Richard and Audrey Boys’ English-Style Cottage in Wilmington
What was once a chauffeur’s apartment has been beautifully transformed into a comfortable stone dwelling. And the garden is a sight to behold.
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Enter the Garden
In the early years, Boys’ husband tended the garden. He transplanted the boxwood hedge in front of the house to the rear garden, clearing out overgrown yews and straggly mimosa. He laid a patio of recycled brick.
The couple’s daughters, Kristine and Maggie, enjoyed spending time with their father outdoors. Kristine became a professional gardener, working at the Brandywine Conservancy before heading to the horticulture department at Cornell University in New York.
Mother and daughter began gardening side by side, carving out exuberant border beds of painted ferns, Virginia sweetspire, lungwort and blazing star.
Kristine introduced her mother to unusual flora, some developed at Cornell. Locally, Boys finds special plants at Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin.
Together, they created pockets of plantings, including a miniature meadow of grasses.
“Each spot in the garden has its own mood, yet they all flow together,” she says.