The Shade Garden
The SHADE GARDEN is an informal space located beside the front porch. A mix of sun and shade without excessive dampness provides the right conditions for shrubs such as hydrangea (H.hortensia “Nikko Blue”), viburnum (v.burkwoodii), spiraea (S.japonica), and weigela, as well as host varieties, grasses, ferns, and native holly and daylillies.
To the left side of the house, in front of the spacious front porch is the first of the 4 fountains in the gardens. The Saint Bernard fountain is in memory of our Saint Bernard, Bailey, who was an amazing Pet Therapy Dog for 6 years of her 12 year life. The name of our Inn is Abbington Green, but the name of our business is Bailey’s Star, named after our dog Bailey. There actually is a Bailey’s Star. When Bailey passed away, my team purchased an actual star. A framed print in the foyer of our home actually has the coordinates of Bailey’s Star. The Bailey fountain is joined with two other dog statues in memory of our Boxer, Cassie, another Pet Therapy Dog, and our Golden Retriever, Chance.
Step off the front porch, turn to the right, and follow the pea gravel path to an arbor with tete-a-tete benches where you can sit a while.
Try out the paths toward two other stone benches and enjoy the area from a new perspective. Then, walk toward the small gate on the right side of the house which leads to the next garden “room”.