Colorful Lined Walkway

Lynden Miller’s "day-daff" walk blooms first with muscari and 75 varieties of daffodils, then fills in with daylilies.

Crisp Narcissus

Pheasant’s Eye narcissus peek out from the edges of the walkway.

Gated Garden Entrance

Pencil-pruned Thuja occidentalis "Emerald" trees stand guard at the day-daff walk entrance.

Rich Tulips and Snowy Narcissus

"Gavota" tulip and double narcissus punctuate the scenery.

Woodland Garden

Over a 30-year period, this area has become a confection of scilla, mertensia, hosta, and chionodoxa.

Garden Potting Shed

The plantings around the potting shed are accented by urns that cradle dianthus

Cheerful Colors

Yellow tulips bloom bright against a stone backdrop.

Plant Textures

Textures add interest to the garden.

The Daffodil Project

Lynden B. Miller, with her far-flung public landscape projects, is the dynamo responsible for helping to improve the quality of life for 8 million New York City residents. But on September 11, 2001, as she watched the smoke rising from the ruins of the World Trade Center, she was beside herself with grief. Then, in her darkest hour, the fax machine started chattering with an offer from a Dutch bulb grower/friend: "What can I do to help?" In Lynden’s Connecticut garden, a long strip of daffodils pops up every spring as a symbol of hope. So she didn’t miss a beat. "Do you have any extra daffodils?"

Read on for the rest of Lynden’s story.

The Daffodil Project

When New York harbor finally reopened late that September, one of the first ships to come in was laden with a million daffodil bulbs for the city. "Let’s plant them in places that haven’t seen a flower in years," the no-neighborhood-left-behind garden designer decided. Ten thousand volunteers came to help get those bulbs in the ground. The next spring, New York City was circled in golden blossoms. And it didn’t stop there. The Daffodil Project—as it’s now called—is responsible for planting 5 million bulbs to date. Lynden’s goal is to ultimately plant 8 million daffodils—one for every New York resident.

Shady Garden Sitting Area

Garden furniture sets up a dialogue with the crabapple tree in the long perennial and shrub border behind the house. Bleeding hearts, clipped boxwood, ‘Montgomery’ spruces carved into orbs, and a pageant of perennials introduce nonstop intrigue.

Classic Detail

An armillary can always be counted on to lend an air of classicism to the garden.

Colorful Blooms

A palette of pinks, grays, purples, and burgundies harmonizes throughout the year in front of an evergreen backdrop. 

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

In this farmhouse setting, a rail fence and a picket fence, both painted white work well together.

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Captivating Connecticut Garden

Tucked behind an old farmhouse lies a beautiful garden

Written and produced by Tovah Martin
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Classic Detail

An armillary can always be counted on to lend an air of classicism to the garden.


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