Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2019

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trees. A shade garden anchored by an antique Italian baptismal font (now a birdbath) and a secret Green Room surrounded by yews serve as hidden gems of the sprawling garden. The apple orchard, also planted by Steele, sits in a dramatic grid and has over 25 varieties of apples and ornamental crab apples. McGrain loves to walk the gardens at sunset, often on an odyssey of discovery. "The quietude calls to me," she says. "It's magic." Getting the magic back took time. "What would Fletcher do?" became McGrain's mantra. She became pen pals with Nancy Turner, who commissioned the garden with her husband, Richard, after relocating the 1840 Greek Revival house to the site, which was then a barren cornfield and abandoned quarry. From Connecticut, Turner emerged as McGrain's delighted advisor until her death in 2018. To get a sense of the site, McGrain, an avid preservationist, pored over planting lists and blueprints of the garden and even found some people who had worked on the estate in the 1970s. She went up in a cherry picker for a bird's-eye survey, and a friend flew over in a helicopter to provide some

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