rent trends. Far from it. Fry continually has his finger on the pulse of
what is happening in landscape design, while Hayward monitors horticultural introductions. The result is romantic and retrospective but
also enthrallingly unpredictable.
With time, gardens radiated away from the house. Expansion
demanded different moods for every space, but it also required cohe-
sive integration of venues. Early in the process, the Frys went on a gar-
den-hopping junket in Britain where Stan encountered Hidcote, a gar-
den that strongly influenced his vision for his own property. He liked
the sense of enclosure and the “conceal and reveal” heart-racing syn-
copation of that garden. He figured his garden was a contender for a
cardiologically quickening experience — in a New England sort of way.
Topography has a lot to do with that drama. The property’s steep slope
became an ally in making intrigue possible. From the house, the ter-
racing gives cadence to the land.
The garden is proof positive that formality need not mean regimental lines. Here, there is candor with a high-brow delivery. There
is the playful approach to the hedges, which Illinois-based landscape
a pope urn (copied from the original in English poet Alexander Pope’s garden)
stands 7 feet tall (above left) at one end of the sycamore allée. Inspired by
Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, a three-layered hedge of yew, privet, and
arborvitae undulates as a privacy fence (above right) around a lap pool.