A hidden gem made by love off the beaten path.
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
To Kate Frey, gardens are a place of intrigue. This talented garden and landscape designer creates magic with her encyclopedic knowledge of native plants, heirlooms and varieties that attract beneficial insects, bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. As she details in her new book, The Bee Friendly Garden, (co-authored with Gretchen Le Buhn), questions about how flower structure, pollen and nectar affect the population of visiting insects and birds are just as important as the composition of colors and textures visible to the human eye.
This summer our gardens are bursting with color and variety and activity. Although yellow and purple hues dominate, a closer look reveals a complex mix of perennial borders surrounding beds of heirloom vegetables. The bright borders are made up of over twenty varieties of flowers.
Among my favorites are the Mystic Illusion and Mystic Enchantment Dahlias, Bronze Fennel, Catherine de la Mare Penstemon and Salvias of various kinds. The pastel borders also are an intricate inter-planting of over twenty different types of plants that include Black Adder and Rosy Giant Agastache, sweet peas, Mystic Haze Dahlias, Little Carlow and Monte Casino Asters.
Our visitors delight in the musical buzz of the bees and the hum of the hummingbirds darting between flowers. However, the moment that captured our heart was when a mama quail brought her brood of new born baby quail to walk through the gardens, safe in her confidence that no harm would come to them here.
Matching Kate’s elegant design is the skill and passion of Justino Rosales who started in our gardens six years ago. Transitioning from vineyard work, he shadowed Kate, learning her pruning methods and garden management systems, working his way up to to lead our team last year. Justino’s leadership, hard work and dedication are a big reason that our gardens shine every day. Everyone agrees they are at their most beautiful this year.
To Kate and Justino, thank you for this year’s beauty. It enchants and transports everyone who beholds it, and creates a memorable setting for tasting Lynmar’s exquisite wines.