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.