when Ed met Bill…
September 1, 2011
A visit from Rocky Dale founder, Bill Pollard
It wasn’t exactly a surprise visit. We heard Bill Pollard was coming to VT and we were hoping he’d want to visit Rocky Dale Gardens- his creation along with Holly Weir.
What was a surprise was how great it was to meet Bill and have the opportunity to hang out and walk the grounds. I can only imagine what it was like for Bill after 10 years.
The closest way to describe the experience for me was to compare it to an adopted child meeting their birth parent for the first time. All the gaps in history were filled in and the mysteries solved.
Take It Down
Passing the Torch
Though I’ve owned Rocky Dale Gardens since 2004, last week felt like the passing of the torch. Bill bought this property with Holly because of the beautiful stone outcrop on the very west end of the property. I did too and ironically we’re in the process of exposing that beautiful wall. This is the stone we each bought that happened to come with a house.
The Central Garden
For those of you who we haven’t seen recently, here is a glimpse of what we’ve been up to. After years of observing and pondering, I decided to open up the gardens and create a central lawn. The hazelnuts came out and the beds were pushed back. We’ve been focused on this center the last two years and will move into the outer horseshoe ring that will take visitors through the conifer dell, the arbor and then along the ledges and the pond. It’s a life’s work and you get to watch!
Friends with a garden in common
Bill got over the his initial shock of the changes at Rocky Dale and we had a nice chance to get to know one another. We share a passion for this place and when he left, I felt excited about what I’m doing, and Bill said he was really glad that they sold the place to me. He knows it’s a labor of love- and hopefully it gets a lot of love for a long time.