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JUL-AUG 2018

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56 | J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Bill and Laura Buck on their daily garden stroll • The porch is furnished in Lloyd Flanders all-weather wicker dressed in striped fabric. • The koi pond is a charming water feature. OPPOSITE: The dramatic main garden is a lyrical swirl of color and texture highlighted by lilies, foxglove, phlox, astilbes, and hydrangeas. "The showy styrax tree provides protection and bears the brunt of our capricious coastal weather, while the stone bird bath refreshes feathered friends," says organic gardener Emily Dutra. As the land was cleared, Laura, a prize-winning horticulturist, envisioned a garden of undulating borders, a waterfall and koi pond, inviting birdhouses, and outdoor sculpture. After a few false starts, she collaborated with Emily Dutra, an organic gardener who uses no fertilizers or chemicals and lets nature do the pollinating. "As a local, she understands Nantucket's weather challenges, including salt spray, enveloping fog, cool summer temperatures, and Gulf Stream–warmed winters," Laura explains. Dutra adds, "We also have strong prevailing winds, which means you won't see many tall trees here, and we chose salt-tolerant plants native to coastal environments." A confounding issue arose around the animal-loving family's "bunny dilemma," caused when a dozen rabbits began eating all the flowers. When nothing—including wire fencing and organic deterrents—worked, Dutra suggested planting clover in the grass. The method was "a wonderful example of regenerative design which pulls nitrogen from the atmosphere and feeds the turf," she explains. "It means healthier, greener grass naturally, and effectively deters bunnies from the gardens, as they are totally happy nibbling clover." Now, the Bucks' gardens climb on trellises and arched gates, brim from containers and window boxes, and stretch in a blizzard of blooms around the perimeter of the one-acre property. The palette of pastel pink, blue, white, and lavender feels perfectly at home at the

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