designer Doug Hoerr carved into a daring, tightly orchestrated serpentine feature. Inspired by a story in Gardens Illustrated magazine
on Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf, undulating hedging of different plant materials is stacked at varying heights around the pool.
To create an element of surprise, statues are recessed into hedges
— so they cannot be seen from all angles. “I’m a collector,” says Fry,
and partially concealing statuary allows more art in the landscape
without any sense of clutter. When his finial collection attained sufficient proportions to demand display in a garden of its own, he coupled
it with a collection of cement, terra cotta, and boxwood spheres. The
result is arresting visually, intellectually, and historically.
Fry’s office follows a similar approach. Instead of building a large
structure to accommodate the space he needs, he took an unassuming
cottage on the property and built a series of hidden additions down the
side of the rock face. Nobody suspects its presence.
Fry is a hands-on gardener and, says Hayward, “the world’s quick-est study” for absorbing design ideas and translating them onto his
landscape. He has some gardening staff, but for at least three hours
daily, he can be found, clippers in hand, sculpting the
gardens. When the tumbler pigeons are released from
their dovecote each morning for their first flight of the
day, he is there to witness it.