Chrissie is well known in the area for opening her gardens to raise money for good causes. She's raised more than $175,000 for charity in the last twenty years. Sadly, there was an accident in her garden last year where one of the touring public fell on a brick pathway and was injured. The woman and her husband have pursued litigation and Chrissie won't open her garden to the public again because of it. The liability risk is too great. How sad for all the charities who benefited from her hard work and generosity and how sad for all the folks who enjoyed visiting her beautiful gardens. She still allows small groups such as ours to visit and I'm so thankful she does.
Chrissie, opened her home to us and set up the dining room for us to have lunch, served us lemonade and iced tea and made a fabulous batch of homemade (her own recipe) ginger cookies for dessert. After lunch she gave us a personal tour of her home and gardens. She's a very special lady and a most gracious hostess.
|What a colorful and cheerful entrance! Talk about curb appeal.|
|Love that bold purple Ensete foliage contrasting with the delicate Fagus foliage|
|Chrissie had several beautifully grown Sambucus 'Black Lace' It made me decide to try one again.|
|Love the columns Chrissie's husband has made for the gardens.|
|I absolutely adored the Coleus contrasting with the bright Lysimachia|
|Beautiful and very effective border, love it!|