Our landscaping project began in 1997 when the firm of George Carty developed a
schematic for our property. The design flows from the architecture of the
house with its bold proportions and decorative detail. We asked Mr. Carty
to create an environment that blends function and beauty, using plantings,
paths, fountains, and gathering places. The following is his statement
about the project.
"The Gardens at Taylor House are
of Victorian planting styles. An abundance of flowering plant species is
set within distinct garden areas in ways that allude to bygone days. The
grounds contain five separate gardens that are woven together by meandering
paths of granite cobble, brick, and gravel. The garden fronting the house
reflects its symmetry and plays with its unique architectural forms and plan.
This garden provides a ‘stage set’ for the house with a large annual display bed
edged in Boxwood and an abundance of heavily scented, old fashioned species:
Silk Tree, Hydrangeas, Rose-of-Sharon, Trifoliate Orange, Spice Bush, and Mock
Orange. The side gardens are devoted to a rich display of shrubs and
perennials set in large borders. On the south side of the house the garden
is large, billowy, and sun-filled,
with roses and giant perennials that bloom from Spring through Fall.
Wisteria and a multitude of other vines drape the porches and arbors. On
the North side a moon garden with white flowers, many heavily scented and night
blooming, offers shady retreat in the day and romance at night Two
distinct patio areas provide secluded places for thought and conversation.
The larger of the two is contained within an herb garden and has tables under a
long colonnade for pleasant morning dining of bed and breakfast guests.
The smaller patio is part of the entrance sequence to the house, an evergreen
oasis in the shade of an ancient Linden Tree."
Even though our gardens are still
taking shape, we hope our guests will linger on Taylor House grounds to
enjoy the softly woven colors, sweet fragrances, and tranquil areas of
refreshment that we are creating. During the summer of 1999 we installed a
brick courtyard and planting beds for herbs. We have also planted many
perennials and shrubs throughout the yard.