Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Garden of Michael Trapp

 Connecticut is particularly rich in garden touring opportunities ; the 2014 Garden Conservancys Open Days Directory has 33 pages of garden listings for the state starting in May all the way to October. Last weekend on the occasion of our annual garden tour blitz , my friends and I set off for the open gardens in Litchfeild County. Michael Trapps garden is highly individualistic - Euro-Medit-Old World rolled up into one. Perched on a hillside overlooking the Housatonic river the cobble pavers lead you up and down terraces bordered by salvaged concrete balustrades, punctuated by pillars, urns and plantings that lead your eye to the mysteries ahead.







 Sue and another friend relax on the terrace. Unfortunately ,no one brought them wine.


Looking back towards the house.Still no wine.


 









This dining terrace was bordered on one side by espaliered fruit trees..very effective -but I don't seem to have gotten a photo.Guess I'll have to go back !






Inside the pool house...


Outside the pool house...






23 comments:

  1. That's the nicest pool house I've ever seen. Thanks for the tour. I would have enjoyed it with wine, too, but it's still a bit early.

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    1. Wine with lunch is ok though..and this was after lunch !

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  2. Nice garden, like being in Italy!

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  3. Thanks so much for posting on the idyll's 2014 jaunts! A working title for this garden could be a Connecticut Yankee in a Mediterranean Court.

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    1. It was a great trip Denise, and the weather was perfect too...none of that nasty humidity.

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  4. Looking just at the photos, Connecticut would not be the first place I would think of as the setting for this beautiful garden.

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    1. We had an "Oh wow" moment when we stepped through the gate..so unexpected-which added to the charm.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your photos of this fab garden!

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    1. I wish I'd taken more Alison. At least my camera was in full working order this time ...

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  6. Beautiful, and yes wine would have made it better (there will be wine in my garden for the Fling!)

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    1. Wine in the Danger Garden..what could be better ?

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  7. Not only did they not bring us wine but where were the pool boys with the grapes and fans? Definitely a garden different from what we typically see in CT. That pool house had to be the most creative one I've ever seen.

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    1. Yeah, the pool house..Maybe the pool boys with the fans etc were on break.

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  8. I have to agree with Sue that the pool house here was the most creative use of a garden space ever. Wonderful artistic garden filled with surprises around every corner. You did a fabu-fabu job on this garden Kathy.

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    1. Thanks Deanne..maybe you can decorate the greenhouse over the hot tub in that fashion...:-)

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  9. A chandelier in the garden! How marvelous.

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    1. Layanee, I visited your blog after you commented here and see that you are in RI..the day after we visited Michael Trapps garden we drove to your beautiful state which featured a visit to the fantastic Farmers Daughter nursery in S Kingston and lunch at the equally fabulous Matunuck Oyster Bar...I still taste those seared scallops !

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  10. A great garden! That pool house is incredible as is the whole garden. Thanks for the lust-inspiring tour. It's so hard to find a good wine steward these days!

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  11. Little did I know the store was open on the ground floor of the house, and have wasted quite a bit of time on pinterest looking at was I was 10 feet away from and missed !

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  12. Great garden, very different. Thanks for the tour.

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  13. Interesting garden! It would have been fun to tour. :o)

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  14. Anything I'd add would be repetitive of prior comments - but I can't resist saying, "Oh! The pool house!"
    After virtual tours of the beautiful northeast coast, I was quite happily impressed by YOUR coast as well!

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