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Logans create gardens as labor of love

Story and photos by Laura Freeman Published: June 12, 2017 4:36 PM
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First featured in the 2007 Hudson Home & Garden Tour, creating the gardens on Manor Drive was a labor of love for the homeowners.

Molly and John Logan moved to the property in 2003 when none of the gardens existed.

"There were a few trees," Molly said. "We put in everything."

A sunny cottage garden greets visitors with a riot of color as they begin the tour. Just inside the gate is a boxwood brought from England by Ada Cooper Miller's family in the early 1900s.

Molly enjoys a variety of clematis and has a Princess Diana variety in the fenced garden and a Prince Charles variety near the lamp post and jokes she has to keep them apart.

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The tightly packed plants, mostly perennials, create the cottage garden within the white picket fence.

"I like things unexpected," Molly said. "If they choose to come up, if conditions are right, I let them be."

Some of the flowers in the front include lupines, Sweet William, salvia, yarrow, allium and peonies.

A single Japanese peony belonged to Molly's mother.

As visitors walk along the side of the house, they should notice the white hydrangea climbing up the chimney. Other white flowers decorate this side of the house.

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The backyard is a restful retreat of mostly green and white.

"You can solve a lot of problems in the garden," Molly said. "You can take out your frustrations with weeding."

Garden sculptures are tucked away to be a surprise by those walking along. Notice the sundial among the foliage.

The shade garden was created in the shade of the large maple tree. Because of its roots growing close to the ground, Molly gathered newspapers from neighbors and friends to create 12 layers of paper with six inches of topsoil for the bed. The boxwood frames the hostas, ferns and other plants which create texture in the varying shades of green.

Several benches create quiet spots to sit and enjoy the tranquility of the garden.

The garden also plays tribute to family with some plants and trees making the move from their former home as well as heirloom garden tools and family stepping stones that have been put into service.

The tool shed is open for the tour. Outside are handprints from family members from several generations. Inside are all the tools necessary to create and maintain a garden.

Gardeners can copy some of the ideas like keeping plant tags for future reference, which are hanging near the door. A rocking chair provides some relief when gardening begins to stress the back or knees.

On top of the tool shed a weathervane made for the family includes figures of Molly's father, her brother and two sisters. Molly is the figure in the middle of the girls.

On the opposite side of the yard is a new pathway and several hostas and ferns. A hurdle, purchased on a trip to England, holds up Solomon's seal and keeps it protected from lawn mowing.

Near the door is a cutting garden.

Molly said her mother was up at dawn working in the garden and she would join her. She always complimented and encouraged her work in the gardens. "She brought her friends to see my garden," Molly said. "I got a lot of encouragement and that continues with friends."

The Wacky Weeders, a group of 20 women, come every other week to help with the weeding, Molly said.

"I love advice," Molly said. "You can't know everything."

The Logans enjoy traveling and gather ideas from the places they visit. "It's all a learning process," Molly said. "You have to be flexible as a gardener and need a plan B."

Molly has made a few mistakes but realizes gardeners can start over next spring because "there's always next year."

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com Phone: 330-541-9434 Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP Captions: Logan1 Sweet William come in a variety of colors and form small bundles of flowers. Logan2 Spikes of blue salvia add plenty of color to any garden. Logan3 A variety of plants and colors creates a cottage garden. Logan4 This cottage garden passes through a stone walkway and is framed with a white picket fence. Logan5 - Red peonies are among the larger flowers that bloom in the spring. Logan6 The shade garden took special preparation to grow beneath a maple tree. Logan7 A wooden bench offers a restful place among the ferns and shade plants. Logan8 The tool shed has all the equipment necessary for maintaining a garden. Logan9 Even a tool shed needs a restful place to take a break from work. Logan10 The family weathervane portrays the owner's father and siblings. Logan11 A hurdle, purchased in England, keeps the Solomon's Seal from falling into the yard. Logan12 The arbor provides a place for climbing clematis and a spot to rest or enjoy the landscape.

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