Inspired by the Butcharts and Bellevue Botanical

Cardinal Red Dahlia

Cardinal Red Dahlia

Over 100 years ago, Jennie Butchart with the support of her spouse, Robert (a concrete manufacturer), began turning the gravel pit in the backyard into a beautiful garden. This is where our stories are similar.

Karl and I were inspired most by the Butchart Gardens‘ use of layered perennial plantings with annuals. Rather than switching out a front row of annuals every 5 seasons (they celebrate spring, summer, fall, Christmas, winter), we are planning and planting a perennial border approach.

In addition to our visit to Victoria, BC, Canada, we also made it out to Bellevue, WA, USA, to the Bellevue Botanical Garden. There, we were most inspired by the Japanese Garden fence design, and Karl is planning to replicate this style in our Secret Garden as a next step. This garden also was started by a couple who gifted their property as a legacy to the city.

Other News:
Sunday, September 10, we hosted six women from the Daughters of the Revolution ~ Old Newbury Chapter, for a presentation and garden tour.

Tuesday, September 12, we met with our Topsfield Council on Aging Board to propose:
1. Topsfield Memory Café events printed in the COA events calendar.
2. Topsfield Memory Café year-round, with winter programs hosted at a COA-sponsored indoor space.

The Topsfield COA Board voted, and we’ll know the outcome soon.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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