Gala Garden

Nestled by the pond is the sun-loving Gala Garden–bright with climbing “Jacob’s Robe” roses and “Jackmanii” clematis–enclosed by two arching rows of brilliant blue pillars.

Saturated Hues

The brilliant purple of clematis is striking against deep blue latticework.

Stepping Stones

Flagstone steppers lead to the gazebo.

Morning Dew

The garden is especially beautiful on dewy mornings.

Looking Glass

The reflection of the Adirondack chairs in the pond lends an otherworldly beauty.

Blooms

David Austin English rose ‘Abraham Darby’ and ‘East Friesland’ salvia display saturated hues of pink and purple.

Pretty Fringe

Brightly colored ground covers add a layer of texture and color, like fringe on a scarf.

Portrait

Homeowner Peggy Olsen and her daughter, landscape designer Liz Olsen, relax with a spot of tea.

Imposing Entry

The emerald lawn and globed borders help make the entrance imposing.

Pinks and Whites

Plenty of pink and white enhance the romanticism of the garden’s palette.

Water Feature

Situated off the dining room, a small pond area showcases roses and a Japanese maple tree.

Playground

“My parents let me ‘play’ in their garden, testing things out,” says landscape designer Liz Olsen. “Because we’ve lived here so long, I know what an arborvitae is going to look like after 20 years.”

English Pool Garden Entrance

Announcing the entrance to the English Pool Garden is a pair of classical urns placed on wide Eden Flagstone steps.

Container Plantings

Container plantings punctuate the garden, adding an element of structure to swaths of soft blooms. 

Cherub

Holding aloft an urn of purple ‘Wave’ petunias and ‘Silver Falls’ dichondra, the statue was a Father’s Day gift from daughters Kate and Liz to their dad, Eric Olsen.

Sitting Area

The garden abounds in restful sitting areas.

A Touch of Whimsy

A fanciful planter brings a smile. 

Alfresco Dining

Details make the table, as well as the garden.

Happy Hues

Sunny yellow blooms add cheer.

Green Cascade

Throughout the garden, cascading plants contribute a sense of movement.

Classic Vignette

Would you agree there is something slightly Mt. Vernonesque about this vignette?

Vertical Elements

Vertical elements vary the garden’s tempo.

Columned Area

A colorful potted annual lantana tree situated near woven wicker furniture makes the pool pergola an inviting place to sit. A Thomas Jefferson vine is entwined on the obelisk.

Pink Blooms

‘Ville de Lyon’ clematis lends exoticism to the English Pool Garden.

Garden Information

Where: Barrington Hills, Illinois
Conditions: Zone 5a; clay, amended with compost, gypsum, and organic fertilizer.
Highlights: Classic English Pool Garden with perennials and fragrant rosebushes; shaded walk under a canopy of oaks.

Arches and Pergolas

Arches and pergolas are among classical motifs employed in the garden.

Bone Structure

The sharp angles of paths give the garden its striking bone structure.

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Classic Mother-Daughter Garden

A mother-daughter bond grows in a classic Illinois garden

Written by Kari Richardson
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Garden Information

Where: Barrington Hills, Illinois
Conditions: Zone 5a; clay, amended with compost, gypsum, and organic fertilizer.
Highlights: Classic English Pool Garden with perennials and fragrant rosebushes; shaded walk under a canopy of oaks.

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