The Cresson Garden at Hedgleigh Spring

Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 10-48-45 AMCharles Cresson’s home in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, US.

As I contemplated three more winter “weather events” in the next three days, culminating in 3 to 5 more inches of snow, I thought what we all need is some photos of a beautiful, warm, flower-filled garden.  I had visited Charles Cresson’s garden Hedgleigh Spring in May of 2014 but never posted the photos.  Now seems like a perfect time.  Enjoy

Nursery News:  This Saturday, March 7, Carolyn’s Shade Gardens will be selling plants at Winterthur gardens in Delaware for their annual snowdrop event.  For registration information, click here.

The 2015 Snowdrop Catalogue, featuring snowdrops and other winter interest plants like cyclamen and hellebores, is on the sidebar, and we are taking orders.  To access the catalogue, please click here.  If you would like to receive emails notifying you of catalogues, events, and sales, please sign up for our customer email list by sending your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net.  If you are interested in snowdrops, please let us know and we will put you on the snowdrop list.

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 10-50-35 AMCharles has hosted hundreds of tours at Hedgleigh Spring, a garden begun by his grandfather a century ago.
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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 10-54-03 AMEvery inch of the garden is packed with plants, and many are rare and unusual.

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-00-39 AMRoses and honeysuckle climb the wall.

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-02-23 AMroses and honeysuckle

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-26-29 AMA striking combination of bletilla and azaleas.

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-39-23 AM.

Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-37-59 AMcoralbells and bearded iris

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-40-44 AMheirloom coralbells and nepeta

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-48-48 AMA tree peony, what a gorgeous color.

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-52-40 AMajuga and hardy geranium

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-53-34 AMThe pond garden was breath-taking.

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 11-59-02 AMPrimroses along the wall in the pond area.

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 12-18-08 PManother gorgeous tree peony

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 12-22-17 PM.

Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 12-19-53 PMMy favorite combination, Japanese iris and ‘Caramel’ coralbells.

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Cresson Garden May 2014 5-22-2014 12-43-47 PMEvery nook and cranny has a plant!

It doesn’t seem like it, but our gardens will be flower-filled sometime soon.

Carolyn

Nursery Happenings: We will be selling snowdrops and hellebores at Winterthur on March 7, details hereWe are now taking orders, for mail order or pick up in March, from the 2015 Snowdrop Catalogue, featuring snowdrops and other winter interest plants like cyclamen and hellebores.  To access the catalogue, please click here.  

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32 Responses to “The Cresson Garden at Hedgleigh Spring”

  1. Oh, this is exactly what I needed to see in order to restore my flagging faith in spring EVER returning — thank you! 🙂 (and I too cannot believe that we are in for yet more of this white stuff this week! Enough already!) 😉

  2. Nancy Bellaire Says:

    Wow, his garden is magnificent. I would love to see it. When I first started to garden I used to take his book on perennial gardening out of the library all the time. Read it cover to cover. I visited your garden when coming to buy plants and your shady gardens are beautiful. Happy spring soon, Nancy

  3. What I love about this garden most is its history… the thought that future generations care enough to keep it going… if there was one dream that could be fullfilled after my passing, it would be that a family member would want to carry on… alas, it’s not looking likely and as with so many garden adventures, it is likely to be of a single generation only… enjoyed your photos very much… L

    • Larry, That is probably the most wonderful thing about this garden, and I am glad you pointed it out. I don’t know what will happen to my garden, but I console myself that it is really about the process and my enjoyment of it rather the product, the garden itself. Carolyn

  4. Leslie Bass Says:

    Thank you!! This restores my gardening spirits!

  5. Elizabeth McLean Says:

    Dear Carolyn

    Thank you very much for sharing your photos. It is a very special garden, that I have not seen for years. Perfect timing, as I itch for my “old” plants in my new garden to show through the snow, and tell me that spring is really coming.

    ( I have moved from 5 acres on Cherry Lane to a small “villa” at Waverly, but was able to bring some small “treasures” with me.)

    Yesterday smelled like spring!

    With all best wishes

    Elizabeth

    Sent from my iPhone

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  6. cherylNjohn Says:

    Hi Carolyn, Loved your blog especially as I look out on 4 feet of snow but Thursday we leave for St. John and I am so ready to get out of town. John is all set to start seeds the day after we get back. I have a tray of verbena bonariensis stratifying in the frig..and will move it to the heating mat when we get back. I’m growing stuff for pollinators this year. We have so much winter pruning to do but the raspberries and blackberries must be cut to the ground so I have to wait on them. Cheryl

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  7. Ann Nunn Says:

    Thank you, Carolyn, those pictures are a sight for winter-sore eyes! I have taken several of Charles’ classes at Longwood and have enjoyed his teaching and enthusiasm. I would love to tour his garden!

  8. Bonnie Devine Says:

    Nice try….and I was even lucky enough to miss a month of this!

    I’ll be in New Orleans (where I hope it doesn’t snow!) from March 11-23. Will this be a problem for picking up my winter plants?

    Best, Bonnie

    On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:50 AM, CAROLYN’S SHADE GARDENS wrote:

    > Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens posted: “Charles Cresson’s home in > Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, US. As I contemplated three more winter “weather > events” in the next three days, culminating in 3 to 5 more inches of snow, > I thought what we all need is some photos of a beautiful, warm, > flower-fille”

  9. Hi….you were spot on! A colourful and thoughtful garden on what is here, in South west France, a bleak and rainy day again…we’ve had about 6 weeks of this. So thanks, Carolyn. Paeonia delavayi? Maybe? Fabulous colour…

  10. I remember his beautiful garden and these views so well. Nice to see it again.

    • Donna, I really enjoyed visiting Charles’s garden with you because you appreciated it as a designer. Aside from having amazing plants, the garden is very sophisticated from a design standpoint. It is hard to imagine those flowers now with snow on the way. Carolyn

  11. I can see why you like the Iris and Heuchera combo, the colors are striking.

    • Les, As you noticed, the center of the iris picks up the exact color of the leaves of the ‘Caramel’ heuchera. The combination was in the back corner of the vegetable garden, and it was my favorite of any, although it had some spectacular rivals. Carolyn

  12. These plant combinations are beautiful.
    The mid-Atlantic seems to be in the kind of weather pattern we were in last month, storm after storm. Now that February is over, I’m glad to have that weather behind us and to be enjoying sunshine and warmer temperatures (although still considerably below normal for this time of year). I hope you get spring weather and melting soon.

  13. Thanks Carolyn as I needed this…still cold and snowing here today.

  14. debsgarden Says:

    Completely charming! I would not have thought to combine roses and honeysuckle, but I love it. My garden is just about to burst open with spring blooms…any day, I can’t wait!

  15. Every picture is breathtaking, Carolyn! I love the symmetry of the house — ours is also symmetrical, but not nearly so interesting. Perennial geranium and ajuga? Wish I had thought of putting them together. Very inspiring on this snowy day! P. x

  16. I saw Donna’s posts on this garden as well. Interestingly enough, you both focused on different things. I love some of the aspects of the garden you have shown here like the pond. I must say it’s a really beautiful garden.

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