Douglas Hunt
Douglas Hunt
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  • New Smyrna Beach, FL

Fred Bland's anything-but-bland garden


Have I mentioned how much a fan I am of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program? (Why yes, I have: http://www.hometalk.com/3342053/when-secret-gardens-open-their-doors ) This weekend, thanks to Open Days, I got a chance to visit the coastal Connecticut garden of the chairman of the board of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Mr. Bland's is a true plant collector's garden, with more than 1,400 species of trees, shrubs and perennials packed in an acre, and he had never opened it the public before. Lucky us!
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Exuberant borders along the side of the property.
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A wonderful spot for a tete-a-tete.
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One of my spring favorites, the doublefile viburnum, Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum.
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Clematis in an ethereal shade of lavender.
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Baptisia "Purple Smoke."
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Nectaroscordum, a fall-planted bulb.
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Wonderful architectural details abound, tying the property together.
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The Wave Hill garden chair, now appearing in gardens everywhere.
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A stunning planting of hostas under the amazingly sculptural trunk of an old lilac.
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More colorful seating.
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Succulents in a low stone planter...
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...and on the roof of a birdhouse!

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  • HoopHasIt
    on Aug 3, 2014

    Wow, Douglas this is wonderful!

  • Three Dogs in a Garden
    on Aug 4, 2014

    Love the chairs and the gate by the pool. Beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing Douglas.

    • Douglas Hunt
      on Aug 5, 2014

      @Three Dogs in a Garden Thanks for stopping by. You have treated us to so many lovely gardens that I am happy to at least partially return the favor.

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