Formal Gardens

Worthington, MA

Without the informal design features of the New England cottage garden style, landscaping formal gardens aims to balance symmetry and refinement with the experience of the landscape. We have professionally maintained these manicured gardens for many years, and they have continually exceeded the owner’s expectations. All hardscaping was done by Sean Noonan of Dolmen Stoneworks.


One of the key features of the landscape, the clipped boxwood hedges give a sense of harmony, geometric order, and pleasing structure.A view of the birdbath enclosed by the calm, smooth balance of the surrounding shrubbery and flora.


The birdbath in the center, surrounded by a ring of ornamental but hardy lavender, creates a focal point for the viewer’s eye. The stone walkway separates the landscape into four quadrants.
Another view of the Worthington, MA formal garden with manicured box hedges, carefully built stone wall, and ornamental birdbath.


The east garden stone wall is sunken into the hillside. This, along with the three other walls and the flat flagstone, creates a heat sink micro-climate where plants are able to thrive in a cold windswept condition. The homeowner is responsible for this stroke of design brilliance.
Here the Worthington, MA formal garden sits in balanced, pleasing harmony with the rest of the estate.


The evergreen backdrop gives the sunken garden privacy from the tennis court.
The stone wall is perfectly angled to encompass the full spectrum of the formal garden, which adds geometric order and structure to the design.


This copper beech was planted three years ago. It was brought in from Boston with an 11′ diameter root ball. It has transplanted very well. Seeds for the native columbine tree were scattered at the base the previous spring.
Pictured is the copper beech brought from Boston with the native columbine in flower beneath it.


Shrub Border Two Years After Installation. The shrubs used in this border are annabelle hydrangea, red twig dogwood and ninebark.An image of the shrub border installed at the Worthington, MA formal garden site using annabelle hydrangea, red twig dogwood, and ninebark shrubs.

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