Floral Elegance in Every Detail: the Gardens of Classical Manor, Nashville

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It’s hard to know where to look first in this sumptuous garden in Nashville, TN, by Page|Duke Landscaping Architects: the delicate tracery of trees literally climbing a white wall; the careful sculpture of hedges and arbors that border and delineate “rooms” across the sweeping lawn; or the stately, formal deck and fountain, just outside the French doors from the house, with their relaxing blue benches and alfresco table and chairs. If you’re a topiary fan, you’ll love the carefully shaped hedges, endless “balls” of greenery that border cobblestone paths and provide privacy in every nook. Wander a stone path through low-lying ground cover and pause to look at the hydrangeas, just ready to burst into color…or marvel at the gradations of color from deep forest evergreens to pale lemon ferns.

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This garden’s elegance is an extension of the classic-styled manor it surrounds, with all the rich attention to detail such an estate demands. Stroll down one cobbled path and you find a hidden door, a private dining-room entrance. A stately eagle statue guards one gate; look closely at the base of the alabaster fountain and you’ll see intricate blue mosaics in a flower-petal design. Bronze lanterns, their frames showing a fine patina of age, light the way from door to door and shed subtle illumination on the outdoor seating. And then there is the most exuberant “room” of all, a path lined by blue-potted trees and spilling over with impatiens in pinks, whites, and purples, culminating in a floral espalier fronting two cozy seats. Whatever your mood, the gardens of Classical Manor offer visual and sensory delights to suit it.

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