One of the lower ponds at the bottom of the gardens facing up with the main
house barely visible on the right and the guesthouse in the center.
The Frye’s gardens occupy four properties, on 12 acres with 40 garden areas, all on a rocky hillside with an elevation change of 110’. The gardens are linked together by lawn, mulch, pebbles, and granite stone paths. New Hampshire is called the granite state so we have no shortage of this material, ask anyone who has tried to garden here. You’ll see from the pictures that there’s a repetitive use of boxwood, evergreen, yew, holly, hosta and hydrangea to add a sense of unity.
The garden rooms surrounding the main house are kept formal as seen in this
garden with a reflecting pool, statuary, urns and clipped boxwood.
As you wandered down from the first terraced area you come upon a 300-foot allee, a French word meaning a walkway lined with trees or tall shrubs, of pollarded sycamore trees. Pollarding of trees means to cut the branches back to the trunk in the spring to promote dense heads of foliage and to control the trees height. New growth on these trees can be as much as six feet per year. The tree branches are trained to grow to the north and south leaving the pathway open.
The 300-foot Allee with sycamore trees surrounded by
pachysandra, a shade loving ground cover growing to eight inches.
At one end of the Allee you come upon a large urn called “Pope’s Urn”, named after Alexander Pope, who was considered one of the greatest English poets of the 1700’s and is visible from the back deck of the main house. At the other far end is a cottage and Stan’s office. Can you imagine the tough commute he has walking down that allee each morning to his office? Torture!
In the geometric garden, boxwood is clipped into spheres to mimic the round architectural balls. While a lead boy balancing on a sphere gets sprayed in a small pool. Just look at that fabulous collection of antique garden ornaments and use of granite stone.
Here’s a great idea, an arbor made out of nothing more than rebar tied together. Planted on each corner are Japanese maples that have their branches tied to the rebar to create a canopy. A laid stone flooring and voile, you have a stunning area out of the sun for a picnic.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little of the garden tour and you go away with a few ideas of your own. Me, while the temperatures wavier in the three-digit area and dangerously close to my whining point, I think I’ll go sit on the air conditioner and contemplate how the husband has over pollarded our tree and the deer have made a tasty snack out of my hosta!