A walk through the gardens of the Governor Stephen Hopkins House is well worth it, even if it’s early in the season. On a recent trip to Providence, Rhode Island, we stumbled upon this beautiful little historical gem nestled into the campus of Brown University. The eighteenth-century landmark is beautifully preserved on a postage stamp sized piece of land. But, to me, the way this parcel was laid out and utilized (every square inch!) was truly inspiring.
I really go ga-ga over well-designed gardens. As a gardener, I love the beauty of a re-created historical garden in the early spring – how clearly you can view its garden plan/layout. The way this tiny property is terraced, and formally plotted. Stone terraces, old brick walks and walls create the overall structure to the gardens that wrap around the house.
From ornamental plantings like the climbing English Ivy and trimmed boxwood, to the untamed borders of lavender and hydrangea, these gardens create so many pretty sight lines (even when they’re dormant). I’m now inspired to see what little touches from the Governor’s House I can add to my own Connecticut Country House gardens.