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Come to the Latchis Theatre in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont on January 25th for a full day of inspiring garden workshops! Including talks by garden gurus Gordon Hayward, Julie Messervy, Helen O’Donnel, and Dan Snow, this event is a fundraising effort to restore the historic Latchis Theatre. Be sure to sign up soon if you’re interested as they will only be selling 100 tickets, and with a line up this great they’re bound to go fast!

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Tag Sale Part 2! Perennials and Shrubs

Rocky Dale Tag Sale! This Weekend! 50%-75% off

Blueberry Bliss Sale!

August 14, 2013

Blueberry Bliss Sale!

Mind The Gap

July 1, 2013

Mind The Gap, click HERE for a guide to what blooms between spring and summer.

when Ed met Bill…

September 1, 2011

bill and staff

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

take it down- billWe’ve been working on a lot of renovations lately and have taken a number of trees and shrubs out, but there were some lingering questions and choices to make. In a way it was perfect timing for Bill to visit. He generously walked the gardens with me while Oliver followed us with a chain saw.  In a way, perhaps I needed permission to take some things down, but the second opinion was definitely highly regarded!

Passing the Torch

stoneThough 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

hazelsFor 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 and ed 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.

ah spring…

May 17, 2011

The Nursery is looking good!  And the gardens, despite needing so much attention this time of year, are producing bloom after bloom- just gorgeous and fun!

Blooming in Bristol Village- the magnificent Magnolia ‘Daybreak’

Amy's hand and the blossom.

Magnolia 'Daybreak' and Amy

Magnolia 'Daybreak' and Amy

Magnolia 'Daybreak' and Amy

It’s been a gorgeous week in Vermont- a FULL WEEK without rain and plenty of sun.  It has brought out so much growth and made us all very happy!  One of our customers works for Ben and Jerry’s; she brought us some ice cream and we had a nice break in the afternoon on Thursday.

Ice cream break!

Here are some photos of the garden taken today, along with some close-ups of what’s blooming now.

Narcissus and Mertensia with Rhododendron mucronulatum ‘Cama’
Tulip ‘Ballerina’
Honeylocust View
Tulip ‘American Dream’ w/ Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’
View towards greenhouse
Merrill Magnolia and Narcissus
Rhododendron ‘April Mist’
Rhododendron ‘Aglo’


Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ bud on Main Street in Bristol.
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ flower on Main St in Bristol.

The last Narcissus


Narcissus

Narcissus


Pieris japonica
Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’
Magnolia ‘Butterflies’
Epimedium rubrum


Merrill Magnolia and Narcissus

Merrill Magnolia

Early spring at Rocky Dale Gardens brings on hundreds of daffodil blooms and a gorgeous show from the Merrill Magnolias.  By all rights, they should be done by this time, but they are still lingering with the cold weather.  I can see we’re about to turn the corner and enter a new phase of spring where the yellow magnolias start to bloom along with serviceberries, redbuds and all sorts of small-leaved rhododendrons.  It’s amazing to me-every year, how fast it comes (and goes-sigh).  Our primroses and pulmonarias are putting on a nice show and the epimediums have just started to bloom.  Double bloodroot is blooming off the parking lot, trilliums are popping open, and tulips are standing back-up behind the narcissus.  I’ve only been able to note a few of the plants blooming right now.  In the next few days, I’ll catalog a number more.  Blink and you’ll miss it. It should be a great weekend to get out and enjoy natures bounty!

Abeliophyllum

Cornus mas

Prunus sargentii

Rhododendron dauricum Madison Snow

Rhododendron 'Weston's Pink Diamond'

Pulmonaria rubra

Glaucidium palmatum

Mertensia virginica- Virginia Bluebells

Forget-me-not

Narcissus at Front Entry

Double Bloodroot

Primula vulgaris 'Sulphur Hose in Hose

Epimedium rubrum

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