Near the Kaaterskill Creek is a garden located in the hollow of a dry creek bed, shaded by Maple and Eastern Cedar trees.

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The gardener, Hazel generously explained the history of the garden and the various artifacts within. This is the first of a series of posts in which she shares her ideas and creativity with us. Incorporated into the design are ‘found objects’ from the local environment including smooth river rocks, Hemlock stumps and reclaimed furniture.

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The garden was overgrown when Hazel and her family arrived, as they cleared the brush they discovered some daylilies – an indication that there had once been a garden. Now many years later there is a profusion of carefully selected perennials, annuals and shrubs.

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From the herbaceous beds, to the right are twin Maple trees with garden furniture beneath them. The yellow chair (a piece of classic Americana) was salvaged from the roadside where is was left on ‘metal refuse collection day’ about 15 years ago. Upon seeing Hazel pressure washing the chair, hubby asked “Why the hell did you bring that home?”  The blue chair is also a classic design called the ‘Adirondack Chair’and it was made by Hazel.

After all that hard work in the garden it’s time for a refreshing cool drink…iced tea anyone?

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See more of Hazel’s garden here

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