7.14.2012

Judy Tompkins's Garden...

Today my dear friend gifted me a little pot of hollyhocks (this same friend once single-handedly ripped up her entire front yard and filled it with wildflowers... but that's a story for another day.)  Naturally, I can't help but dream of cottage gardens when thinking of hollyhocks and their gentle yet statuesque form.  And when I think of cottage gardens, the one that comes most readily to mind is that of landscape designer Judy Tompkins.  I must have snipped these tear sheets years ago!  While I am enamored at what she has done with her own space, I really think it is a reflection of who she is as a designer and woman.  At age 60, she invented herself as a landscape designer... educating herself and following her strong instincts.  Her plantings are a mix of what the topography leads her to plant as well as what she wants to see displayed inside the home.  So rarely do I think of what I want to display in arrangements inside the home, but what a wonderful way to look at the garden!  Not just a space to be enjoyed while outside, but as an opportunity to decorate one's home with nature's beauty.  So without further ado, a few favorite snippets from Judy Tompins's home...

Such an unexpected use of flagstone to create a grass pathway!

Loving the deep "Black Parrot" tulips mixed with white bleeding hearts in black vases...

Another dramatic arrangement in black pottery... once again displaying her love of the tulip.

Tompkins and her cat, Diver, under her romantic wisteria...

For more pictures of her beautiful home and the full story, jump on over here.

Happy gardening, friends!

xo, k

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