The grassy curves of Niumkeg unite the garden as a group of visitors. Photo courtesy of Nahumgag
I was pleased to read that Chantecler CEO Bill Thomas had come to Naumkeg on September 18 (and was disappointed that I was not free to attend classes because of another commitment.) However, I am fine. Bill has had the opportunity to get to know Bill since he was the director of Chantellar, so I am grateful to have others. Opportunity to hear him talk about the garden.
Before I was in charge of Bill, I went to Chanteller and, worst of all, it was a wonderful garden full of plants, but as long as Bill took over the whole landscape, in my opinion he showed the good side of the other. A garden design that is often unfamiliar and makes the speech more appropriate on Naumkeag – the ability to combine different spaces and gardens together. Unlike Naumkeag, the private spaces in Chanticleer have unique personalities. In the case of Chanticleer, each of these gardens is managed by an individual gardener or administrator who oversees the design of the site as well as planting and maintenance. The reinforcement was at an all-time high, and it is now, and each place has the ingenuity that contributes to Chantiler’s overall reputation. And, of course, the director of the company is involved in all these designs.
The director works as an editor, recording the voice of the creator of each space. The result is a landscape that reflects the personality of each gardener. The pebble garden, the ruins, the Asian forests, the pond garden, the cutting garden and the potter, and the gardens near the main house each have a unique style. Tropical plants usually describe the swimming pool garden, while drought-tolerant plants describe the elevated hill leading to the pond garden. Before Bill’s reign, they all felt highly connected in their gardening field, but somehow they felt they were different. The gap seems to separate them from each other, but somehow it separates them from something else. These transitions between places are complex in any size garden – it’s nice to be surprised when someone walks around a corner, but like a great novel, it brings out the wisdom of the little shadow that comes with it. The work in general.
It was here that Bill and Naumkeg designer Fletcher Style stepped in and took their gardens to new heights. They saw something that others had not seen, such as the wisdom of transitioning to critical spaces. In Naumkeg, Steele’s deep curves and modern styles connect the gardens from the walled Chinese garden to the boundary of the Formese Venetian fountain and at the end of trees cut down in the Olmetadian forest. This individual change in the gaps between them has made the garden more warm and direct for a gardener, allowing a few surprises when one enters each garden. The work of Bill Thomas and Fletcher Style is equal to the design of a gracious host who guides you to the party and introduces you to other guests in a seemingly effortless manner.
With Chanticleer, led by Bill, Roads and Connections between each location will somehow get visitors to move forward and enjoy the party. The elevated walkway leads visitors from the pond garden and the house to the main landscape to Chanticleer, and the winding road and rails are reminiscent of Bill Steele’s work. Many times in my life I have had the good fortune and joy of being personally introduced to Chanteller, and I have come to realize that Bill’s welcome signs are printed on the ground in the same way as Namkeg Fletcher Style. Transitions are not short and meaningless but they connect things together over a lifetime, and I have no doubt that Fletcher Style’s spirit will welcome Bill Thomas into the garden and know Bill’s relatives.
I want to see them meet there.
A gardener thrives on his own and other failures, victories and hard work by observing, trying and learning. Accordingly, all gardeners educate themselves, and at the same time connect with a satisfying culture and community by cultivating the soil and sharing their experiences with each other. This column explores those relationships and how we learn about the world around us from plants and gardeners.