This year, because of the 🎶rain🎶, we split the Frederick Beyond the Garden Gates tour into two days hoping the second day we wouldn't get drenched. But that was not to be. It did make for some great photographs, though. Gardens always look better in the rain. Plus, it wasn't a thunderstorm so it all worked out. Saturday we toured the houses that required driving between houses beginning with this one. I'm including the tour booklet's write-up for each house we toured.
800 Carroll Parkway
This family-oriented garden provides ample space for the homeowners’ three sons to enjoy pick-up sports and to dig in the earth. The nearly one acre plot was originally part of a dairy farm that stretched from the current grounds of Frederick High School to Taskers Chance. In the 16 years since the home was purchased, the garden has hosted two wedding receptions and numerous events for local political candidates and charities. The family particularly enjoys the “front row seat” their garden affords them to numerous parades, runs, walks and local events held in Baker Park. Several trees of note can be found surrounding the property. A large Copper Beach tree in the front, and crabapple and Weeping Copper Beach tree in the back provide a measure of privacy to this expansive space.
|Side view of the house--it was huge!|
|Isn't this a terrific play house?! There's a small pond with waterfall on the other side.|
|My lens was fogged, but I wanted you to see this Copper Beech!|
|This is the base of the Copper Beech.|
Boasting a roof top view from five stories above ground, the two terraces that flank this pent house condo are meccas for creative, container gardening. Guests will find an assortment of hardy shrubs interspersed with colorful annuals that enhance the casual charm of these outdoor living spaces. The homeowners can often be found entertaining family and friends on the terraces, delighting them with stunning views of Baker Park to the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. Visitors will be directed through the building, and to both terraces, by volunteer docents.
|This is the second terrace.|
|You can barely make out the mountains just above the tree line. We live on top of one of the "hills" in the middle of the picture.|
100 Fairview Avenue
The boxwoods that feature so prominently in this garden are far more than decoration to the homeowner. Originally purchased in the late 1920’s, they were first planted at Mrs. Swanson’s childhood home in Pearl, Maryland. The homeowner cherishes fond memories of the shrubs, including playing hopscotch over them as a young girl. They were moved to their current location in the early 1960’s by the homeowner’s mother, and have flourished since. Today, the nearly dozen specimen sized shrubs are vibrant and healthy, with some as large as ten feet tall. Classic English boxwood, sometimes referred to as “old Growth,” they are a cultivar that are resistant to many diseases and pathogens. At nearly ninety years old, they are truly an impressive sight to see.
109 Kline Boulevard
This spacious garden nestled behind the homeowner’s quiet neighborhood residence is a source of personal enjoyment and relaxation. Upon entering, visitors will be greeted by an inviting verandah extending from the back of the home. The roofed porch is surrounded by a fish pond and offers pleasant access to the space from inside. Beyond the veranda are a swimming pool and soothing fountain, providing the homeowner and guests ample opportunity to enjoy long afternoons of both rest and recreation. While exploring the space visitors are invited to wander the path that follows the rear boundary of the garden among an impressive line of pine trees and evergreens.
|This is the path around the property. We entered from the previous garden through an opening in the fence on the right.|
|This is just off their patio.|
103 West Second Street
Color abounds in this sun-filled garden tucked in the heart of the City. Boasting a cheerful combination of flowers, decorative shrubs and trees, some of the most interesting plants include cropped cherry trees pruned in a Japanese style, an English boxwood topiary, a mature climbing hydrangea and a large selection of German bearded irises. Equally remarkable is how the home itself adds to the architectural interest of the space. A patio and sleeping porch provide depth, while a brick wall and long wooden fence offers privacy and an interesting backdrop for garden plants and a collection of outdoor art.
|This is where we began our second day. This is looking back at the walkway that we walked down to get to the back yard.|
|This and the following are all townhouse gardens.|
|Looking over the wall to the neighbor's house.|
|Looking back at the house.|
|English Boxwood Topiary|
|This is one of four cherry trees "cropped" to grow in this manner.|
|You can see the Climbing Hydrangea on the right beyond the roses. It's over 50 years old.|
120 West Third Street
This casual garden retreat is tucked away in the heart of downtown Frederick. Both shade and privacy are offered by a large, centenarian red cedar and a neighboring wall covered with Boston ivy. A soothing rock fountain further shields the space from the noisy streets just beyond the garden wall. The homeowners equally enjoy entertaining friends and family in the peaceful space, and taking in the view from a second-story balcony that overlooks the yard. Those who look will find a stone carved statue of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint associated with the patronage of animals and the natural environment, and a stunning Thai spirit house at the rear of the garden.
|The Kousa Dogwood was in full bloom.|
228 North Market Street - Volt Restaurant
This fully functional garden is used for summer dining, large scale parties and growing a variety of produce used in the restaurant. The patio offers guests a unique dining experience during warm weather months, while the space beyond is suitable for a variety of activities from backyard barbecues and weddings to cooking demonstrations. Guests venturing to the back of the garden will find mushroom logs, an herb spiral, tomato columns and mounds for root vegetables. Visitors are encouraged to take note of the fruit trees which have been grafted to yield different varieties of apples and pears on each arm of the tree. A rotation of artwork is skillfully displayed throughout the garden.
|This is a side view of the restaurant. It's in a 19th-century brownstone mansion. Bryan Voltaggio, of Top Chef fame, is co-owner and top chef.|
Frederick natives may remember this home as the previous residence of noted regional sculptor and artist H.I. Gates. His outdoor sculptures filled the front garden for many decades. While the Gates family took these pieces with them when the house was sold to the current owners, visitors will note one sculpture still remaining in the front garden. This figure is the work of Turker Ozdogan, a colleague of H.I. Gates. Casual and inviting, the rear garden is a favorite gathering spot for friends and family. From pool parties and barbeques, to cocktail hours and receptions, this welcoming space offers a mixture of recreation and relaxation.
|Turker Ozdogan sculpture|
|The back portion of the house was built in 1840. It was added onto twice towards the front over the years.|
|Leaving through the drive to the side street.|
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