November 05, 2023

It was a soggy late-September midday at the Philadelphia Area Fling when we visited author and horticulturist Jenny Rose Carey‘s garden, Northview Gardens, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. My bus of 50 (garden bloggers, Instagrammers, and YouTubers) was invited first to have a sit-down lunch in the carriage house before setting out to explore the 4-1/2-acre garden.

Herb Garden

I was smitten by Jenny’s colorful, playful garden, where I wandered for an hour and still managed to miss an entire section behind her house. Dang it — next time! But I found so much to enchant me elsewhere that I didn’t realize I was overlooking anything.

Near the house, a long straight path runs through a fenced herb garden. In the center, four columnar evergreens surround a mossy table with a green umbrella for sunnier days.

Castor bean’s starfish-shaped leaves

Mossy chairs tucked into the garden

A rustic gate has a sign proclaiming Jenny’s Garden

…and a trowel pull handle. Such details are fun to discover.

Pond Garden

After the herb garden, I found myself in a sunny (well, if not rainy), open space set up for a crowd, with several yellow tables and chairs on a stone patio…

…overlooking a pond and blue-trimmed garden shed.

A waterfall trickles into the pond from a rocky shelf half-hidden by a weeping conifer.

A charming view

“Frog parking only. All others will be toad,” reads a punny sign.

It was a good day for froggy fun.

Potted pansies in terracotta pots find a sympatico companion in a terracotta rooster.

The wide view

Goldenrod, rudbeckia, and asters were in full flower in Jenny’s early fall garden.

Rose Cottage garden shed

The garden shed, which Jenny calls Rose Cottage, is far more than a workaday shed…

…starting with its porch, where hanging conical planters and other potted plants and a cushioned chair invite you in.

Inside, it’s clear this is a she-shed, with comfy chairs for sitting and watching the pond garden through windows.

Green glass — are these bulb vases? — line the windowsill, along with dahlia posies and pretty collected objects.

Like iron mice and rabbits

And brass and ceramic birds

And gnomes, roosters, and gourds!

Outside, a stone sink with a glass-bead mosaic spelling out Northview stands ready for watering pots or washing up.

Rose Gate potting area

Behind Rose Cottage, a picket fence with carved and painted roses encloses a greenhouse…

…and a tidy potting area adorned with a collection of potted plants…

…and a metal bird’s-nest chair.

Shady path

A path shaded by tall trees and shrubs, adorned with a copper mirror and bucket…

…leads past a collection of fir cones…

…to stone gateposts.

Castle Garden

This is the Castle Garden, enclosed by a crenellated evergreen hedge…

…with a stone table and benches inviting you in for a quiet moment between colorful flower gardens.

A mossy arbor beckons you onward.

Cutting Garden

A fenced cutting garden of cleome, cosmos, sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, and dahlias is made more colorful with purple-painted flower stakes.

A yellow-and-blue birdhouse on axis with the path draws you forward.

White cosmos

And lots of pretty dahlias

Blackberry lily fruits

Jenny has a knack for finding charming metal garden chairs.

One more ruffled dahlia

And a bee-attracting cosmos. I have much more to share from Jenny’s garden, but it will take another post. Stay tuned for Part 2.

Up next: Part 2 of Jenny Rose Carey’s whimsical and colorful Northview Gardens. For a look back at Stoneleigh’s native-plant public garden, click here.

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November 05, 2023

It was a soggy late-September midday at the Philadelphia Area Fling when we visited author and horticulturist Jenny Rose Carey‘s garden, Northview Gardens, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. My bus of 50 (garden bloggers, Instagrammers, and YouTubers) was invited first to have a sit-down lunch in the carriage house before setting out to explore the 4-1/2-acre garden.

I was smitten by Jenny’s colorful, playful garden, where I wandered for an hour and still managed to miss an entire section behind her house. Dang it — next time! But I found so much to enchant me elsewhere that I didn’t realize I was overlooking anything.

Near the house, a long straight path runs through a fenced herb garden. In the center, four columnar evergreens surround a mossy table with a green umbrella for sunnier days.

Castor bean’s starfish-shaped leaves

Mossy chairs tucked into the garden

A rustic gate has a sign proclaiming Jenny’s Garden

…and a trowel pull handle. Such details are fun to discover.

After the herb garden, I found myself in a sunny (well, if not rainy), open space set up for a crowd, with several yellow tables and chairs on a stone patio…

…overlooking a pond and blue-trimmed garden shed.

A waterfall trickles into the pond from a rocky shelf half-hidden by a weeping conifer.

A charming view

“Frog parking only. All others will be toad,” reads a punny sign.

It was a good day for froggy fun.

Potted pansies in terracotta pots find a sympatico companion in a terracotta rooster.

The wide view

Goldenrod, rudbeckia, and asters were in full flower in Jenny’s early fall garden.

The garden shed, which Jenny calls Rose Cottage, is far more than a workaday shed…

…starting with its porch, where hanging conical planters and other potted plants and a cushioned chair invite you in.

Inside, it’s clear this is a she-shed, with comfy chairs for sitting and watching the pond garden through windows.

Green glass — are these bulb vases? — line the windowsill, along with dahlia posies and pretty collected objects.

Like iron mice and rabbits

And brass and ceramic birds

And gnomes, roosters, and gourds!

Outside, a stone sink with a glass-bead mosaic spelling out Northview stands ready for watering pots or washing up.

Behind Rose Cottage, a picket fence with carved and painted roses encloses a greenhouse…

…and a tidy potting area adorned with a collection of potted plants…

…and a metal bird’s-nest chair.

A path shaded by tall trees and shrubs, adorned with a copper mirror and bucket…

…leads past a collection of fir cones…

…to stone gateposts.

This is the Castle Garden, enclosed by a crenellated evergreen hedge…

…with a stone table and benches inviting you in for a quiet moment between colorful flower gardens.

A mossy arbor beckons you onward.

A fenced cutting garden of cleome, cosmos, sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, and dahlias is made more colorful with purple-painted flower stakes.

A yellow-and-blue birdhouse on axis with the path draws you forward.

White cosmos

And lots of pretty dahlias

Blackberry lily fruits

Jenny has a knack for finding charming metal garden chairs.

One more ruffled dahlia

And a bee-attracting cosmos. I have much more to share from Jenny’s garden, but it will take another post. Stay tuned for Part 2.

Up next: Part 2 of Jenny Rose Carey’s whimsical and colorful Northview Gardens. For a look back at Stoneleigh’s native-plant public garden, click here.

I welcome your comments. Please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading in an email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post. And hey, did someone forward this email to you, and you want to subscribe? Click here to get Digging delivered directly to your inbox!

__________________________

Come learn about garden design from the experts at Garden Spark! I organize in-person talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance; simply click this link and ask to be added. The Season 7 lineup can be found here.

All material © 2023 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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