It’s hard to know where to look first in this sumptuous garden in Nashville, TN, by Page|Duke Landscaping Architects: the delicate tracery of trees literally climbing a white wall; the careful sculpture of hedges and arbors that border and delineate “rooms” across the sweeping lawn; or the stately, formal deck and fountain, just outside the French doors from the house, with their relaxing blue benches and alfresco table and chairs. If you’re a topiary fan, you’ll love the carefully shaped hedges, endless “balls” of greenery that border cobblestone paths and provide privacy in every nook. Wander a stone path through low-lying ground cover and pause to look at the hydrangeas, just ready to burst into color…or marvel at the gradations of color from deep forest evergreens to pale lemon ferns.
This garden’s elegance is an extension of the classic-styled manor it surrounds, with all the rich attention to detail such an estate demands. Stroll down one cobbled path and you find a hidden door, a private dining-room entrance. A stately eagle statue guards one gate; look closely at the base of the alabaster fountain and you’ll see intricate blue mosaics in a flower-petal design. Bronze lanterns, their frames showing a fine patina of age, light the way from door to door and shed subtle illumination on the outdoor seating. And then there is the most exuberant “room” of all, a path lined by blue-potted trees and spilling over with impatiens in pinks, whites, and purples, culminating in a floral espalier fronting two cozy seats. Whatever your mood, the gardens of Classical Manor offer visual and sensory delights to suit it.