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On Location: A Beacon Hill Garden Comes Alive

By October 27, 2010November 22nd, 2011No Comments
by Julie Moir Messervy

Come along for a tour of a JMMDS-inspired shade garden in the heart of Boston:

NECN’s Out the Backdoor features one of Julie’s Beacon Hill projects. Video: NECN.

On one of the hottest July days of this very hot summer, I met producer Deb Halperin and videographer John Hammann of the NECN New England Dream House team to film a segment at one of our JMMDS-designed gardens for their Out the Backdoor series. This charming little garden that nestles up against high brick walls and overtopped by a large linden tree, was designed for gathering and getaway.

The planting plan for the garden. Drawing: Bethany Gracia.

On the stone terrace, built just the right size for outdoor grilling and alfresco dining, sits a glass tabletop of etched glass that rests upon a handsome Chinese urn. A cut stone path leads from the garden’s entry to a charming bench nestled into the corner, creating a space for quiet contemplation. Two ornamental iron sculptures, designed and built by Peter Andruchow of Wovensteel, arc upward as spiraling ropes, inspired by the homeowners’ Portuguese maritime ancestry. A third rope sculpture adds a dynamic focal point by the garden door. Peter also created a fountain in the shape of an armillary —a model of the celestial sphere.

Have a look at this video and take a walk through the garden with me.