It’s Officially Summer!

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This new landscape is off the west side of a large house that was renovated in Hillsdale, NY. Dramatic views of the Catskill Mountains. We started with a blank palette of mowed lawn and two small decks. Connected the entire house with a 16’ wide deck which steps down four steps (under 30” so no deck railing required) to the mid terrace. This terrace is stamped concrete in an ashlar pattern + compass rose. Mass plantings of Karley Rose ornamental fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale ‘Karly Rose’). Introduced to the Berkshires by Greg Ward, Ward’s Garden Center, this is one of my favorite smaller grasses. Grows 36” tall and wide and has a pretty pinkish plume or bloom. They have a beautiful sway in the breeze. This garden has 110 installed in masses. We recommend leaving them up over the winter for an interesting look.
Hot tub deck cantilevered with steel framing off a new carriage barn in Monterey, MA. Deck is Mahogany along the posts and railing caps. The actual railing is glass, which allows for open views of the woodlands while sitting down. Tiny downlights by Trex are on every other railing post for soft pools of light. Steps lead down to outdoor shower. Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia) screen the carriage barn from the main house. Daisies and mixed Tetraploid Daylilies are massed below the trees. This project designed in collaboration with Pamela Sandler, Architect.
Closeup of Japanese Anemone (Anemone Xhydrida)) blooming in July (can get in pink or white flower). These can grow to 36” tall and need staking. Add Anemone tomentosa for a fall blooming perennial. These grow best in partial sun, not deep shade.

July is when all our favorite summer entertainment opens:

  • Tanglewood
  • Jacob’s Pillow
  • Berkshire Theatre Festival
  • Barrington Stage
  • Mahaiwe Theater
  • Williamstown Theater Festival

Time to schedule dates with your friends and family and take a picnic to Tanglewood and enjoy one of the most beautiful public campuses around.

My favorite places at Tanglewood include (we always use the Lion’s Gate entrance):

  • Pre-concert picnics and sippin’ at the south lawn, which has a special view of Stockbridge Bowl and the Berkshire Mountains. Great play lawn for kids also.
  • Don’t miss the Hemlock maze off the south lawn.
  • The great lawn to listen to concerts (and watch on the huge screens).
  • Sejiwa Ozawa Hall lawn for a more intimate setting. Unbelievable acoustics if you sit inside by William Rawn, Architect and his Team.

July is the time for:

  • Have you been hand-watering your lawn and garden? Maybe its time to price out an irrigation system. I have had one for 22 years and has worked really well with just minor repairs.
  • You can even get the irrigation system to water any containers.
  • Keep your journal going with notes about what plants you like (and don’t like), features you want to add, etc. Do this on your phone, pad or an actual hand-written journal.
  • Sit in your garden, with your favorite drink, and enjoy the view.

Please contact Craig Okerstrom-Lang, ASLA, RLA for a consult at 413-329-6165