden phlox if the new one is disease resistant, needs no staking, saves time, and looks better longer than the original species.” To restore the gardens, Walsh and assistant grounds manager, Matthew Martin, research the archives for plants that were in the gardens from the 1890s to the 1920s. “We

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have the receipts and correspondence to identify the original plant materials and where they grew,” Walsh says. “A lot of the flower seeds and some flowering plants were sent from England by Joseph Chamberlain, William’s son-in-law.” Some plants, however, are no longer welcome in contemporary gardens. For example, hedging material in the Chamberlain garden includes glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus), now on the Massachusetts invasive plants list. In the same garden, Walsh and Martin fight the spread of Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis), spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana), and goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria), all planted as ornamentals in the 1890s. For pest control, Walsh and Martin practice integrated pest management to reduce the use of chemicals on the property. In addition, they apply compost tea to keep plants healthy and prevent disease. “We compost prunings, lawn clippings, and leaves. Once they’ve decomposed, we make our own compost tea with well water, compost, and unsulfured molasses,” Martin says. “We customize the recipe, depending upon whether we’re treating flowers or trees.” Nature tests old gardens. After a dogwood (Cornus florida) that was planted in 1897 split during a recent storm, Walsh realized the need to preserve original trees. “We’re starting to take cuttings from old trees to propagate them,” he says. “It’s an insurance policy for the future.” n FOR A LIST OF SOURCES, SEE PAGE 119

This domed gazebo is a copy of one that Francis Peabody, Joseph Peabody’s fourth son, gave his father in 1840. The onion dome reflects the influence of Francis’s youthful journey to Russia. Plants growing in the rectangular beds include Dahlia ‘Park Princess’, blue-violet Salvia farinacea, Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum, fuzzy blue Ageratum houstonianum, and Senecio cineraria, commonly known as dusty miller.

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What if you tried to photograph everything you threw away for an entire year? Local green artist and activist Tim Gaudreau did just that. His resulting collage, exhibited as far afield as San Francisco, now resides on an office wall at the Green Alliance, of which Gaudreau is a long-standing member. A vortex of bottles, plastic film canisters and other random trash, the piece typifies this Portsmouth native’s practice of melding the worlds of art and green advocacy. Gaudreau, who splits his time between his more issue-driven, eco-artistic endeavors and Tim WRITTEN BY JIM CAVAN GREEN ALLIANCE

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Gaudreau Studios, a commercial photography business, recalls his return to graduate school in 2000, when the immediacy of green issues and politics began steering his artwork in a more activist direction. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the Southwest, and on a mountain hike in California, I remember thinking about how beautiful it was — the fog in the valley, the light shining across the air creating this beautiful atmosphere,” he says. “When I was walking down the mountain, I ran into someone researching the air quality, and he told me it was smog settling in from L.A., 200 miles away. Then it struck me — the dichotomy of simultaneous beauty and ugliness.” Gaudreau evoked this epiphany when he undertook his Self-Portrait, As Revealed in Trash in early 2005. That same dichotomy continues to drive the green artist to still higher levels of creativity and advocacy. Indeed, many of his self-described “performative” art pieces are intended not only to stimulate observers but also to incite and inspire them. For example, Gaudreau created viewers — eye-level frames staked into open hillsides — to show how sprawl could arise. To make his point, he attached to each viewer a transparent sheet imprinted with an image of Wal-Mart or a housing development. Once observers saw how overdevelopment alters the landscape, they would be more apt to consider the consequences of such practices in their own community. Gaudreau’s art is nothing if not interactive and community oriented. In the summer of 2008, Timberland, the outdoor outfitter, commissioned Gaudreau to construct a creative piece to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. The artist built a giant, three-dimensional plastic boot out of recycled water and soda bottles. Designed to foster recognition of which types of refuse can be recycled, the boot measured 7 feet high, 12 feet long and 5 feet wide. Titled Give Plastic the Boot, it would come to serve as a visual cornerstone for Timberland’s international sales campaign, which was rolling out a new line of boots made partly from recycled plastics. Indeed, it would not be the last time that Gaudreau incorporated recycled materials into a piece of advocacy art: a few months later, he shaped recycled bottles into a large faucet, which he donated to help a Washington, DC-based advocacy group lobby on behalf of international water issues. While Gaudreau’s “green art” has in the past fueled conversation, lately he has been trying his hand at more functional pieces. Specifically, Gaudreau has taken to producing furniture made entirely of natural materials — wood, dirt and grass. The whole idea started in casual conversation with his wife, Atlanta, when they became interested in researching how to bring a “truly green” couch into their Portsmouth home. After researching organic fabrics and woods, Gaudreau had the idea of making one entirely out of natural materials. He hammered together a basic wooden form, a mold, and then filled the structure with dirt. Once compacted and dried, he removed the wooden

form and planted organic turf grass all over it. The result was a couch that was as lush and green as it was heavy (Gaudreau’s estimate is close to a ton). It now occupies a prominent spot in his backyard. Gaudreau’s green couches — his own and two others that reside in a Newburyport, Massachusetts, pocket park — may be more practical than a plastic boot, but they are nevertheless conversation starters. “What appealed to me was the idea of having a living sculpture. Sure, it would have to be outside, but that presented its own opportunities,” Gaudreau says. “I recognized that modern society didn’t really afford the time to truly enjoy nature, to just go outside and sit on the grass. So the result was a piece that was really inviting and surprisingly comfortable.” The Portsmouth artist says the response from passersby has been overwhelmingly positive. “I actually had one woman come up to me and say, ‘It’s like the earth is hugging me.’ That really struck a chord with me.” Just as impressive as Gaudreau’s green artwork is his personal commitment to green living. He heats his home and studio with a wood-pellet boiler and passive solar features. Solar photovoltaic panels generate power. As a result, he has not received an electric bill in over six months. Almost all of his appliances are Energy-Star rated, and he and Atlanta drive bio-diesel powered Volkswagens. He tends an organic garden large enough to feed five local families and makes his own flavored seltzer waters in order to eliminate what he describes as a former “four-bottled-drinks-a-day habit.” In his photography business, Gaudreau went digital in 2001, eliminating the chemical-heavy papers, film, and toners that once typified the world of professional photography. The artist’s community involvement includes giving seminars at schools throughout the region. Last year, he partnered with the Islington Creek Neighborhood Association and EcoMovement Consulting and Hauling to form Zero Waste Portsmouth. This organization is spearheading efforts to place the city’s first public recycling and composting receptacles downtown. Fellow Green Alliance member Middleton Building Supply donated materials for the bins. Pupils at Portsmouth’s middle and high schools made the bins' decorative ceramic tiles, while students from Robert J. Lister Academy, a high school for at-risk adolescents, created the prototype waste station, which was installed in August at Prescott Park. Five more bins should be set out by spring. Gaudreau also hosts Portsmouth Green Drinks, a monthly gathering of eco-friendly community members, who socialize and listen to guest speakers. Green concerns will stay front and center for this artist, who would like to design interior spaces and features for green buildings and private residences. Gaudreau wants his work to move people beyond visual appreciation to theoretical discussions and eventually to real eco-change. n


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Fiddleheads, the edible fresh young sprouts of the Ostrich fern, appear in springtime and are a true sign in New England that winter is over. These tender, early growth tips form tightly curled spirals that unfurl when sunlight warms them during the lengthening days of spring. At maturity, the fern’s beautiful fronds resemble ostrich plumes — the inspiration for the plant’s common name. Fiddleheads take their name from the growth tip’s spiral shape, which looks like the scroll at the end of a violin. Another common name is “crosier,” since the coiled end of the young fern is similar to the curved end of a bishop’s staff. If you’re adventurous and want to hunt for fresh fiddleheads, look for them on the banks of rivers, streams and brooks in April and May. You may even find some in early June. They tend to grow in clusters of about three to twelve fiddleheads each. Pick fiddleheads early in the morning while they are still very fresh. If you would like to gather an environmentally friendly harvest, do not remove all the fiddleheads from any one plant. Leaving a few will sustain their growth and help ensure future spring harvests of fiddleheads. The tiny fiddlehead should be tightly curled and should snap off crisply. (Don’t pick or eat the stems.) You can also find fiddleheads at grocery stores in the spring and at early farmers’ markets. What do fiddleheads taste like? Well, their taste is certainly unique and somewhat indescribable. If you had to compare it to something, perhaps the closest approximation would be wild asparagus, or perhaps very early green beans crossed with hints of artichoke. Don’t eat fiddleheads raw, though — you won’t be happy! How do you cook fiddleheads? Wash them carefully and rub them to remove the papery brown skin, called the chaff, from the outside. Tip: Soaking them in cold water for a couple of hours beforehand can make them easier to clean and will also help keep them fresh. Then prepare them as you would fresh asparagus: steam them and serve them with lemon and butter, or follow our recipe for sautéed fiddleheads with garlic. Try adding fiddleheads to salads, pasta dishes or even to an omelet made with a mild creamy cheese. Their flavor goes well with most cheeses, tomato sauce and oriental cuisine, and they are an excellent addition to anything topped with Hollandaise sauce. Fiddleheads are one of the earliest spring harvests and one of the best. Although they are not a commonly found vegetable, we think their flavor is so special that it should be enjoyed every year as an incredible seasonal treat. So, don’t be afraid; try something new this spring. You will soon become a fiddlehead fan and look forward to spring for more than just the warm weather.


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Sautéed Fiddlehead Ferns with Spring Garlic Serves 3–4 Ingredients: 3/4 pound fresh fiddleheads 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced spring (or regular) garlic Salt and pepper to taste 1. Clean and trim the fiddleheads. 2. Bring a medium-sized pot of water to boil and add the fiddleheads. To preserve their beautiful green color, blanch them in the boiling water for 20 seconds; then remove them immediately from the heat and drain them in a strainer. Run the fiddleheads under cold water and allow them to drain completely. 3. Add garlic and olive oil to a medium-sized sauté pan and cook the garlic until just brown. Add the fiddleheads and sauté until cooked thoroughly. They will be done when softened and tender but still have a crisp bite to them. Serve as a vegetable side dish or atop pasta or rice.

Fiddlehead and Cheese Frittata Serves 4–6 Ingredients: 1 pound fresh fiddleheads, cleaned and trimmed, rinsed and patted dry 1 pound fresh wild mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed, rinsed and patted dry 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 10 eggs 3/4 cup grated Monterey Jack or mild cheddar cheese 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon fresh thyme Several grindings of freshly cracked pepper Sea salt to taste 1. Heat a large heavy nonstick skillet over moderate heat; then melt half of the butter and half of the olive oil in it. 2. Add the fiddleheads; sauté them lightly. Remove them from the skillet when cooked thoroughly and set aside. 3. Add the remaining butter and oil, and sauté the mushrooms until they wilt and turn golden brown. 4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, cheese, thyme, and salt and pepper. 5. Return the fiddleheads to the skillet, adding them to the mushrooms. 6. Pour the egg batter into the skillet. Allow it to cook slowly until just firm. n




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Lifestyle | WINE COUNTRY

GOING for gold Wine Suggestions from the American Fine Wine Competition Not only is spring the perfect season to reorganize your closets, renew your gardens, and enjoy the first fabulous flowers, it is also an excellent time to replenish your wine cabinet. This project can be fun, especially if you know where to begin. I suggest starting with wines produced in the United States because of their diversity, enormous selection, and often-excellent quality. While some American wines are costly, you can find many bargains today because of a global wine glut. The following recommended wines come from producers that won gold or double gold medals in the 2011 American Fine Wine Competition, a contest held each January in southern Florida. You can find these wines in New England or order them from the wineries. They represent good value for their high quality.

Chamisal Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2008 This fine Chardonnay comes from Edna Valley near beautiful San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast of California. The wine is rich with citrus and peach aromas, leading to flavors of lemon, pineapple and butterscotch, finishing with hints of toasted brioche, crème brûlée and candied citrus. Enjoy with swordfish, halibut, chicken dishes and creamy pasta sauces. Mumm Napa DVX 2001 From Napa Valley, a very delicate and creamy sparkling wine with aromas of vanilla, butterscotch and oak spice followed by green apple, peach and fresh raspberry flavors. A long refreshing aftertaste with endless bubbles. Serve with appetizers or on its own.


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Open a bottle of Merriam Vineyards... and discover why our vineyards are earning distinction as a world-class winery. We pride ourselves on paying meticulous attention to the endless details that go into making fine wine. No compromises...nothing mass-produced. The result? Our Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc have won numerous awards and are attracting attention from critics, collectors and people who are passionate about wine.

Darioush Signature Chardonnay 2008 A lovely, well-structured white wine from Napa Valley with aromas of citrus and honey leading to flavors of apple, peach, pear and touches of mango. An elegant finish with hints of vanilla and toasted nuts. Pair with chicken, Cornish hen and Alfredo sauce. Talisman Pinot Noir Hawk Hill Vineyard 2007 A fantastic Pinot from the Russian River Valley. There are aromas of dark plum, blackberry, licorice, mineral, and subtle violets, with flavors of blueberry, blackberry, and currant. An intense wine that is juicy and lively. Pairs well with veal and duck.

Enjoy! Acorn Winery/ Alegría Vineyards Sangiovese 2008 Produced in Sonoma, California, this red wine has earthy aromas including toasty oak and black tea with flavors of blueberry, cherry, and mocha. A luscious wine with a long lingering finish. A perfect match for pasta and veal.

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Blackbird Vineyards Arise 2008 A radiant red wine from Napa Valley. There are earthy aromas and flavors of dark cherry, pepper and spice. Enjoy with pork and grilled meats. McKeon-Phillips Cabernet Franc 2006 This wine received the “Best of Show” award, and comes from Santa Barbara County, California. The wine has a gorgeous garnet color with aromas and flavors of raspberry and black currant. It has just enough tannin to create a smooth slow finish. Savor with your favorite steak. Michael David Earthquake Syrah 2006 Located in Lodi, California, the Michael David winery produces this very affordable wine that offers aromas of cherry with delicious spicy flavors along with black cherry, ripe berries, and pepper. Serve with all barbequed and braised meats.

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Late Harvest Riesling 2008 Produced in the Finger Lakes in New York—an area where riesling excels—this dessert wine has aromas of dried apricot and caramel followed by superb tastes of honey and fruit. Try this in place of dessert, or serve with butter cookies. Ravenswood Belloni Vineyard Zinfandel 2008 This rich deep dark wine from Sonoma County boasts an abundance of aromas and flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, cherry and tobacco. Heavenly served with chocolate. n


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Experience the East Coast’s premier wine and food event. “The Festival has become one of the best wine events in the nation, with some RIWKHÀQHVWJOREDO wine talent on hand every year.” – Quarterly Review of Wines

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The Nantucket Wine Festival is proud to announce our selection of Tim Mondavi of Continuum Estate as our Luminary of the Year for 2011. We are pleased to present events featuring winemakers from two of Nantucket’s favorite winegrowing regions: BORDEAUX – an elite tasting of wines from Bordeaux’s famous Saint-Emilion region, featuring 12 great châteaux, led by John Kolasa of Château Canon and Château Rauzan-Segla. This event will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Nantucket’s beautiful Great Harbor Yacht Club. BURGUNDY – All-time NWF favorite Burgundy Luncheon Symposium on Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Nantucket Golf Club will feature six wonderful winemakers from Burgundy.

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Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s Trees by Cédric Pollet (Frances Lincoln Limited. English Edition, 2010) A good book may give you pleasure, but a great book can change the way you see the world. Bark: An Intimate Look at the World's Trees by Cedric Pollet offers insight into some marvels of nature. The images are so surprising and spectacular that they transform how you see the world of trees, particularly their bark. The author shares his passion for trees and their bark in more than 400 photographs, covering nearly 200 species of trees on six continents. From a photo of white poplar bark that looks like a frieze of lips to a Chinese red birch with bark resembling woven cloth or an Abyssinian banana, with bark the colors of a Mark Rothko painting — all the images in this book are both botanically fascinating and pieces of art in their own right. Each tree has a short description, but presenting data is not the point of this book. Bark is about an artist sharing his visual love affair with some of the most majestic and exotic trees in the world. Reviewed by Kerry Michaels

The Revolutionary Yardscape by Matthew Levesque (Timber Press, 2010) Tap into trash, reuse remnants, salvage scrap and generally turn waste into works of art. Matthew Levesque’s first book aims to be a garden DIY revolution. While buildingmaterial repurpose centers have popped up all over the country and are frequently used by homebuilders and construction professionals, until now few have turned their attention towards the garden and how to turn scrap and waste into workable solutions for the landscape. The Revolutionary Yardscape shows readers how to make containers, pathways, lighting, fencing, furniture and all sorts of artful but purposeful and problem-solving projects. Levesque is the program director of the nonprofit Building Resources Center in San Francisco, California, and in this book he makes a case for not only removing trash from waste disposal sites, but also for homeowners creating garden features that are unique and less expensive — particularly for those willing to put in a little elbow grease and ingenuity. Reviewed by Rochelle Greayer 112

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Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways: Big Ideas for Small Backyard Destinations by Debra Prinzing (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2008) I confess to having ulterior motives for reviewing Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways: Big Ideas for Small Backyard Destinations, Debra Prinzing’s book about creating intimate, backyard spaces. Simply put, I want one. As Prinzing notes, “Virginia Woolf had it right. Women (and men, it turns out) yearn for a room of their own.” But instead of a little nook beneath the eaves, she continues, “that room is now a shed [that] serves as an alluring destination for endeavors both practical and passionate.” Accompanied by artistic photographs by William Wright, the 21 spaces featured are intimate outdoor rooms that reflect the personality of their owners. From a 400-square-foot Spanish-style artist’s studio in California, to a tea house inspired by Asian and Texan architectural styles, these elegant hideaways will inspire anyone seeking a change of environment, or a break from the phone or Internet. Prinzing interviews the owners of each space. She gleans their motivation for building a retreat and lays out the materials and design of each. The book is as useful as it is dreamy. Of the 21 hideaways Prinzing profiles, I have two favorites: one that is completely out of the realm of possibilities and a second that I just may be able to convince my husband to build. “A Room with a View” is a spectacular 10-by-14-foot miniature glass conservatory with 43 windows, French doors, a clerestory, fine cabinetry, paved floors, and a chandelier suspended from a lowered ceiling. Enclosed by Douglas fir trees outside a Seattle home, the hideaway is both a retreat for artistic inspiration and a place for entertaining friends. Though I can easily imagine myself doing both, this house is clearly a pipe dream. “Wordplay,” by contrast, is a 14-by-14-foot writer’s studio situated in the Connecticut woods. Double-hung windows create a wall of glass in the room that mimics a child’s playhouse. The gabled exterior is made of beveled wood siding, and the interior walls, floors and ceiling are tongue-and-groove pine boards. The sparseness of the space complements my own Aframe, pine-board chalet and as such, is a realistic option. While not all of the hideaways in Prinzing’s book will attract every reader, anyone contemplating the creation of an outdoor room will take something away from Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways. And in all likelihood, as in my case, a freestanding box that collects dust and rusty tools will no longer suffice. Reviewed by Lynn Felici-Gallant

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resource directory ANTIQUES / COLLECTIBLES Collector's Eye, The,, 132 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH 03885, 603-772-6205 Crawley Falls Antiques, 159 Crawley Falls Road, Brentwood, NH 03833, 603-642-3417 Hanna & Hanna Inc. Conservation & Restoration,, 540-292-1013 APPLIANCES Appliance Warehouse,, Route 1 Traffic Circle, Seabrook, NH 03874, 603-474-8333 ARCHITECTS / ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS Circa Home Design,, 94 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH 03885, 603-778-4849 Great Room Company, The,, 407 The Hill, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-3800 J P Ware Design,, 100 Market Street, Suite 203, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 207-450-2071 Robert Reed Associates,, 433 US Route 1, York, ME 03909, 207-363-8568 Thane Pearson Design,, 470 U.S. Route One, York ME 03909, 207-351-2711 TMS Architects,, One Cate Street, Eldredge Park, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-436-4274 ARTISTS / GALLERIES / FRAMING Jay Schadler Studio & Gallery,, 9 Water Street, Amesbury, MA 01913, 978-388-0717, 978-764-3872 AUDIO VIDEO SYSTEMS / HOME THEATERS Atlantic Home Systems,, 888-409-9251 AUTOMOBILES – DEALERS / ACCESSORIES / REPAIR Carter’s European Auto Repair,, 437 Portsmouth Avenue, Greenland, NH 03840, 603-433-7566 BANKING / INVESTMENTS / FINANCIAL CONSULTANTS Optima Bank & Trust,, Two Harbor Place, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-433-9609 BATHROOM FIXTURES / SUPPLIES Garrett Pillsbury Plumbing & Heating,, 119 York Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043, 207-985-2130 Standard of New England LLC,, 100 West Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-436-1400, 800-225-7747 Ultimate Bath Showroom, The,, 152 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-772-3721 BEDDING Clean Bedroom, The,, Dan’s Crossing, Suite 102, 5 Shapleigh Road, Kittery, ME 03904, 866-380-5892, 207-438-9778 Gardner Mattress,, 135 Lafayette Road, Rye, NH 03870, 603-964-2995 BUILDING, GREEN RESOURCES Green Alliance,, 909 Islington Street, Suite 15, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-817-4694 Greenovations, 599 Lafayette Road, Unit 6, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-319-8219 Home Builders and Remodelers Association of NH,, 119 AIrport Road, Concord, NH 03301, 603-228-0351 Little Green Homes,, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-283-6906 MJW Drywall & Spray Foam Insulation LLC,, 603-601-6283 BUILDING MATERIALS / LUMBER Exeter Lumber,, 120 Portsmouth Avenue, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-772-5933 Highland Hardwoods,, 407 Route125, Brentwood, NH 03833, 603-679-1230 Middleton Building Supply Inc.,, 864 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH 03842, 603-926-7626 | 58 Old Rochester Rd., Dover, NH 03820, 603-742-8200 Ricci Lumber,, 105 Bartlett Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-436-9193

Seacoast Mills Building Supply,, 136 Pine Road, Brentwood, NH 03833, 603-778-4604 CABINETMAKERS / MILLWORK / RESTORATION CARPENTRY North River Woodworks, 181 Hill Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3923, 603-431-4516 CLEANING AND CONCIERGE SERVICES Your Go-To Girl / Safari Cleaning,,, 603-380-0069 CLOSETS – DESIGNERS & ORGANIZATION SYSTEMS Closet Connection, The,, 69 Venture Drive, Dover, NH 03820-5930, 603-742-1131 CURTAINS / DRAPERIES / WINDOW TREATMENTS / INSTALLATION / FILM Advanced Solar Protection,, 92 Sweet Hill Road, Plaistow, NH 03865, 800-551-8468, 603-365-1946 Curtain Shop, The,, 39 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-778-7686 Exciting Windows! by Verticals Etc.,, 122 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH 03862, 603-964-7282, 603-944-2440 Larry’s Custom Interiors,, Larry Lane, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-433-2084 Swags LLC Window Decorating Shoppe,, 499 U.S. Route One, York, ME 03909, 207-363-2009 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS / ELECTRICIANS Martineau Electric Inc.,, 165 Industrial Park Drive, Dover, NH 03820, 603-742-0677 Universal Electric Inc., 64 Deerfield Road, Raymond, NH, 03077, 603-895-6512 FENCE Upright Fence Company Inc.,, 3601 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-422-8797 FIREPLACES / STOVES & PATIO Alternative Hearth & Patio Shoppe,, 102 Lafayette Road, Hampton Falls, NH 03844, 603-926-2084 Jackson Fireplace & Patio,, 4 Depot Road, Hampton Falls, NH 03844, 603-929-5083 FLOORING & FLOOR COVERING G & N Flooring By Design,, 1 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH 03885, 603-772-0396 FLORISTS / NATURAL & SILKS Botanica,, 60 State Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-433-8500 cymbidium floral llc,, 141 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-772-1300 FURNITURE American Traditions Inc.,, 72 Lafayette Road, Hampton Falls, NH 03844 603-926-3007 Cabot House,, 64 Vaughan Mall, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-436-9091 Cottage Home,, 10 Mountain Road, Route 1, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, 207-363-9799 Summer House Furnishings,, 25 Sagamore Road, Foye’s Corner, Rye, NH 03870, 603-319-1655 Thos. Moser,, 149 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032, 207-865-4519 GARDEN & OUTDOOR FURNISHINGS / GIFT SHOPS Backyard Birds & Garden Frills,, 244 US Route One, York, ME 03909, 207-363-8181 Georgie’s Home and Garden,, 7 York Street, Route 1A, York, ME 03909, 207-363-6270 Granite State Rainbow Play Systems,, 3612 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-3777 75 Hancock Road, Peterborough, NH 03110, 603-924-7144 | 957 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, 508-845-5300 Lowery’s Lawn and Patio Inc.,, 549 Portland Street, Route 4, Berwick, ME 03901, 207-384-5903 Nature’s Outpost,, 85 Lafayette Road, Route 1, North Hampton, NH 03842, 603-964-9316

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resource directory GARDEN CENTERS & TOURS / LANDSCAPE MATERIALS / NURSERIES Churchill’s,, 12 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-772-2685 Plant Connection Inc.,, Riverhead, NY 11901, 888-787-5268 Rolling Green Nursery,, 64 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland, NH 03840, 603-436-2732 GENERATORS GP Power Systems,, 119 York Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043, 207-985-2130 GIFT SHOPS / CLOTHING / ACCESSORIES & DÉCOR Les Cadeaux,, 133 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-436-3038 Top Drawer,, 147 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-778-2211 Trends Gift Gallery,, 37 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-778-3770 Worldly Goods,, 37 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-436-9311 GLASS SUPPLY / REPLACE / REPAIR Binswanger Glass Company,, 183 Route 125, #C8, Brentwood, NH 03833, 603-642-4006, 800-240-2871 GOURMET MARKET / GROCERIES / FISH Cornucopia Wine & Cheese Market,, 4 Front Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-772-4447 Philbrick’s Fresh Market,, Lafayette Plaza, Portsmouth, NH 03801 603-422-6758, | North Hampton Village Shopping Ctr., North Hampton, NH 03842 Seaport Fish,, 13 Sagamore Road, Rye, NH 03870, 603-436-7286 HARDWARE STORE / PAINT Arjay's Ace Hardware,, 55 Lincoln Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-772-6054 HEALTH & FITNESS Synergy Health & Fitness Center, 7 Alumni Drive, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-778-6777 HEATING, PLUMBING, AC, GEOTHERMAL / AIR QUALITY D.F. Richard Energy,, 124 Broadway, P.O. Box 669, Dover, NH 03821-0669, 603-742-2020 | 39 Cedar Road, North Hampton, NH 03862, 603-964-2900 | 676 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090, 207-646-0570 Garrett Pillsbury Plumbing & Heating,, 119 York Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043, 207-985-2130 Simply Green,, 900 Islington Street, Suite 15, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-430-9919 Ultra Geothermal Inc.,, 358 Route 4, Barrington, NH 03825, 603-868-7878 HOME BUILDERS / REMODELERS / BUILDING GREEN Big Ocean Builders LLC,, 280 Dowboro Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263, 207-251-2661 Bob’s Coastal Contracting LLC, 207-400-6924 C M Ragusa Builders,, 56 South Road, Brentwood, NH 03833, 603-775-0365, 603-770-8020 Chinburg Builders Inc.,, 8 Newmarket Road, Durham, NH 03824, 603-868-5995 Daybreak Contracting Inc.,, Raymond, NH 03077, 603-895-9276 Dockham Builders LLC,, 27 Benjamin Road, Stratham, NH 03885, 603-775-7035 Hoeft & Hoeft,, 603-502-2245 Houghton Builders Ltd.,, 39 Cedar Road, Unit 3, North Hampton, NH 03842, 603-964-3107 Kevin Roy Builders Inc.,, 64 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH 03885, 603-772-3486 Lang Construction & Renovation,, 603-702-2592 Northway Builders Inc.,, 130 Ledge Road, Suite 2, Seabrook, NH 03874, 603-929-1225 INTERIOR DESIGN & DÉCOR Accent & Design Inc.,, 164 York Street, P.O. Box 352, York, ME 03909, 207-363-7949 C. Randolph Trainor LLC,, 510 Wentworth Road, Brookfield, NH 03872, 603-433-4485


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Hurlbutt Designs,, 53 Western Avenue, Route 9, Kennebunk, ME 04056, 800-405-0777, 207-967-4110 In-Home, 177 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-583-4889 Lisa Teague Studios,, 1 Falkland Place, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-493-4516 Mandeville Canyon Designs,, 28 Front Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-321-0650 Morr Interiors,, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-580-5762, 603-391-5319 NY Interiors – Nicole Yee,, 62 Whipple Road, Kittery, ME 03904, 510-326-5390 IRRIGATION / WATER TREATMENT Epping Pump & Well Company Inc., www., Route 125, East Kingston, NH 03827, 603-679-5299 Rainscape Lawn Sprinkler Systems,, 55 Autumn Pond Park, Greenland, NH 03840, 603-427-1390 KITCHEN & BATH – CABINETRY / DESIGN / REMODELING Area Kitchen Centre/Ricci Lumber,, 105 Bartlett Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-436-9193 Atlantic Design Center,, 627 US Route One, York, ME 03903, 207-363-3004 Eno’s Design Center,, 831 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH 03842, 603-926-8733 Circa Home Design,, 94 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH 03885, 603-778-4849 Lifestyles Kitchens & Baths Fine Cabinetry,, 611 Breakfast Hill Road, Route 1, Greenland, NH 03840, 603-964-1771 PK Surroundings,, 20 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-817-6347 Portfolio Luxury Kitchens / Kevin Roy Builders Inc.,, 64 Portsmouth Avenue, Unit 4, Stratham, NH 03885, 603-772-6042 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS / CONTRACTORS / DESIGNERS / MAINTENANCE Atlas Stoneworks,, 314 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, 207-361-1395 Charles C Hugo Landscape Design LLC,, P.O. Box 263, South Berwick, ME 03908, 207-384-5893, 603-742-1174 Creative Outdoor Solutions,, P.O. Box 137, Fremont, NH 03044, 603-734-2807 Fat Cod Plantscape LLC,, 173 Winnicutt Road, Stratham, NH 03885, 603-773-0122 Holzaepfel Design Landscape Architecture,, 1 Cate Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-433-9366 Jacquelyn Nooney Landscape Inc.,, 483 Harold L Dow Highway, Eliot, ME 03903, 207-439-6075 Lang’s Landscape Services Inc.,, 680 Portsmouth Avenue, Route 33, Greenland, NH 03840, 603-433-3211, 800-882-6962 New England Land Artisan,, Stratham, NH 03885, 800-454-2698 Northern Lights Landscape Contractor LLC,, 409 New Road, Lyndeborough, NH 03082, 603-654-2004, 603-365-5137 Olofson Landworks LLC,, P.O. Box 479, Hampton Falls, NH 03844, 603-642-6377, 603-234-5197 Piscataqua Landscaping Company Inc.,, 26 Maclellan Lane, Eliot, ME 03903, 207-439-2241 Rye Beach Landscaping LLC,, P.O. Box 200, Rye Beach, NH 03871, 603-964-6888, 603-396-7218 Sculptured Earth Designs,, P.O. Box 86, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, 207-451-7357, 603-235-9201 terra firma landscape architecture,, 4 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-430-8388 Visionary Landscapes LLC,, 8 Tenth Street, Newbury, MA 01951, 603-781-3071 LANDSCAPE MATERIALS / STONE / GRANITE Landscapers Depot Inc.,, 59 Route 125, Kingston, NH 03848, 603-642-6677 W.S. Goodrich Inc.,, 99 Calef Highway, Epping, NH 03042, 603-679-5338 LIGHTING / LAMPS / FIXTURES / ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Harbor Lights, The,, Shopper’s Village, Route One, Hampton Falls, NH 03844, 603-926-8500

resource directory Rockingham Electric/The Lighting Center,, 437 Shattuck Way, Newington, NH 03801, 630-436-2310 PLASTIC SURGERY, LASER & AESTHETICS Dr. Kimberly Marble, Core Physicians LLC,, 3 Alumni Drive, Suite 402, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-773-9904, 888-467-8870 Modern Priscilla Aesthetic & Laser Center LLC,, 529 U.S. Route 1, Suite 102, York ME 03909, 207-363-5077 POTTERY Pottery Company, The,, 121 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-770-2968 REALTORS Betty LaBranche Real Estate, Inc.,, 931 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH 03842, 603-926-4013 Carey & Giampa – Amy Pender,, 560 High Street, Hampton, NH 03842, 603-929-1100, 603-502-8488 Olde Port Properties,, 26 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-661-6823, 603-766-0424 Ocean’s Edge Real Estate,, P.O. Box 1135, Rye, NH 03870, 603-601-0444, 603-502-4627 Samonas Realty,, 111 Bow Street, Portsmouth, N H 03801, 603-319-8100 RESTAURANTS / CATERING / LODGING Ale House Inn,, 121 Bow Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-7760 Brazo,, 75 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-0050 Epoch Restaurant and Bar,, Two Pine Street, Exeter, NH 03833, 603-778-3762 Green Monkey, The,, 86 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-427-1010

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Library Restaurant, The,, 401 State Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-5202 On The Marsh Bistro,, 46 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, ME 04043, 207-967-2299 Ristorante Massimo,, 59 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-436-4000 Seacoast Catering,, Portsmouth, NH, 603-828-6205 SPAS / SAUNAS / POOLS / HOT TUBS / POOLS Great Bay Spa & Sauna,, 275 Constitution Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 800-436-8893 TILE – DESIGN / DEALERS / INSTALLATION / REPAIR Portico Fine Tile & Design,, Breakfast Hill Plaza, U.S. Route One, Rye, NH 03840, 603-964-3383 TREE SERVICES – MAINTENANCE / REMOVAL Seacoast Tree Care LLC,, 17 Barbour Road, Hampton, NH 03842, 603-431-0101 Suntree,, 26 Maclellan Lane, Eliot, ME 03903, 603-740-4300 Urban Tree Service,, 119A Walnut Street, Rochester, NH 03866, 603-332-1246 WATERSCAPES – DESIGNERS / INSTALLATION / REPAIR Chester Hollow Water Gardens,, 119 Haverhill Road, Route 121, P.O. Box 53, Chester, NH 03036, 603-887-7874 WINDOWS & DOORS – DEALERS / INSTALLATION Pella Windows & Doors,, 25 Fox Run Road, Suite 2, Newington, NH 03801, 800-859-0512 Selectwood,, 275 Constitution Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 800-922-5655

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advertisers Accent And Design Inc. ............................................32 Advanced Solar Protection ........................................60 American Traditions Inc. ............................................30 Appliance Warehouse ................................................7 Atlantic Design Center ................................................9 Atlantic Home Systems ................................................6 Atlas Stoneworks ......................................................49 Binswanger Glass Company ......................................69 Bob’s Coastal Contracting LLC ....................................69 Bonta ....................................................................22 Botanica ..................................................................2 Brazo ....................................................................15 C. Randolph Trainor LLC ............................................22 Cabot House ............................................................6 Carey & Giampa Realtors - Amy Pender ......................36 Carter’s European Auto Repair ..................................108 Charles C Hugo Landscape Design LLC ......................79 Chester Hollow Water Gardens ..................................98 Chinburg Builders Inc. ..............................................45 Churchill’s................................................................57 Closet Connection, The ............................................31 Cornucopia Wine and Cheese Market ........................64 cymbidium floral llc ..................................................64 D. F. Richard Energy ..............................................104 Eno’s Design Center ..................................................28 Epic Oriental Rugs ....................................................28 Epoch Restaurant and Bar ..........................................65 Exciting Windows! By Verticals Etc. ..............................1 Fat Cod Plantscape LLC ..............................................4 Georgie’s Home & Garden ........................................24 G & N Flooring By Design ........................................32 Granite State Rainbow Play........................................61 Great Bay Spa & Sauna............................................27 Green Alliance, The ..................................................36 Green Monkey ........................................................15 Hanna and Hanna Inc. ............................................31 Hoeft and Hoeft ......................................................48 Holzaepfel Design Landscape Architecture ....................30 Houghton Builders Ltd. ................................................3 Jacquelyn Nooney Landscape Inc. ..............................59 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines..........................................89 JP Ware Design..........................................................8 Landscapers Depot ..................................................98 Lang Construction & Renovation ................................102 Lang’s Landscape Service ........................................100 Larry’s Custom Interiors ..............................................24 Library Restaurant, The ..............................................26 Lifestyle Kitchens and Baths Fine Cabinetry....................34 Lisa Teague Studios ....................................................2 Lowery’s Lawn and Patio Inc. ......................................67 Mandeville Canyon Designs ......................................34 118

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Merriam Vineyards..................................................110 Middleton Building Supply Inc. ..................................10 Modern Priscilla Aesthetic & Laser Center LLC ................27 Morr Interiors ..........................................................34 Music Hall Kitchen Tour ............................................20 Nantucket Wine Festival ..........................................111 Nature’s Outpost ......................................................23 Northern Lights Landscape Contractor LLC ....................13 Olofson Landworks LLC..............................................37 On The Marsh Bistro ..............................................110 Optima Bank & Trust ................................................36 Peter Paul Wines ......................................................38 Piscataqua Landscaping Company Inc. ........................52 PK Surroundings ................................................19, 35 Plant Connection, Inc. ..............................................99 Pocket Garden Tour ..................................................20 Portfolio Luxury Kitchens ............................................17 Portico Fine Tile Design..............................................41 Portsmouth A La Carte ............................................113 Ristorante Massimo ................................................108 Robert Reed Associates..............................................42 Rockingham Electric: Harbor Lights/The Lighting Center ....Outside Back Cover Rolling Green Nursery ..............................................59 Rye Beach Landscaping LLC ......................................62 Seacoast Catering ....................................................15 Seacoast Mills Building Supply ..................................60 Seacoast Tree Care LLC ............................................88 SeasonS At Calmore ................................................65 Selectwood ............................................................38 Sculptured Earth Designs........................Inside Front Cover Southeast Land Trust of NH Earth Day FilmFest ..............20 Standard of New England LLC....................................47 Stella Artois ..........................................................114 Summer House Furnishings ........................................19 Suntree ................................................................100 Synergy Health & Fitness Center..................................47 Thane Pearson Design ............................................102 TMS Architects ........................................................25 Top Drawer ............................................................64 Trends Gift Gallery....................................................64 Ultimate Bath Showroom, The ................Inside Back Cover Ultra Geothermal ......................................................36 Upright Fence Company Inc. ....................................103 Urban Tree Service ................................................104 Visionary Landscape LLC............................................56 WERZ - Clear Channel Radio ..................................113 WS Goodrich..........................................................56 WXRV Radio - The River ..........................................112 Your Go-To Girl / Safari Cleaning ..............................68

sources 29 A Cook’s Dream Carlisle kitchen, Adams & Roy,, 603 749-1673 (Adams) and 603 498-2583 (Roy) | Peter Happny, blacksmith,, 603 436-4859 | PKsurroundings, Janice Page, 603 817-6347 | Flooring: Carlisle Wide Plank Floors,, 800 595-9663 | Blake kitchen: Audia Woodworking, Tim Audia, 603 817-1309 | Eno's Design Center,, 603 926-8733 39 A Colorful Collaboration INTERIOR DESIGNERS: Mandeville Canyon Designs, 603 321-0650, | Morr Interiors, 603 580-5762, | LOCAL ARTISANS: Bridget Bleckmann, Penumbra Textiles, | Rose Bryant, | Greg Durant, G & N Flooring By Design, | Tracy Glover, | Matthew Smith, Quincy Pond Print Works, 80 On The Town Chandelier: Architects and Heroes, Four Hands,, 512 371-7575 | Kitchen countertops and island granite: Boston Granite Exchange,, 978 372-8300 90 Secret Eden Danvers Historical Society archives, 978 777-1666, | The Golden Age of American Gardens: Proud Owners, Private Estates, 1890-1940 by Mac Griswold and Eleanor Weller, Harry N. Abrams, 1991 101 Life as Art Tim Gaudreau Studios,, 603 436-1221 | Middleton Building Supply, 603 742-8200 (Dover); 603 926-7626 (Hampton), 105 Springtime Harvest Jonathan King and Jim Stott, Stonewall Kitchen, 800 826-1752, 53 When the Primrose Path Goes Oceanside Joe Pye Weed’s Garden, | Neil Jorgensen Landscape Design, 207 438-9900 | Martha Petersen Landscape Design, 207 438-9900 Photography left to right: Nat Rea, Tim Gaudreau, Greg West

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MUST HAVE Angelface Pink Improved Angelonia Full sun, 18–24 inches With non-stop bloom and a fragrance reminiscent of grape soda, it is no wonder that Angelonia angustifolia is fast becoming the go-to annual for summer gardeners. This vibrant, hot-pink Angelonia is no exception. It is heat- and droughttolerant and low-maintenance — a showstopper en masse in the garden, as a cut flower or in a container.

MUST DO Combine hot-pink Angelonia with Dolce Licorice Heuchera, Stratosphere White Gaura and Soprano Purple Osteospermum Design a container using coordinated colors, beginning with the purple hues in the throat of the pink Angelonia. Place the Angelonia in the center or back of the planter for height, and add wispy white Gaura lindheimeri as filler and for movement. Then round out the edges with blackish purple Heuchera for texture and floriferous purple Osteospermum to tie it all together.

MUST SEE A finished planter that rivals any professionally designed container Voilà. This container combination is not only striking, it is lowmaintenance. All plants within it tolerate drought and require little or no deadheading. Water as needed, and this striking container combination will reward you all summer with continuous bloom. Look for these and other container combinations at your local garden center or nursery. Written by Lynn Felici-Gallant Photography courtesy of Proven Winners ®


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