Victoria Classics’ Flowers and Gardens special issue brings you the verdant, bloom-filled landscapes of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, with its ambrosial blend of fragrances; the botanical wonderland of Bellingrath Gardens; and the sculptured acres of bright, lovely flora at The Huntington. A handpicked selection of private homeowners reveals the transformations behind their lush, personal retreats, including lovingly tended herb, vegetable, and flower gardens. Also: Explore the manicured lawns of the illustrious Agecroft Hall, an Elizabethan manor transported from England to Virginia.
Take a closer look at some of our favorite Flowers and Gardens features:
Legacy of Loveliness
When Bessie Bellingrath began planting azaleas at her husband’s fishing camp on the Fowl River near Mobile, no one could have imagined just what this fertile plot of south Alabama soil would become.
Wonders Among the Stones
The Pine Tree State’s distinctive shoreline features miles of rugged, rock-edged peninsulas marked by towering conifers and tide-chiseled coves. Amidst this unique landscape lies a beautiful surprise: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
Abloom on a Distant Shore
Manicured lawns frame illustrious Agecroft Hall, a centuries-old English manor that was dismantled in the 1920s, transported across the Atlantic Ocean, and reconstructed to become the showplace of an American village.
Sotto Voce: A Hushed Garden Palette
When homeowners Eric and Diana Hansen purchased their Jazz-Age home, they bought not just a six-lot property, but also a rich heritage, ready to be preserved.
A Culinary Retreat
Hidden behind a proper period home and protected with a white picket fence lies a garden filled with flowers throughout the summer. Even beyond that bounty, this Connecticut herb garden is redolent with delectable scents.
The Victoria Classics’ Flowers and Gardens special issue is available for purchase online.