I'm so sorry to be dumping so many photographs on you, but honestly, I couldn't decide which ones to leave out! When my husband and I visited Connecticut last month and
swooned over saw Bunny Williams' garden, we also visited two other beautiful gardens. The one you see here belongs to Linda Allard, the genius behind the fashion house of Ellen Tracy.
Set on 60 acres of beautiful rolling hills, the main part of the garden is very formal and European in nature, with a strict geometry of box-edged beds. There are standard roses, a pair of rose allees that bisect the garden, and pairs of stone outbuildings that are used as garden sheds and an outdoor kitchen. I actually felt a little uncomfortable taking a picture of the house itself, so all you can see is a corner of it peeping out of one photo.
The house itself was designed by Miss Allard's brother, an architect. It is an imposing and large structure, inspired by a Palladian villa. It overlooks a great lawn and an orchard, with views of the Litchfield Hills. There is also a pool, a studio and a shade garden. We actually met Miss Allard in the shade garden, and chatted a few minutes about the depredations that deer can make on a garden. (Yes that's right, we didn't talk clothing design, we talked deer!) Much of her garden is walled, but the shade garden is outside the wall and requires the copious use of deer repellant.
More gardens to come this week. ;)