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I participated in the North Hill symposium, last week, in Vermont. The theme was art in the garden, and it was a great event with speakers including: Bill Thomas of Chanticleer, the public garden in Wayne, PA; sculptor Marcia Donahue, Tennessee extension service expert Carol Reese, and me.
North Hill is a magnificent private garden, and people who come to the annual symposium get to tour it and see plants like hardy orchids, blue poppies and much more. Bill talked about the cutting edge design at Chanticleer, and Marcia showed a lot of her work. Carol is just about the funniest gardening speaker of all.
While Marcia visited me in NJ, we took on the challenge of dealing with an embarrassment of riches -- 20 three-foot-tall ‘Graham Blandy’ columnar boxwoods.
I like columnar plants because you can fit so many more into smaller spaces, and also make visual punctuation marks in the garden’s design.
See pictures below of North Hill plants, Marcia’s work and some very-narrow-growing plants in my garden, as well as the beginning of our new “grove” of boxwoods.