When a garden changes hands…

Last May I spent a morning with Rich Pomerantz photographing three of my gardens.  Normally I shoot all of my own photos, but I have never been able to get decent images of these three, so I brought in Rich to shoot them for me.

The garden was a reinvention of an early 20th century estate garden on a historic property that had fallen to ruin.  In its previous incarnation, 2 full time gardeners lived on the property and cared for it.  They had access to a small greenhouse, potting shed and gardeners cottage which have been partially restored.  There is also coldframe that is in such bad shape it could qualify as a partial archeological site.

Fast forward to 2011.  The property has been sold again and the garden that I built for may not survive the new owners.  To me that makes the following photos (all by Rich) so special.  It reminds me that gardens are always ephemeral…one minute in one is never the same as the next.

Peony walk with rose arbors
Salvaged fountain
A view across the interior lawn
Curtain wall with perennials

6 thoughts on “When a garden changes hands…

  1. Susan,
    Certainly a wistful moment, like a friend moving far away. Perhaps this door is not closing but opening to a new vista.

  2. Or the new owners may have bought the property for the garden…

    Still, it is hard to resist the urge to put one’s own stamp on things, so it may indeed change. But as you say, gardens are ephemeral and none of us actually owns a garden anyway.

  3. We can only hope that the new owners get how to carry the garden forward and fulfill it’s design intet as it grows, not do that which ruins it. Still waiting for such a person, but no dice so far!

  4. Yes wot happens after we have finished our job is quite interesting.
    We saw one of our designs the other day where quite clearly the gardener just has too much latitude and no feeling for the essential design and has begun even just after a year to put things in which will spoil the planting.
    Hope they like and keep your work.
    Its worth them getting a card or even better a letter!

  5. Trees I have to think are one of the biggest ‘garden changers.’ They can start up unnoticed or even encroach further and further each season on the sunny open spaces. The oldest and largest of them are cities actually for all forms of life which can astound you if you look carefully. I often wonder on much older properties at the vestiges of critter populations that remain intact when all around them are being developed, or suburbanized. For example I stood by a tree and happened to look over at the trunk to see the largest tortoishell colored slug I had ever seen in my life! Foxes seem to hang on in much older areas until the ubiquitous coyote hunts them to extinction, here in US. Nature is forever reclaiming her variety whenever she can!

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