There’s something magical about gardens, especially in summertime. The warmest months, when foliage and grass are a rich green, flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and birds are chirping, are when you want to be outside enjoying the natural beauty around you. The inspiration sprouting from the gardens in the following six homes is almost as abundant as the flora itself. From precisely manicured English gardens to creekside wildflowers, prepare to have your inner gardener awakened.
Watermill South, New York
The garden of your dreams. Landscape architect Quincy Hammond designed the home’s show-stopping gardens. The property’s approximately six acres of gardens and accessory structures include a carriage house, a heated gunite pool, a large rose garden, an apple orchard with 60-year-old trees, potage garden, flower cutting gardens, dry stacked stone walls and gravel walkways, specimen mature trees and plantings laid out in an English garden design. A beautiful nature path leads down to the waterside with a large dock, perfect for motorboats and kayaks.
Beverly Hills Post Office, California
Off the famed Benedict Canyon, only minutes from Rodeo Drive and The Beverly Hills Hotel, lies one of the most incredible and secluded compounds in all of Beverly Hills. Behind tall gates and ivy-covered walls is over 14 acres that have been accumulated over many years to create a five-parcel paradise. Once you enter the gates, the property unfolds with beautifully landscaped grounds, nature trails, five stables and white gravel riding rings for horses.
Old Westbury, New York
The approximately 90-acre Erchless estate was built in 1935 for Howard Phipps, the youngest son of Henry Phipps, Jr. who made his fortune at Carnegie Steel. The original family who built the home nearly a century ago still owns and lives there. The magnificent and expansive grounds encompass 80-foot-tall beech trees, a farm, a collection of stables, an arboretum, a botanical garden, two greenhouses, a nursery and a seemingly endless array of gardens and specimen trees. Howard Phipps’ passion for rhododendrons resulted in breeding them on this property for more than 60 years. Some of his award-winning hybrid varieties are still available today commercially. For the past 15 years, efforts have been made to maintain the garden organically, such as composting and no use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals.
Old Snowmass, Colorado
This property, known as Rockin’ M Ranch, showcases Mother Nature at its finest. With grand views, abundant sunshine, lush rolling lawns, a picnic park on the creek, two ponds, forest trails, a playground park and fishing, the 33+ acres have it all. Snowmass Creek meanders through the property providing peaceful sights and sounds. Every room in the home enjoys views of the creek. Flower gardens that imitate natural wildflowers surround the home and complete this Colorado haven.
Set on a secluded 5-acre hillside on the shore of Gorham’s Pond, this Mediterranean villa built by composer Frank LaForge in 1936, is a storybook dream brought to life. Magnificent gardens and sweeping lawns overlook the tranquil pond with swans. A covered veranda, with automated screens and vaulted ceiling is open on three sides with water and garden views. The custom-built iron rotisserie grill makes this a favorite spot to entertain in any season.
Manhattan, New York
What distinguishes 207 East 71st Street is that the owner has a long-term lease on the first 2 floors of the adjacent mansion creating a 50-foot width on those levels which provides an incredible 50-foot-wide garden and approximately 10,550 total square feet of living space. The living room features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the private and multi-tiered planted garden. This unique garden is one of the widest and most private gardens in Manhattan.
—by Jacqueline Kuron