The Garden of Peter Wooster, Stockbridge Garden Tour

The garden of Peter Wooster is a revered jewel-of-a-garden in Roxbury, Connecticut that has been long-admired for its intimate design and incredible collection of plants. Rob Girard, gardener extraordinaire (and a contributor to BBG’s Contained Exuberance show this summer) will take us on a tour through this four-square garden.

Begun more than 25 years ago as a collector’s garden by architect and landscape designer Peter Wooster, the original guiding principle was “We’ll take one of everything”. Over time it became recognized for its great plantsmanship and unusual perennials, shrubs, annuals, and exotics, as well as for its simple but elegant architectural form.

Covering only a half acre, there are six large, rectangular beds framed by grass paths with a border that ties it all together. The paths serve to contain the mixed English border-style plantings that have been referred to as ‘a botanical zoo’.

Over the years, the maturing trees and shrubs have turned what was once a mostly sunny perennial garden into a mostly woody garden with a change in scale and light. The plantings have evolved to support the changing conditions, fostering the garden’s diversity while continuing to be of great interest to visitors and still maintaining its primacy as an organizing point for this artful collector’s garden.

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Peter Wooster’s Roxbury garden is eavesdropping on an evolution

All gardens evolve. Watching a garden change daily, seasonally, annually is definitely part of the allure when you forge a relationship with the land. So let’s assume that the fluctuations of time would probably have altered Peter Wooster’s garden somewhat. But in this case, fate also had its way with the famed Roxbury landscape. The results are different from the garden as we originally knew it. But they are nonetheless wonderful Read More