Spring Gardens in VermontPosted on: May 13th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Keeping up with the Jones
It is Spring in SouthernVermont after a long winter. Our garden is beginning to sprout bulbs…our cherry tree is amazingly beautiful and our ferns, hostas and soon our amemones will be in full bloom. However, our next door neighbor’s yard, with its 180 year old perennial gardens, is amazing with lush greenery, bluebells, flowering trees bulbs and the estate’s expansive green lawn which wraps all around our house and barn. What a fabulous view from our inn especially from our sunny dining room.
The neighboring house, barn and grounds have been in the Welling family for generations. Edward M Welling, who owned a local mill, built the home on Main Street in North Bennington Village in 1827. The home’s current resident is Edward’s great, great granddaughter Mary, who married a fine young man, an architect and painter named Kevan Jones (Though our gardens are lovely-”keeping up with the Jones” fine property is difficult). Mary & Kevan raised their family in upstate New York but moved to North Bennington to care for the estate following Mary’s parents.
The Welling property always looks magnificent and Mary is a wonderful neighbor. She loves to share the beauty of her beautiful gardens with local residents as well as our guests.