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Helen Grundmann Garden Design at Mansion in May 2014

Once the magnificent 62,000 square-foot country home of C. Ledyard Blair until his death in 1949, Blairsden became a retreat center for the Sisters of Saint John the Baptist into the 1990’s. Its splendor lay fallow until more recently when it was chosen to showcase the design inspirations of over 60 NY-NJ area top landscape and interior designers.
Helen Grundmann Garden Design, in a collaborative effort with several fellow APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) members, designed and created “The Blairsden Brocade”, a floral mosaic garden off the rear colonnade over-looking Somerset Hills horse country. Drawing inspiration from the old pebble mosaics at the bottom of the steps to Ravine Lake, we were able to connect the past to the present with a mosaic of flowers inlaid amidst a pristine lawn. Many visitors told me they had never seen anything like this before.
From a barren soil ‘canvas’ to a carpet of inlaid color, I hope you are inspired by the possibilities and enjoy seeing the transformation below, as much as I did.
To see more go to: http://www.mansioninmay.org
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