With a degree in architectural history and a lifelong passion for gardens, landscape designer Glenn Hillman devoted 17 years caring for his family’s historical gardens in Litchfield County, Connecticut. His appreciation for color and love of traditional structures resulted in an exquisite, historically accurate property.
When his parents bought the 18th century house, two decades ago, Hillman went immediately to work in redesigning its outdoors. One of his first decisions was to remove the swimming pool – it didn’t fit with his plans for a classic New England garden – so it had to go. In the process of designing the landscape plans, Hillman drew inspiration from visits to Colonial Williamsburg and analyzing many colonial gardens.
In its current state, the garden is symmetric and traditional in feel. It includes a potager and herb garden, and is surrounded by brick paths connecting its different corners. Hillman placed focal points throughout: bee skeps, an armillary, crisp white picket fences and birdhouses. The herb garden in particular is a place of beauty and unexpected plants: parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme blend in with perfumed perennials like lilac and roses, geraniums and irises. Unlike any other herb garden, this one is filled with colors and textures. I find it extremely beautiful!
Photography by Kindra Clineff for Traditional Home.