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Jeff, Gardener in Chief

Contrary to popular opinion, some people in the Hamptons enjoy getting their hands dirty. I'm a self-taught gardener in East Hampton, NY that enjoys sharing my gardening experiences and inspiration with others. Hope you enjoy my blog and galleries.

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Making a Grand Entrance

On a recent trip to Boston, I was impressed with the beautiful entrances many city dwellers created for their Beacon Hill town homes. Not deterred by limited soil,  these Bostonians have created wonderful curb appeal with planters, window boxes, climbing vines and decorative wreaths.

Most houses in this historical district already possessed marvelous architecture, constructed in the Federal, Greek Revival or Victorian style during the 19th century. Theie entryways, with glossy painted doors surrounded by detailed sidelights and transoms, reveal such superb and unique craftsmanship rarely seen on newly constructed houses. The added greenery transforms these residences from looking like bygone relics to vibrant, lovingly-cared-for homes. 

I'm thankful to have been treated to so many enchanting and inspiring facades as I toured the picturesque streets.  I now have several new ideas to enhance my Hamptons home entry.


A welcoming wreath


Love the lobster door knocker 


Juniper and ivy frame decorative pepper plants


John and Teresa Heinz Kerry residence


Japanese grass with cabbages and peppers

Shaped boxwoods echo the rectangular sidelights


Grass plumes add striking autumn accents  


Small mums provide vibrant color


Multiple containers create lushness


Nice white trimwork


Brass accents pop on that cool blue door


Wisteria soften a brick facade


Close-up of previous house showing magnificent potted Boston ferns






Reader Comments (2)

Absolutely stunning. Nothing says welcome like a grand entrance. Loved the detail and care that was displayed.

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternittygrittydirtman

I'm surprised that I didn't see any climbing hydrangea. I have this climber on several outdoor walls and love the added blooms in early summer.

November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff, Gardener in Chief

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