Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2019

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By KATHLEEN QUIGLEY Photography by MICK HALES A Woodlands Adventure L LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT FLETCHER STEELE'S last major commission, on 6 acres in historic Pittsford, New York, has been in the hands of Melissa McGrain for the last 16 years. Over that time, McGrain has made its conservation her passion and life's work. "I believe that my garden is ready to hold her canopy high and tell the world that we are a beautiful, ever-changing garden," she says. "We will always have growing pains and imperfections, and Mother Nature will continue to bring on whatever she wishes, and that's OK! There is magic at every turn." To keep guests from becoming delightfully lost, McGrain hands out a map. The central allée is the focal point: Three cascading terraces sweep down to a reflecting pool of midnight blue abloom with white water lilies. The allée looks longer than it is, enhanced by Steele's use of false perspective and progressive narrowing. At the top sits a grotto lined in lead centered by an oval rose garden showcasing antique varieties and a favorite David Austin white bloom, 'Desdemona.' Additionally, under McGrain's stewardship, a wrought iron swag-chain balustrade, two fountains, and a unique clay-tile irrigation system have all been painstakingly restored. Flanking the central allée are woodland walks on mowed grass paths that meander through groves of towering In the journey of a lifetime, Melissa McGrain threw herself into the faithful revival of Fletcher Steele's grand finale of a garden

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