The Fantastic Mr. & Mrs. Fox
“I think one of my favorite elements is the dining table,” says Lockhart. “The centerpiece, which I put in a birch container, and includes fresh amaryllis stems that Blossoms Florist in the village ordered from Holland, is spectacular. The plates with the foxes on them were so popular that this year we’re going to sell them at Scout Vintage where I work.” Little wooden place-card holders designate seats for Mr. Fox and his troupe of woodland friends to enjoy a meal together. It’s truly easy to picture them enjoying the wonderland that Lockhart has created. There’s even a fake mouse hole that she painted years ago on a wall under her desk—an element that fits perfectly with the natural theme of her decorations. “My grandkids love crawling under the desk and playing with the plush mice we have under there,” she says.
The Village Garden Club of Dennis House Tour is an event characterized by memorable expressions of community throughout the homes of the those who appreciate and understand Dennis the best—its residents. As Dahl writes it, Mr. Fox promises his neighbors “a little underground village, with streets and houses on each side—separate houses for Badgers and Moles and Rabbits and Weasels and Foxes. And every day,” Mr. Fox tells them, “I will go shopping for you all. And every day we will eat like kings.” That very same community spirit can be found in Dennis, in large part thanks to the newly established home tour and incredibly dedicated and creative homeowners like Lockhart. In 2019, the garden club will be changing it up from their 2017 holiday efforts with an event in June titled “Gardens and More.” Over nine distinctively different gardens will be on the tour with some special additions, like orchards and outdoor kitchens to round out the “More” component. Lockhart, who serves as the Horticulture Chair, will of course be providing her creative touches to the event.
But last December, the stage was set by a gray sky outside, whose wind insistently whipped against the windows as a fire crackled in the fireplace. The table, carefully set, stood ready for Mr. and Mrs. Fox to return from a blustery walk along the historic streets of Dennis. Their woodland neighbors cuddled on the couch, wrapped in soft cashmere blankets, and perched in front of the windows watching the snow flurry over the waves at Mayflower Beach just beyond. For one day only, their woodland oasis has moved above ground, and there’s no spot more perfect to host such a vivacious bunch of creatures than Barbara and Bob Lockhart’s fanciful Dennis home.
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