Atkinson Garden Club
"To promote interest in home gardening, aid in the protection of native plants, trees, and wildlife and further civic beautification."

The Garden of Kristina Scarpa and Neil Hamel

The July Garden of the Month has been awarded to Kristina Scarpa and Neil Hamel of 3 Fernwood Way. The garden has been a 13 year work in progress that showcases Kristina's large variety of Hosta. Borders and islands are filled with the shade loving, low maintenance Hosta and dotted with colorful perennials, Lilies, Black Cohosh, Coral Bells, Purple Cone Flower and Daisies. There are annuals, Geranium, Petunia, Begonia, Lantana and Coleus and several types of ornamental grasses. The sunny spots have a large raised bed vegetable garden with everything you could desire for a sumptuous summer meal and some spaces with wintered over indoor tropicals including a potted fig tree. A small water garden hosts a few water plants in front of the chicken coup and run, that houses a mix of chickens and ducks, that pay for their keep with their colorful, delicious fresh eggs that they sell for $3 a dozen. The back of the property has a small barn with a friendly miniature horse and a few goats that the neighborhood children enjoy visiting and giving treats. The yard his framed by trees and mature flowering shrubs.There are two seating areas by the house, one in a privet grotto surrounded by a rock garden with a hedge of box and potted plants and a second story deck where the family often eats and spends the evening that is bursting with colorful pots and deck boxes flowing with annuals, herbs and feeders for the birds. The garden has some decoration here and there with a farm theme, an antique plow, some windmills and a boot planter. A truly lovely garden anyone would love to wonder through over and over again.