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2106 Garden Tour

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on July 15, 2016 at 1:15 PM

This year, the Newfane Garden Club's garden tour was held at the home of Bob Forte in Wilmington. We had the privilege of enjoying a spectacular garden that contained classic parterres, interesting folly, statuaries of Greek goddesses and arbors juxtaposed with East Asian koi ponds, waterfalls and an elaborate bridge. The garden is aptly named Top of the Hill because it is an enchanting garden located on top of a hill. The garden is expansive and open. The center of the garden has a stream whose headwater starts under a beautiful wood and wrought iron bridge. The stream swiftly cascades down to a parterre overlooking a distant mountain view. The garden is filled with a variety of perennials, shrubs and annuals that add color and texture. Throughout the garden, unique ceramic pots and urns provide focal points that compliment the colors and mixes of the plants.

The right side of the garden is flanked by a shade garden of mixed perennials, trees and animal statues snuggled among the foliage. They appear as if they have come out of their hiding places to explore who has come to visit the garden. Deep within the garden there is another waterfall that cascades over moss covered boulders and flows into a koi pond. A serene sitting area provides space for reflection and contemplation and perhaps planning the next garden project.

In the center of the garden beyond a large pergola for entertaining, a space with Greek statues gives the garden a classic look and provides a stark contrast with the rest of the more contemporary aspects of the property. The garden is filled with arbors, ornaments and other unique items giving us so much to feast one's eyes. Most interesting , a garden train with scaled buildings modeled from existing buildings located in Wilmington runs over a portion of the back lawn.

The entire garden was designed over a period of 12 years and is lovingly cared for by Bob, the property owner. The tour ended with a lovely " bring your own" lunch served with wine on the patio overlooking the garden. And just when you thought it couldn't be better, a harpist played during lunch. It was an elegant morning. I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to see the garden and I wish I had more time to look more closely at the fine details and creative aspects of the garden.

Take a look at the photo gallery to see some garden highlights.

Carol Fay


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