In the Stillness of Winter

In the Stillness of WinterWorking with landscape designer Charles Chesshire, Anne created seven garden rooms in addition to the meadow. Each has distinct attributes and ambiance but flows seamlessly into the next due to the use of common landscape features, planting styles, and colors. Unlike many oases, which change constantly as they are formed, Morton Hall Gardens was carefully planned in advance, a unique factor that is perhaps best displayed during winter months when the distraction of leaves and flowers falls away. Beneath a frozen sky, the quality of the garden’s structure is revealed, with rounded evergreens softening its dramatic appeal under a dusting of snow.

Text Leslie Bennett Smith
Photography Clive Nichols

To learn more about Morton Hall Gardens, see “In the Stillness of Winter” in the January/February 2020 issue, available at

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