The Garden Guide

Bedrock Gardens

Bedrock, a colonial farmhouse built in the eighteenth century, now has a 20-acre garden developed after 1987 by its owners: Jill Nooney (a landscape designer and sculptor) and Bob Munger (a retired doctor) The Boston Globe described the result of their work as 'Sissinghurst Castle in England and the Dr. Seuss sculpture garden in Springfield, Massachusetts.' Bedrock has a long path which connects several garden rooms and other features. The rill is called the Wiggle Waggle. The GrassAcre is a meadow with blocks of red switch grass, green Hakone grass and bluestem. The 'Belgian Fence' is made of espaliered apple trees. Nooney's sculptures, often made from old agricultural machinery are displayed in the garden and do much to create its distinctive character.

Head Gardener's Comment

Bedrock Gardens, occupying about 2/3rds of a 37-acre abandoned dairy farm, is a destination garden distinguished by its horticulture, garden design, and sculpture. The garden is designed as a journey along a three-quarter mile path through distinct garden ‘rooms’ punctuated by pools, fountains, seating areas, pergolas, long vistas, and intimate spaces such as the Tea House with its Japanese-themed garden. Unusual plants occur throughout, collected and nurtured by the owners over the past 25 years. Welded steel sculptures on the ground and in the trees are carefully sited to heighten a sense of ‘place’ on the journey.

Misty View
Belgian Fence
Parterre garden
Wiggle Waggle Rill

Lee, New Hampshire, USA, 03861

Third weekend of the month from May to September, and Columbus Day weekend in October.

No fee, but $10 donation suggested.

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