Residence Redux: Reaping the harvest
Laverty’s love for the process goes beyond the planning stages. He says his regular maintenance crew that does the weekly clean-ups has told him, “You’re the only homeowner who works with us!”
An invaluable member of the team, according to Laverty, is Bob Ohlson from Barnstable. “Bob treats our home like it was his own,” Laverty explains. “His knowledge and creativity have been such a pleasure to witness.”
Ohlson is responsible for creating one of the more recently executed rooms—the formal English rose garden adjacent to the overflow parking area. Laverty says that each of the four corners of the lot are dedicated to different gardens and functions. The rose garden occupies the south corner. The north corner is home to a moss garden, appropriate due to the lesser sun exposure. The east and west corners that make up the frontage on Buzzards Bay are currently being transformed by Ohlson to accommodate stone walking paths so that a stroll along the waters’ edge has some stability and rustic elegance.
Laverty’s creative interpretation of the landscape doesn’t end there. A section of the yard has been dedicated to a putting green and a bocce court. Laverty says that this year, the bunker on the putting green will be revitalized with white sand reminiscent of Augusta National, the home of the renown Masters Golf Tournament.
For Charlie and Judy Laverty, the seeds of a home that would meet their needs and delight not only themselves, but also their future generations, have been planted. Like any good garden, with a little love, a little care and a lot of faith, it should provide years of enjoyment.
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