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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Down the Garden Path
Hardscaping and other infrastructure help to define various open-air “rooms” in the garden. Boys put in curved stone paths to connect spaces. Arched trellises are “doors” to formal plots.
An antique gazing globe, a gift from a neighbor, adds a whimsical touch. A fountain decorated with a bronze heron is tucked into greenery bordering the patio.
The wrought-iron fence in the classic, curved hairpin pattern was salvaged from Mount Vernon Place at Cazier Farms, as was the wooden garden gate.
“It’s more than 100 years old and still works perfectly,” Boys says.
The birdhouse, shaped and painted to look like nearby Rockford Tower, is the work of Thomas Burke of Wilmington, founder of Barn Again Bird Homes.
“I like to put herbs in the bird house to attract caterpillars,” she says. “It’s a spectacular sight, watching all those butterflies flutter out.”