|Birdbath nestled in the sunflowers|
|Circular garden with sun dial|
|Generous donations made the garden possible|
Excerpts taken from "From Painting a Time in text and photographs, The Diary of Caroline Atherton Dugan", Published by the Brewster Ladies Library, c. 2014
|The smoke tree in the back framing the nasturtiums|
Addie Nickerson called at sunset time. She is most attractive & lovable. - Our smoke tree is in full glory, a soft mist through which the sun shines.
|As in Caroline's garden, the flowers display a |
lighthearted mix of red, yellow pink and purple.
July 31, Monday.
"In gardens also, bloom coreopsis red & yellow, great sunflowers, nasturtiums, moneywort, balsams, white & red, smoke, mignonette, and sweet peas in every shade of white, pink and purple"
|View towards the welcoming porch in the back|
Bob, a historic landscape designer and curator, took inspiration from the descriptions of her beloved garden and incorporated the flora mentioned in her diary. Many of the varieties of plants available to Caroline are not readily available today. Fortunately, Bob starts heirloom seeds in cold frames in the spring to supply the historical gardens that he curates. He explains that the inspiration for this garden came from Caroline's writings, photographs, and a sense that this is a Cape Cod country garden of a young lady in the late 19th century. He wanted to avoid the look of a professionally designed and overly groomed and impersonal landscape.
|Sweet pea scramble up the bamboo frame|
There is a second area that invites visitors to sit and relax on a stone bench while admiring the flowers surrounding a sun dial, also mentioned in Caroline's diary.
|A place to sit and enjoy the garden|
|The front facade of the handsome Cobb House Museum|