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Willow Gate Farm

  • Taking advantage of a row of stately trees, the new gravel drive reaches an ellipse with adjacent guest parking. Removal of a thicket of plant material from the front of the house revealed an old Ash tree that frames the house. The guest walks up a series of fieldstone retaining walls to the front door, reminiscent of the terraced river plantations of the south where the client grew up. The driveway continues past the oval, curves up a slope and travels through a collection of outbuildings to the garage behind the house. Two stone pillars from the old driveway now form the opening to the memorial garden for a young son. Stepping stones inscribed with A.A. Milne’s poem “Now I am Six” lead to the memorial, and topiary animals chosen by his sisters and brother inhabit the garden.