ISSUE 26  |  Independence Day

Gardenista Giveaway: Landscape Architect Edmund Hollander’s Grand Estate Gardens

July 01, 2015 10:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Some of the grandest gardens on the East Coast are the work of landscape architects Edmund Hollander and Maryanne Connelly, who specialize in projects that call out for allées, stone terraces, and pastoral sweeps of lawn.

These are not gardens we get invited to wander in very often. But this week The Monacelli Press is publishing a new book, The Good Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Edmund Hollander Design. Written by New York Times garden columnist Anne Raver, the book has more than 300 color photographs of estate gardens with advice to home gardeners about how to get the same effect using similar plants and hardscape materials.

In partnership with the publisher, we are giving away five copies of the book to Gardenista readers. Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

Subscribe to the Gardenista Daily newsletter and leave a comment below describing your most recent garden project, whatever it may be. (If you are already a Gardenista Daily newsletter subscriber, mention that in the comments field.)

The contest ends on July 8 at 11:59 pm. Five winners will be selected in a random drawing and contacted through email by July 10.

Photography by Charles Mayer via The Monacelli Press.

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Above: Garden rehab 101: a scraggly, untended privet hedge was gently pruned and reshaped to create a leafy canopy to cover a gravel path.

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Above: Lacy Sophora japonica trees sit at each corner of a pool, underplanted with Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii,’ spireas, and hydrangeas.

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Above: A boardwalk made of hardwood ipe planks cuts across a dune, the path edged with cape beachgrass (Ammophila breviligulata “˜Cape’) and wind- and salt-tolerant perennial flowers including Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), catmint (Nepeta “˜Dropmore’), and sage (Salvia x sylvestris “˜Rhapsody in Blue’).

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Above: Liberated from overgrown vines, native black cherry trees (Prunus serotina) at the edge of the ocean endured years of strong winds (which contorted their trunks and branches into dancers’ poses). Native Amelanchier canadensis trees provide shade next to a guesthouse.

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Above: Plant pairings that work exceptionally well, purple anise (Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’), white phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘David’), and black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’) add bursts of color to a garden in late summer.

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Above: Three sets of steps of solid stone pavers descend gently through terraced beds. To soften the formality, plants include loose shrubs–white Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’ and blue Vitex agnus-castus–and meadow flowers such as Echinacea, Nepeta, Kalimeris, and Phlox paniculata ‘David.’

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Above: The Good Garden is $37.18 from Amazon.