2019 Excellence in Outdoor Design Winner: Peterborough Garden

This award is sponsored by Seasonal Specialty Stores

Photography courtesy of John W. Hession

Shepard Butler and Brian Bare of Shepard Butler Landscape Associates in Thetford Center, Vermont
(802) 785-2895
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A series of interconnected garden rooms was composed within the Peterborough Garden. The tree and path alignment of the south garden takes on a formal, playful approach reflecting the agrarian history of the site. The space is bordered by a new barn to the west, the residence to the north, existing hayfields and stone walls to the east, and a new stone wall to the south. The result is an open and expansive “square” within. At the ends of the allée of American Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea) trees are two massive granite boulder benches. A single row of Yellowwood off the west end of the allée and a new stone wall dramatically frame the view toward North Pack Monadnock Mountain.

Judges said: There are many layers of conceptual depth to this well-conceived design. The creative outdoor spaces are welcoming and easily usable. There is a natural, organic feel with a fine juxtaposition of formal/informal elements in the landscape.

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