After three years, the hidden landscape continues to evolve. A drip irrigation system installed by Vetorino’s Landscape & Irrigation and generous additions of compost and organic matter were two key preparatory steps to ensure the success of the plantings and lawn. The flexibility of the bed designs allow for changes and additions as the owners learn more about what they enjoy within the landscape. Tree maintenance remains a primary concern, as does a commitment to organic landscaping. The relatively young, but already thriving lawn is evidence of the healthy, nutrient-rich soil that is a trademark of Dewey Gardens’ organic growing methods.
The ultimate measure of any landscape is how it is enjoyed. During the summer, the lawn and gardens are wide open for play, socializing, and eating, a spacious natural setting for cookouts for the kids, clambakes, informal family gatherings, and more.
Reflecting on how they have integrated the family’s new outdoor haven into their lives, the homeowner laughs and says, “We’re outside a lot more!” She marvels at how her son uses the space to play and explore, finding hidden caves in the hollow openings of a rhododendron’s lower branches or parading his toy jeep full of beach toys all the way from the house down towards the sea.
During the winter, though the perennials die back and the grasses await new growth in the spring, that window of sky and water still beckons through the family’s living room window, framed by craggy branches of the old oaks. The hypnotic pull to the sea is a beautifully framed constant in all seasons.