Trade Secrets 2018: The Garden of Bunny Williams & John Rosselli
The garden of Bunny Williams and John Rosselli spreads over 12 acres of property. When first arriving to the garden, a relaxed path thru the orchard, filled will apple, cherry and pear trees leads you to Bunny & John's pool & pool house, a Greek Revival folly made up of rustic & locally harvested oak columns. A path behind the pool house will take visitors up to Bunny's newest addition to the garden, her inspiring and contemporary studio, which sits on the highest spot in the garden and has an impressive view of the village and Berkshire Hills.
After visiting the studio, work your way into the Woodland Garden, where paths lead you thru carpets of ferns, Tiarella, Epimediums, Primula and woodland peonies. Upon exiting the Woodland Garden you’ll find yourself in Elizabeth’s Circle, where large boxwood balls tumble down the hill from the woods edge, a contemplative and calming space before moving onto the more formal areas of the garden. Stroll down relaxed steps to the parterre garden, behind Bunny & John's conservatory and guest barn.
Brick walkways with wonderful moss lead you through patterned & perfectly trimmed boxwood hedges, that edge seasonally planted beds, allowing a different color scheme each year, which adds whimsy and a relaxed feeling to this formal space. A pergola leads you around to the classic 1840's Federal home, to a series of dramatic Belgian style swooped Taxus hedges that frame a mass planting of Hydrangea paniculata. A patterned path of sunken Belgium block leads you across the lawn to a hidden gravel path, drawing you to the recently redesigned Sunken Garden. Filled with bold mixed boarders and box-edged beds brimming with perennials, annuals and bulbs, that frame a granite edged rectangular fish pool.
After you’ve filled up on the Sunken Garden, make your way around the front of the house, and past the guest barn to the vegetable and cutting garden. Lettuces, mustard greens, Tulips & peonies in the spring give way to tomatoes, squash, potatoes, dahlias and an array of other cutting flowers in the summer. All symmetrically and pleasingly planted in 9 square beds edged with antique terra-cotta tile. Your last stop; the lively chickens who have the good fortune of residing in an extraordinary octagonal coop. You will most likely have the pleasure of meeting Bunny & John as they enjoy their garden to the fullest and are often out and about.
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