{dirt 60631} In the Garden at Camp Rosemary

{dirt 60631} is a pictorial journal of Yvonne's garden journey in a Zone 5, Chicago city lot.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Camp Rosemary thru the Garden Conservancy Open Days.  This garden was designed by Rose Standish Nichols in the 1920's and is made up of many garden rooms separated by pines, yews, and boxwood hedges. A dreamy box-edged parterre, a thyme garden, a white garden, a linden allee, knot gardens, and manicured sweeping lawns are just some of features of this amazing garden.  Sitting on 4+ acres in Lake Forest, Illinois, this garden is definitely in my top 10 and a must to see when it is open!

The lavender garden in full glory.

Sweeping manicured lawns surround the gardens.  And yes, that is putting green grass!

Pots of annuals and perennials are used throughout the garden to add interest and pops of color.  Here agapantha is mixed beautifully with a trailing blue purple vine.

The entrance to the conservatory from the garden.

Yew and arborvitae hedges abound, creating garden rooms and backdrops to the flower beds.

A very creative use of a vintage chandelier frame planted with ivy and hanging in the pergola.

A mix of boxwood and ferns in the shade garden.

The scale of the arborvitae hedges is unbelievable.  Can you image the pruning required?

The garden rooms flow seamlessly from one to the next with opportunities to sit and ponder.

Which way to go?

This garden is built on structure for year round interest.  I love the use of the rounded boxwoods as sculpture.  Even in the winter, the silhouette with just kissed snow would be eye candy.

The dreamy potager overflowing with flowers and vegetables.  

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