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Working with What’s GoodJune 2nd, 2014 at Mon, 2nd, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Karen Dale
From Tramp Harbor all the way up the Shipping Channel, the view is long and breathtaking from Judi Burwell’s deck. From her entrance, the view was once not so great: it overlooked the neighborhood road and, occasionally, whatever the neighbors dumped into the forest across the street. But today, Judi has a landscape that does what it needs to: frame the view in one case, obscure it in another.
Judi moved here in 2006, remodeled the house to (among other things) get an even better view over Tramp Harbor, and then hired Terry Hershey to redesign the garden. Judi didn’t want the front lawn, but she did want to keep the mature rhododendrons, enormous Japanese maple, and large ornamental cherry growing near the road. So Terry and crew removed the grass, brought in “tons of that sand-compost mix,” and created two garden areas: one a shade garden surrounding the Japanese maple, the other an entrance garden of potted plants and shrubs that hide the ground floor and visually push you up the front steps toward the new entrance upstairs.
Now, Judi’s view off her front porch is of volumes in color contrast. Violas and pansies, grasses blue, bronze, and black, red clover and hardy geranium weave among the purple and evergreen shrubs that embrace the house. Like stars amid green clouds, callas, peonies, and Asiatic lilies accent the garden, while the maple rises above them all, a tremendous thundercloud of green.
Far underneath, the elk statue she brought from Colorado keeps an eye on dogwood, whose blooms can be easily missed amidst all this greenery. No longer can the street be seen (except via the driveway), nor heard much, thanks to the burbling of the faux “river” that Hershey installed.
The view on the other side of the house takes your breath away—not only for its beauty, but for the danger to a little granddaughter wandering near that 80′ drop. So Judi asked for a wall in front of that edge: something that could be planted, something just tall enough to discourage little girls.
Here Judi has her roses, irises, and lavender, along with shrubs that “I know I need to trim back.” (Like many a gardener I’ve visited, Judi spent much of my visit doubled-over to weed and prune.)
An open, expansive view or an intimate, embracing garden: Judi Burwell has both.