Autumn Gardens

Autumn fireDespite the often heavy rains, it has been a truly magnificent autumn here in the Berkshires. It began earlier with cool summer nights which saw the brilliant color coming by the end of September. The hills became russet and deep gold. The fierce winds this weekend took care of most of all the remaining leaves. Sunday, we were without power almost a whole day.

 Val Kill Hyde ParkIn Hyde Park, at Eleanor Roosevelt’s beloved Val Kill, the view across the serene pond has probably not changed in over 80 years.

Bellefield at Hyde Park‘Bellefield’, a Beatrix Farrand designed garden, sits on the Roosevelt property adjacent to the Roosevelt Presidential Library. Zinnias and dahlias were still robustly in bloom when we visited.

 Sublime Autumn colorThe tints and tones of autumn shimmer in this lovely garden.

 Elegant autumn gardenSome gardens just get better as the season advances because they are so masterfully designed to do so. Mine seems to retire with a thud!

 Water RillThe butterscotch color of fading hosta foliage turns this water rill into an arresting sight.

subtle color contrastContrasts of texture and form create great interest along this walkway. Notice the rough and smooth within the path itself.

Scarlet Library treesFriday, the Library had the last word in a scarlet profusion!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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