Display has always been a goal in Alvan Fuller's North Hampton garden
NORTH HAMPTON — Businessman Alvan T. Fuller didn't create his massive gardens for himself. In fact, once he understood that the blooms could be seen from the road, he ordered a redesign so that even more flowers could be visible.
"His wife Viola really loved roses," Colen said. "So he built the garden really in tribute to her."
The side garden is laid out in a circular pattern of rose beds with grass pathways, all of which surrounds an antique well head. The garden is closed in by a privet hedge and a cedar fence upon which are "espaliered" apple trees.
The most recent garden on the grounds was built in 2005 and is known as The Lydia Fuller Bottomley garden. After four years of planning to make sure the design was in keeping with the Olmsted design, this garden was created to display statuary given to Fuller Gardens by the late daughter of Alvan and Viola Fuller. It features a reflecting pool with a marble nude flanked by twin rosebeds and an open grassy area.
Following a plan put in place by the original garden director back in the 1920s, the Fuller Garden staff among other things, cut the hedges every week and mow the grass three times a week. They also keep sharp the demarcation line between the grass and the soil.
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