As I wrote last week, I was heading to my favorite city of Newburyport MA on Saturday for the annual PTO Kitchen Design Tour. I’ve been to several of these tours, along with the Christmas house tour and I have to say – this year was a treat! All the houses were lovely, all had beautiful kitchens and interiors, but a real treat was how gorgeous the yards and gardens were. This could easily have been a garden tour, skip the kitchens. Luckily, the kitchens were great too. All around, a wonderful tour. So, in order to whet your whistle for what’s the come, I thought I’d share my favorite gardens and yards on the tour. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
This yellow American four square house is located in one of less charming streets in town (nothing personal, homeowners!). But in a town where charm abounds, this street abuts a highway and is simply more utilitarian. That said, this beautiful little yellow house sports a spectacular yard, landscaping and hardscaping.
This gorgeous white clapboard Georgian Colonial dates to 1750 and is situated well back from the road (not a common feature in town) and is hidden behind some lovely hedges. Step up into the yard and all the land charm is right out front.
This is another hidden gem – a pool right out front of the house, hidden behind another hedge.
Looking back towards the street. Doesn’t this look so English?
This brick Georgian style home is right on the street but sports a secret oasis out back.
I love this cute little blue house with the eyebrow window. The tree out front is so perfectly scaled for the house and street.
A beautiful large brick patio and stone walks throughout the backyard.
This sweet house is on Plum Island and has a surprisingly large yard for the area where houses are situated cheek by jowl. Just down the street is a spectacular marsh view. (sorry, no pic!).
This traditional Victorian era house has some pretty spectacular interiors which I’ll shade in a later post, but the yard and gardens are pretty great too.
The lawn out back is an impressively perfect rectangle. Sometimes square corners can work really well.
And the gentleman below certainly looked comfy and relaxed.
The final house is a new build in traditional style.
I loved the little fairy gardens set up outside the back door. So sweet!
I’m not going to lie, I came home feeling very low about the condition of my yard and spent Sunday pulling weeds. Gardening – not my favorite thing. But a beautiful garden can’t be beat!
All photos by Linda Merrill.