Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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ABOVE: An allée draped by a flowering cherry plum tree invites meandering woodland walks. RIGHT: A winged griffin gargoyle perches in Boston ivy. BELOW: In the shade garden, an octagonal island is planted with white 'Mount Tacoma' tulips and edged in boxwood. It bears a baptismal font from Italy that now serves as a birdbath. BOTTOM: A sylvan scene from the orchard, which is planted on a dramatic grid with more than 25 varieties of apple and ornamental crab trees. The apples are picked each fall and given to a local food bank. color continues as dogwood, cherry, and lilac trees billow into bloom with a show of dusky pink and white blossoms followed by a lane of lilacs. In summer, the rose garden blooms with hybrid tea roses planted in soft pink, white, and deep burgundy. In fall, sugar maples lining the entrance drive (laid out by Buffalo, New York, landscape architect Katherine Wilson Rahn after Steele's death) are at their most brilliant red, along with yellow ginkgo and bottlebrush. Then the startling golden leaves of the Himalayan birch allée appear. "It's like Alice in Wonderland," says McGrain. "They start to show off their personalities." Much of what McGrain has accomplished is barely recognizable. When bringing back the beautiful bones of the garden, she chose to accentuate them with thousands of Medina, New York, stone cobbles laid around the courtyards, shade garden, and long entrance promenade. She created a new organic vegetable garden, potting shed, and cutting garden and uncovered lost landings and antique statuary. She relates a conversation with her husband, Andrew Stern, who told her, "You have found the beauty hidden for a long time and added to it in the best way. Invisible to some but not to those who know your story." It's now one she happily shares. SIDEBAR PHOTOS BY GROSS & DALEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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