The LOWER GARDEN can be seen from ground level as well as from porches and decks on the Main House and the Carriage House.
In England in the late-nineteenth century, Gertrude Jekyll distinguished herself as a horticulturist, garden designer and as an artist. The Arts and Crafts Movement provided a philosophical and artistic backlash to the results of the Industrial Revolution. Nature was revered. The Earth and its colors were subjects in art and design. The popularity of gardens spilled over into magazines and books. Ms. Jekyll's designs often used mass plantings of a single variety, called "drifts", to create the appearance of a less formal garden. While her popular "herbaceous borders" appeared to be casual, almost natural, they were very well planned. Borders are a series of repeated patterns of color, texture and size. Although they might appear haphazard, she referred to them as "ordered chaos".
Having taken some ideas from Gertrude Jekyll's work, the Innkeeper created a combination of a patterned plan, massed planting of single varieties, and grouped plantings that are repeated in the garden.
Designed in 1995, the Lower Garden incorporates a central "wheel" pattern of radiating pea gravel paths lined with over 250 boxwoods (Buxus sempervirens) with benches at each end point. The resulting "pie slice"-shaped beds are planted each with one primary type of plant.
The steeper side of the garden is terraced to create additional planting areas using short dry stack stone walls. Wood and pea gravel stairs take you into the garden.
Hundreds of perennials and shrubs are punctuated with dwarf tree varieties The color scheme is primarily rose and purple, except in full Summer when more reds and oranges serve to attract both hummingbirds and butterflies..
Some of the plants include English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), varieties of hardy geranium (G. incanum "Johnson's Blue" and G. sanguininium), varieties of hosta, peonies (P. lactifolia "Sarah Bernhardt", "Duchesse de Nemours", "Karl Rosenfield"), climbing roses (R. "Zephirine Droughin"), clematis (C. jackmanii), irises, Cana lilies (C. "Bengal Tiger") and herbs. Among the Innkeeper's favorite plants are several varieties of alliums including A. cristophii, A. shubertii, A."Globemaster", A. "Mt. Everest", A. spaerocephalon.