Nature affects us in amazing ways. It boosts our creativity, restores our inner peace, quiets down the irrelevant ”noise¨ we all carry around, it frees us.
A beautiful garden is therapeutic- it pleases the eye and feeds the soul. One such garden has been on my mind lately, Ina Garten’s.
The Barefoot Contessa’ latest cookbook – Cooking for Jeffrey is out just in time for Thanksgiving and it reminded me of her beautiful Hamptons home with its surrounding garden. I’ve seen it in a summer issue of Elle Decor and it struck me as one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen.
” We designed the garden before we even designed the house. I knew I wanted a kitchen garden, an orchard and hydrangeas everywhere.” – Ina Garten
Originally designed by landscape designer Edwina von Gal, the garden was divided into four quarters and filled with beds of white dahlias, verbena and boxwood framed parterres, Russian sage, white beach roses and potted hydrangeas.
After the addition of a neighboring lot, a seamless expansion with the help of Joseph Tyree added to the already dreamy land a number of outdoor spaces that are great for entertaining. Something which Ina Garten is famous for, of course.
A charming garden shed covered in climbing hydrangeas and clematis makes a wonderful relaxing spot.
No wonder heaven is a garden…
Have a serene and happy Thanksgiving!