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My Country House Gardens A Nantucket Garden Tour Visit America’s Best Private Gardens with

The Garden Conservancy


Welcome Hello friends! I believe that the idea of a Country House lifestyle is all about creating inviting and relaxed surroundings. A place you call home that celebrates the warmth and comfort of a home and its distinct seasons. I hope to inspire you to have a little Country House in your everyday life, to see the honest beauty in a garden. No matter where you call home, city or country or in-between, a garden—big or small— has much to offer. It’s all about the simplicity of Country House living that we can share. I want to bring you to my country house, what I call my Connecticut Country House (p.8), to introduce you to my favorite garden plants as we squish along in our muck shoes in and around the gardens. Come along with me to the island of Nantucket (p.130), where I hope to inspire you to take your own garden tours street side—quietly taking in the beauty of thoughtful gardens that surround us. The best way to learn about gardening and garden design is to experience gardens in person. Nora Murphy Country House is proud to collaborate with the Garden Conservancy, a non-profit organization that is committed to saving and sharing outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration for us all. Take a peek at a sampling of stunning private gardens (p.196) that will be open to the public during the Conservancy’s Open Days program. Wherever there’s a garden, it truly warms my heart and soul. I hope this issue will inspire and speak to your heart and soul as well. “The Amen! Of Nature is always a flower.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes Happy gardening! Love,

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contents Welcome 2 All Around My Country House There’s Always Something Blooming 36

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Country House Garden Snippet Planning A Garden Is Like Arranging A Bouquet 38 Every Garden Needs A Good Foundation 40 Country House Garden Snippet - A Dreamy Bouquet 70 True Companions 72 Country House Garden Snippet - Garden Basket 82 Fragrance in & Out Of The Garden 84 Living Color 100 Country House Garden Snippet - High Spirited Bouquet 126 Country House Garden Snippet - Posie Panache 128

Sightseeing My Way

A Nantucket Garden Tour

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Making an Entrance 134 Window Boxes 144 Hydrangea Love 160 Climbing Glory 170 Pathways & Driveways 182

Garden Previews

Garden Conservancy Open Days The Frey Garden, California 198 Sylvia Davatz’s Garden, Vermont 204 Broccoli Hall, New York 214 Landscape Designer Andrew Grossman’s Display Gardens, Massachusetts 220 Michael & Betsy Gordon’s Garden, New Hampshire 228 The Barlow Mountain Garden of Helen Dimos & Benjamin Oko, Connecticut 236 © 2018 Nora Murphy Country House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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I view the land that Connecicut Country House was built on in 1767 as a floor plan, taking into consideration all of the house’s sight lines. I’m always mindful that the views from inside the house looking out, are as attractive as the multiple views looking towards the house.

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HONORING SIMPLICITY. A warm welcome is in tune with the seasons, from the walkway to the door, to the sights and scents that greet you. It’s in the layers of thoughtfulness that creates the best of first impressions. By simply flanking the front door with what’s thriving each season is an honest and low maintenance solution.

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Faux Real. There’s nothing wrong with changing up the flowers on your entrances from faux to live. A pair of English Ivy and Eugenia topiaries take turns framing the Coop’s front door, while the baskets of blooms interchange from spring’s living petunias to faux white hydrangeas that best withstand hot summer days. spr ing/summer 2018

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Spring is about new beginnings...another opportunity to start out right. Every garden is unique. The property, the sunlight, the weather conditions, and the style all need to work in harmony.

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Looking good. Petunias will keep blooming if they’re regularly deadheaded. When the stems get too leggy, cut them back to the edge of the container, give them a dose of liquid fertilizer, and they’ll start growing and re-blooming again.

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A blushing beauty. The Burkwood Viburnum is strategically planted at the entrance to Connecticut Country House, so all who enter in the month of May will enjoy its incredible fragrance wafting through the air as they come up the walk.

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Fairies in the garden. Fairy roses surround the southwestern facing stone patio, and thrive in their full sun location.

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Play well together. Russian Sage works beautifully as filler in my Fairy rose bed, as does the English Ivy that creates a lush, dark green backdrop. spr ing/summer 2018

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My gardens range from rose beds to daylily borders to mixed perennial beds anchored by mature shrubs like rhododendron and weigela. Each has their distinct needs and personalities.

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Country House Garden Snippet

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Planning a Garden is Like Arranging a Bouquet

I approach the building of my flowerbeds in the same way I build a bouquet. It all starts with a good foundation of greens. Here I’ve created structure by starting with full flowering branches of Fuzzy Deutzia and wild roses. Ethereal chartreuse Lady’s Mantle flowers come next (a great filler in the garden as in an arrangement). ‘Karl Rosenfield’ peonies are the crowning touch in color, scale, and fragrance! spr ing/summ er 2018

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Flowering shrubs are an integral part of the Country House garden. They establish the structure and add volume to flower beds.

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While we’re waiting for the smaller scaled perennials to bloom, flowering shrubs, like the weigela shrub here, kick off the spring season as stunning showstoppers. spr ing/summer 2018

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Garden Talk Video Nora shares her spring gardening tips with WFSB’s Better Connecticut co-host, Scot Haney. Click here to view videos featuring Nora as Lifestyle Contributor to WFSB.

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Spirea japonica and Rose of Sharon (left) are spring bloomers that add delicate texture to gardens and cut bouquets.

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My Snowball Viburnum shrub likes its spot where it soaks in the morning’s full sun and the afternoon’s partial shade.

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“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Three very different rose shrubs. The Fairy roses are multi-flowered low growers, Rosa Rugosa tends to grow more upright, and the small wild ramblers are lovely draped over a stonewall.

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From the andromeda (above) to the rose hedgerow that’s set off by a bed of ‘Silver King’ Artemisia, the contrasting textures add so much interest.

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“If you don’t know what’s meant by God, watch a forsythia branch or a lettuce leaf sprout.” - Martin H. Fischer

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Big, bold, and beautiful! The Fuzzy Deutzia shrub plays a key role in breaking up a very long flowerbed. It blooms in May and is perfectly coordinated with the green and white striped hosta leaves growing at its base.

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Bridal Veil Spiraea

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The graceful arching branches of my ‘White Wedding’ Hydrangea shrub blooms in huge creamy white flowers, and will grow to be 6' high and about 4' wide.

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Scale with the house. In spring, I pot up a pair of Butterly bushes to dress-up my back patio, and come fall, I plant them into the gardens.

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Loving shovelfuls. Adding homemade compost (what I call ‘Black Gold’) to the base of my shrubs, along with Espoma’s Plant ToneTM (an all-natural plant food for trees, shrubs, and flowers) is done every spring, and gives the Butterfly Bush a healthy, fresh start.

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Mint

Bouquet a Dreamy

A cottage garden-style bouquet is filled with old-fashioned flowers in a palette of soft hues.

The best time to cut flowers is either early in the morning or late in the day. Take a bucket of cold water into the garden with you and as you cut each stem, stick it right into the water. As you arrange the flowers, using sharp shears, be sure to cut each stem on an angle. The ends of woody stems (like flowering branches) need to be smashed with a hammer so the plant can take in water.

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These unsung heroes of the garden fill spaces and provide texture.

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Front and center. Hostas fill voids in my garden beds. When they become overcrowded, I’ll divide them early in the season before they leaf out. Their long stemmed delicate, lavender flowers, as well as their striped leaves add whimsy to my cut arrangements.

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Ferns planted in masses look best in natural settings and perfectly fit in at the base of the old stonewall.

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Stachys, a.k.a. Lamb’s Ears.

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Baptisia, a.k.a. False Indigo

Foliage in assorted shapes, sizes, textures, and colors are important in “filling” a garden. Artemisia ‘Silver King’

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Gooseneck Loosestrife is an invasive plant that quickly fills in areas that are located in full sun or partial shade. They flower from July through September, and the more you cut them, the more they’ll keep blooming!

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One of the greatest joys of gardening is taking that first whiff of a very fragrant bloom. There’s nothing like it in a border, at the entrance to a walkway, as a single cut flower or an abundant bouquet.

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Peonies

are my absolute favorite! They bloom early to mid-June, and I’m strategic about when I cut flowers for bouquets. A full-blown flower will not last long, so cut stems with blooms that are half-way open, and give your finished bouquet a fine mist of cool water.

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Mock Orange

The orange blossomy fragrant flowers of the Mock Orange are second to none. This shrub is easy to grow and maintenance free! When an older shrub looks like it needs a re-fresh, cut the entire shrub back to the ground.


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Lilacs

The lilac shrubs are what I impatiently wait for each spring. It amazes me just how much one cut flower stem can fill a room with its sweetest scent! The best time to prune your lilacs is immediately after the flowers have faded.

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Roses

My ‘Eden’ rose, also known as Rosa ‘Pierre de Ronsard’ (named after a great French poet), is an old-fashioned delicate, cup-shaped rose that blooms from June through September and is made up of 70 fragrant petals!

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Herbs

Aromatic herbs, like mint, lemon balm, catmint, lavender, and scented geraniums appeal to the senses and are lovely fragrant touches I incorporate into my gardens, arrangements, and home.

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Living Color T H E S TA R S O F T H E G A R D E N

At Connecticut Country House, you’ll find bright, happy shots of color that spark contrasts throughout my gardens during any of the 3 growing seasons.

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Rosa Rugosa

Planting A Rose Shrub Video Nora and WFSB’s Better Connecticut co-host, Scot Haney, show how to plant a rose shrub. Click here to view videos featuring Nora as Lifestyle Contributor to WFSB.

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A simple flat of mixed Cosmos popped into a basket makes a dramatic statement. When they’re ready to be planted, add them to your perennial garden for colorful blooms all summer long.


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Brilliant blue beauties: Siberian Iris in the spring, and ‘Nikko Blue’ Hydrangea in the summer through the fall. spr ing/summer 2018

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There is no blue like the blue cup the tall delphinium holds up. - Louise Driscoll

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Yellow accents. In summer, brilliant yellow coneflowers reach towards the sky over 5 feet high, as the day lilies stretch out following the sun.

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Have you ever seen a yellow peony? I hadn’t until I found this Itoh peony, ‘Bertzella’, at my local nursery. Named after the Japanese nurseryman Toichi Itoh, who in 1948 was the first to succeed at crossing yellow tree peonies with the common garden peony to cultivate this beautifully bushy peony plant that creates blooms the size of dessert plates!

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Putting down roots. Daylilies will grow for many years with minimal care, but the plants will produce more flowers if they’re divided about every 5 years in late summer after they’re done blooming. Dig up the entire plant and cut the clump apart into smaller portions. Before replanting, use shears to trim the foliage back to a height of 6”.


A pretty cottage-like edging for paths and front of borders, Lady’s Mantle is a perennial that first blooms in June, and with timely deadheading, will re-bloom again in summer.

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Astilbes, with their delicate plumes, love a shady locale and need very little attention. The beautiful color and texture of its flowers (and leaves) make them perfectly at home at the base of my Andromeda and Azalea shrubs.


‘Pink Beauty’ Boltonia Asteroids, is a native American wildflower that grows to 4 feet tall and is related to the aster. Its wild, billowy look is a perfect filler in the back of a perennial garden, and makes a great cut filler in late summer arrangements.

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Perennials & Annuals. Echinacea, a.k.a. coneflower, is a beautifully bold perennial, and Zinnias are perfect in a garden’s border. They brilliantly bloom all summer through fall, and are one of my favorite cut flowers in my summer/fall arrangements.

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High Spirited

Bouquet A colorful mash-up! This bouquet screams summer, and that’s what I love about it! My perennial gardens pop with these bright hues in late spring into summer, and make up the most joyful bouquets.

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Posie Panache

EDIBLE FLOWERS ADD SPLASH TO FOODS

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Sightseeing My Way A NANTUCKET GARDEN TOUR

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As a designer and gardener, I’ve been inspired by the remarkable gardens of Nantucket ever since we spent our honeymoon there over 30 years ago. Since then, every summer getaway on Nantucket would not be complete without my own self-guided garden tour viewed from the wonky old brick sidewalks in town. From the pristine lawns, with equally pristine perennial beds in glorious bloom, to the remarkable window boxes brimming with flowering plants found under the windows of 18th and 19th century homes— I’m equally inspired.

So come and walk with me!

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Making an Entrance N ANT UCKE T S T YL E

Tucked away or front and center, these Nantucket homes are embellished with the best exterior design elements.

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The beauty of a shaped boxwood hedge creates a sense of wonder and privacy.

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Making an entrance


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Rounded arbors with gates make charming entries to romantic flower-filled cottage gardens. 140

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Petunias in a palette of pinks and purples compliment both house facades and their hydrangea-filled pocket gardens. spr ing/summer 2018

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Dramatic colors in a combination of tall and low, and trailing plants make this house a showstopper! spr ing/summer 2018

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White on white petunias and alyssum dress up a traditional white facade.

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The personalities of these cottage garden window boxes are so joyful and charming.

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Hydrangeas grow all over the island. Whatever’s in the soil, the water or the air makes them hearty and incredibly prolific. spr ing/summer 2018

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Climbing roses on Nantucket grey trellises add texture and interest to any facade. spr ing/summer 2018

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A wild, rambling Morning Glory accents the front door and adds an air of quaint informality. 174

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Bright white gravel compliments the feeling of summer.

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Recycled old brick creates a mellow, time honored look.

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Low-maintenance grass between the stones creates a carpet of color and interest.

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Garden Previews GARDEN CONSERVANCY OPEN DAYS WE ARE PLEASED TO GIVE YOU A PEEK AT SIX OF THE 300+ PRIVATE GARDENS THAT WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE GARDEN CONSERVANCY’S OPEN DAYS 2018.

To Purchase the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Directory or order tickets click here or go to: gardenconservancy.org/store/2018-open-days-directory

Your ultimate garden-visiting guide. New features in the 2018 Open Days Directory offer more ways to make the most of your garden visiting: • descriptions and visiting information for hundreds of private gardens from coast to coast • listings for public gardens, nurseries, Digging Deeper special events, and more • colorful maps • state-by-state and date indexes • beautiful color photographs • expanded editorial • one free garden visit ticket

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Inspiration Awaits

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Frey Gardens

Hopland, California June 2, 2018 www.gardenconservancy.org

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Frey Gardens is a one-acre sustainable, colorful, and profuse habitat garden. The garden is seven years old, and is composed of a naturalistic mix of native plants and others that attract a wide variety of birds and insects. 200

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The gardens feature many rustic structures such as benches, whimsical gate posts, a bar, a chicken coop, and a hermit’s hut.

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Sylvia Davatz’s Garden Hartland, Vermont June 17, 2018

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Sylvia grows seed of rare and endangered vegetable varieties, and collaborates with her neighbor, Brian Stroffolino’s Heartland Farms on growing seed for their catalogue.

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Sylvia’s garden also includes many permaculture features.

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Cobble stone paths meander through pollinator-supporting perennial beds.

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Broccoli Hall

Amenia, New York June 16, 2018 www.gardenconservancy.org

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Starting in 1985, homeowner Maxine Paetro collaborated with horticulturalist Tim Steinhoff to create a series of enchanting garden “rooms�.

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Visitors to Broccoli Hall describe this English-style cottage garden as “incredible”, “inspirational” and “magical”.

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The gardens, which border the Martin Wildlife Refuge and the Runnins River, showcase a wide variety of perennials, shrubs, and grasses.

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Andrew Grossman’s Display Gardens Seekonk, New York June 3, 2018

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The property includes a cottage garden planted with abundant roses and other old-fashioned favorites.

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A hot-colored garden is highlighted by a checkerboard thyme patio, and a rustic pond is surrounded by bog plantings.

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Michael & Betsy Gordon’s Garden

Peterborough, New Hampshire June 16, 2018 www.gardenconservancy.org

This small garden in the village was designed by a plantsman to be an extension of the house.

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The house and garden are situated on a hill, and the garden is terraced on three levels. The upper level was intended to be enjoyed from the street.

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The middle level is laid out formally, using yew hedges and a century-old granite wall foundation to create a garden room.

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The Barlow Mountain Garden of Helen Dimos & Benjamin Oko Ridgefield, Connecticut June 2, 2018 www.gardenconservancy.org

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This 1735 saltbox house of landscape designer Helen Dimos and Dr. Benjamin Oko is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

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The house is surrounded by perennial gardens that feature peonies, clematis, irises, and roses.

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The gardens also include boxwoods, hydrangeas, viburnum, calycanthuses, and rhododendrons.

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