Category Archives: Garden Tours

Tour Christie’s Garden June 11th, 2017!

We are proud to announce that Christie’s personal garden will be featured in The Garden Conservancy’s upcoming Greater Boston Open Day! Come see what a landscape designer and professional furniture maker have created at their home, which The Boston Globe calls “a work of art.” After 10 years of developing their garden, Christie and Patti are unveiling 2 new sections for the very first time, complete with a dry pond and stone bridge.

 

 

For the addresses of the five open gardens on June 11th, see the link below. We hope you will come by to see Christie and Patti’s garden at 353 Park Street in West Roxbury!

Greater Boston Open Day

 

For more information as to how to visit these and many more beautiful gardens, please visit: https://www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays

Tasked with preserving America’s exceptional gardens and deepening the public’s appreciation of gardens as elements of our national artistic and cultural heritage, The Garden Conservancy arranges for clusters of private gardens to open their doors to the public each summer. Often a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a private creation, each garden is chosen for its merits and visitors decide which gardens they want to visit and in what order. There is a $7 admission at each garden, donated to the Conservancy.

Enter the Cone Zone

Enter the Cone Zone!Grout Hill Farm

Come take in 4 exquisite private gardens nestled in Southwestern New Hampshire this summer.  New Hampshire boasts natural beauty – mountains, farming, granite, forests and water and this natural scenery is the backdrop for these four gardens.  We will explore a garden in cultivation for 45 years, two in cultivation for 25 years and a new 10 year old garden.  In addition to conifers, Beech and perennials, we will view a Sugaring house, a natural cranberry Fens (floating bog), a farmstead built in 1790’s and a newly built medieval style manor house complete with stonework by renowned mason, Dan Snow.  Stay a few days and take in Brattleboro Vermont, the White Mountains of NH or hike Mt. Monadadnock.

Follow the link below for tour details and registration with the American Conifer Society. Join Christie and the crew this summer for some spectacular gardens!

2016 Northeast Regional Conifer Meeting

Cones, Conifers and a Road Trip

2015-8-12 pix - conifers

 

Don’t look for the whole crew and I on August 14th – 16th.  We will be in Philly for the Northeast regional meeting of the American Conifer Society.  The Society’s purpose is “…to promote the use of conifers in the garden and landscape and to educate the public about their care and preservation.”  If you have met me, you know I spread the gospel of conifers everywhere I go.  Much like Johnny Appleseed spread apples, I can’t plant a job without adding some conifers and I can wax poetic about my favorite specimens like old friends.

Over the 17 years that I have been a member, I have visited countless gardens all over the US and in England that use conifers, but also showcase great garden design and other plants. Think of what you collect – pottery, art, salt/pepper shakers, pens, etc.  I happen to collect conifers and other plants.  And this plant society gives me entry into some of the best venues to see other people’s collections- many privately owned gardens.  Seeing plants all over the country and talking to other confirmed plant fanatics is a great way to spend a weekend.  And I bring home a couple new plants each time!

Check out www.conifersociety.org.  There is still room for the Northeast meeting in Philly!

When Irish Gardens are Smiling

2015-7-31 Ireland garden with house behind

 

 

Ireland – what a country! An island with moderating temperatures, long daylight in the summer and plentiful rain.

 

 

2015-7-31 Ireland garden with urns

 

 

Colors are sharper and greens are greener. Having just spent two weeks on a garden tour on the southern coast of this small island (170 miles x 300 miles), I saw amazing combinations of flowers, stone, hedges and a backdrop of fields, sheep and water.

2015-7-31 Ireland moss and stone

Enjoy these photos, and travel there. ~ christie

 

 

2015-7-31 Ireland formal pond flowers on sides

 

 

 

 

 

2015-7-31 Ireland statue in library  2015-7-31 Ireland white lounge chairs 2015-7-31 Ireland landscape through trees2015-7-31 Ireland castle with pond in front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-7-31 Ireland blue flowers 2015-7-31 Ireland pink foxgloves

GARDENERS ARE JUST PLAIN NOSEY: CHECK OUT MY GARDEN ON JUNE 8TH

Blog 5-28-14 small photoGardeners are inquisitive.  Let’s face it:  you walk down the street and see a sliver of a garden.  You want to go and see it.  You drive by a house and see a sliver of a garden.  You want to see it.  You are talking to your neighbor and see some interesting garden refuse in their “plant waste” barrel, and you want to see where it came from.  Can whatever it is be divided?

We are inquisitive, but with a purpose if we are honest.  Behind the smiles and oohs & ahhs, we want to know what you have, does it look better at your house and do we need to run out and buy one too?  Hopefully the last one so we can brag about it.

I may exaggerate here, but as a bonafide garden aficionado, I want to see gardens, and I MAY have some mildly competitive tendencies.  I want to get inspired, see plants in different arrangements and see how people use their space.  I want to see things that surprise and delight me.  And I want to compare.  Thankfully, I can be happy for others when I see their plant “x” outperforming my plant “x”.  Otherwise gardening would be a depressive activity.

So I muse on about this because The Garden Conservancy has arranged for 9 private gardens in the West Roxbury area to be on view on Sunday June 8th.   Often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a private creation, each garden is chosen for its merits; visitors decide which gardens they want to visit and in what order.  There is a $5 admission at each garden or $30 ticket at the host site, the Wakefield Estate in Milton.

Two Christie Dustman & Company, Inc. gardens will be featured on the tour:  the “Dustman-Ryan Garden”, and another I designed and maintain- the “Resplendent Spring Garden” in West Roxbury.

For the addresses of the nine open gardens in the West Roxbury area on June 8th, please find the list below.  We hope you will come by to see all of these special gardens.

Greater Boston Open Day

For more information as to how to visit these and many more beautiful gardens, please go to:

https://www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays