Pat and John Marson
1500 Hatch Road
Hidden away in a rural setting, the owners have worked to restore the original character of an old house and yard and have done so with unusual and admirable flair. At the top of the driveway one is greeted by a splendid grove of pines, golden barberries, and attractive container plantings. The new porches front and back, designed and built by the owner, offer both sun and shade: the front looks out over lawn, the back over a fenced back garden into the woods. A cascade of pots dangles from a weathervane in the shape of a moose. The garden itself is a work in constant progress, in which both owners cooperate, having done almost all of the work themselves, including moving large rocks and digging in obdurate red clay. In the back garden, a honeysuckle-clad pergola shelters a tranquil seating area with a small fishpond, complete with a gurgling frog fountain. A decorative chicken-coop with a miniature barn houses five bantam hens: Blossom, Daisy, Petunia, Rose, and Violet. A raised bed holds an herb garden, and a rock garden is underway.
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Photos: Anne Wood Humphries
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