when Ed met Bill…

September 1, 2011

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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.

Labor Day Sale- Sept 4th-7th

September 1, 2009

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Vermont’s Sales Tax Holiday is a great time to shop.  Come in this Saturday and enjoy 19% off in addition to the 6% savings by not paying tax.  That’s a total savings of 25% on any order totaling $100 or more.   Any already discounted items won’t be further discounted on Saturday, but they will count toward your $100 minimum purchase to get the additional 19% off.

All items at Rocky Dale are usually taxed at 6%, so on Saturday, we just don’t collect tax- it’s that simple.  Can you pick out merchandise ahead of time?  Sure- as long as we receive payment in full this Saturday.  You can pick up the merchandise anytime after it’s been paid for.

Read more about the Sales Tax Holiday here.

We also have a $5 buck hosta sale going on through the end of August- great selection and large pots.

And we still have some trees discounted 50% available too, but they’ve been moving out at a steady clip.  See the list here.

Now that the rain deluge is past and the short heatwave is past- (what?-we had summer for 4 days?) – it’s time to get back in the garden.

A few days in the mid 70’s sounds like great gardening weather to me!  We’ve had a hard time keeping up with the weeds this year, but with any luck- it will be a late summer project to clean it all up!

Hosta 'Shade Fanfare' and Lamium maculatum

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We’ve been working on this project for a few years.  It spent a couple of those years in the design phase because it was developed alongside the plans for the home.  One of the owners is the architect who designed the house.  We worked together to make sure the inside and outside worked together and created a seamless transition.  We like to associate sharp geometrical shapes and patterns and juxtapose them against more organic plantings and garden elements.

Enjoy the tour of the street-side below.

 

cool overlapping concrete steps


Front Entry Garden

Dianthus and Sedums

The Upper Lawn

Front Steps

Organic meets Geometric

The Front Steps

Stone and Stonecrop

Front Entry

the Hawthorne rod

new arrivals…

April 23, 2009

the Nursery

March 19, 2009

winter-yard

The Nursery is closed right now- but we’ll be opening on April 15th, weather permitting. Some years, the piles of snow will last into May and we have to get equipment to move them out of the way!

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This area is called “The Conifer Mound”. It’s where we display the conifers for sale. Daphne cneorum blooms below an old crabapple- the fragrance is astounding!

perennial-yard

By the beginning of May we usually have a lot of stock in the yard.

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We sell annuals too!

rdg cover trial 32082.jpgWe publish a catalog of our plant offerings every year, though this year we’ll be printing a supplement to our 2008 catalog, rather than an entirely new one. Our supplement is still in the works, but you can peruse our 2008 catalog in the meantime.

Hours for the nursery are 9am-6pm every day once we’re into May. Hours are a little more fluid in April due to weather.

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This way you’ll be kept apprised of new entries in our blog, and also receive special offers and notices of events. We will be phasing out direct mail communication, so this is the new best way to stay in touch!

If you’re planning a tour of the area, there are many great places to stay and eat. Among them are Almost Home Market– a terrific deli and bakery and the Inn at Baldwin Creek– incredible meals and a beautiful country inn, just down the road.

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