Homes Magazine - Page 34 - Living History (3)

Homes Magazine
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Living History (3)
The Newhalls brought in truckloads of soil, making the hard and rocky ground more hospitable for growing. They turned the understory of the woods into garden vignettes connected by a meandering sylvan path.

“I think what gets lost in that garden is how much they really did,” says Stiles Colwill, a Luthervillebased interior designer who worked on the house and advised on the garden. “It is very much a joint project of theirs.”

Three “platforms” — viewpoints at the rear of the house — created by Baltimore-based architect James Snead allow the couple to enjoy the scenery.

Many of the plants are repeated throughout the garden. There’s more to that than visual continuity.

“We didn’t know what we could put in our garden that would grow,” Amy Newhall says. When plants thrived, the Newhalls planted more of them. It explains why hundreds of ivory and soft lavender blooms of hellebores that blanket swaths of the woodland floor in early spring give way to ferns and more than three dozen cultivars of hosta as the weather warms.

Chuck calls creating the gardens a “coping mechanism” for the PTSD he suffered after his Army service in Vietnam.