Loving Touches of Blue: the Restored Boxwood Estate Garden, Nashville

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In the midst of lush green landscaping, a fresh blue tone emerges in this design by Page|Duke Landscape Architects for the Boxwood Estate in Nashville. Enter through a beckoning white gate over a cobblestone drive, and you glimpse a glorious house through the trees — stately Georgian columns, salmon-red brick, and deep sea-blue shutters; that hue is a color that then carries through the remainder of the estate. There’s truly no escaping the cool presence of blue — in reflected pool tile, white-trimmed loungers, house shutters, couch pillows, even one gate on the property. It’s part of the trim and pillows in a porch seating area, and it ornaments the white brick posts atop the wrought-iron gate. It gives a clean, fresh feeling wherever it’s found, providing an elegant complement to white hydrangeas and green boxwood.

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Italianate statuary graces an ivy-covered wall — contrasted by a bright pure-white pergola that shelters the lounge chairs by the pool. A low brick wall runs the length of a sloping lawn, backed by evergreens and deciduous trees touched by seasonal color. Trailing vines give a graceful trim to a lantern-lit garage entrance; native stone trimmed in red brick provides a wide driveway/walkway between buildings and picks up the reddish tone of the main-house brickwork. Note the contrast of delightfully “wild” native grasses and curving stone path, against the formality of intricate wrought iron. And sculpture is everywhere — in statuary lions that guard the grounds as well as in the shapes of trimmed shrubs that differentiate various garden “rooms.” This 1915 home’s restoration is clearly a labor of love…and colorful details.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).