using a deliberate aging process that adds
character to his containers, Norris mosses
everything from terra-cotta busts with carex
hairdo by Bockbrader (top) to iguanas and
troughs carved of limestone (right).
Meanwhile, the ghostly angel’s trumpet
(above) flares open at dusk to emit its
Robin Norris, sells uniquely designed terra-cotta
planters, it was like nothing the locals had ever
encountered. This exceptional collaboration resides
in Sheffield, Massachusetts, a small town in the
Berkshire foothills verging on the Great Barrington,
Stockbridge, and Lenox cultural scene.
Burgeoning around the immense choc-
olate-brown nouveau-barnlike building that
Norris built to serve his expanding business,
the garden began with a framework of path-
ways. Those remain, but everything else is fluid.
Masses of nicotiana, cannas, angel’s trumpets,
rhizomatous begonias, coleus, and other flam-
boyant flora all bristle in harmony. Suffused
colors — oranges, deep purples, magentas —
banter back and forth. Textures play. But most
of all, the volume is full blast, loud and lush,
yet somehow calming.