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An Idyllic Farmhouse Retreat in Vermont

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An Idyllic Farmhouse Retreat in Vermont

November 26, 2012

A farmhouse built in 1806, an old apple orchard, and dry laid stone walls are prominent features of the landscape at Manhattan-based landscape architect Robin Key’s farm in Londonderry, Vermont. For nearly 30 years, she and her husband have been improving the property:

Photography courtesy of RKLA Studio.

Above: Over the years, Ms. Key restored the farmhouse, relocated the town road, and renovated the apple orchard. Woodland flower borders are planted with natives.

Above: The walls, built of stones gathered on the property, were built by Dan Snow, a Southern Vermont artisan and author of Listening to Stone ($17.61 from Amazon).

Above: The house is sited to take advantage of expansive views.

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Above: Native plants include ferns, trilliums, and columbines. Hosta and alliums (R) help create a layered effect with their different heights and leaf textures.

Above: The property’s shade-loving woodland plants include ferns and hostas.

Above: Lady’s mantle (Foreground) picks up dappled sunlight with its chartreuse flowers; a vegetable garden (Back) enjoys full sun.

Above: A screen porch and daylillies (Left).

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