JULY/AUGUS T 2018 DESIGN NEW ENGLAND 79
in nearby Norfolk center. All that was needed,
he reasoned, were some mosses and astilbes
to set the stage. But then it struck Funt that
the terrace was crying out for framing. Surely
it would be improved by a little horticultural
frill to offset the stonework. And so it went.
By the time he and Childs had expanded the
plantings to double the size of the 100-square-
foot garden behind the house, Funt had ceased
excusing his lust to design.
The massive sculptural white pines are a
hard act to match, but Funt’s artistic sensibil-ities served him as he mapped out the proper
dimensions to balance the garden against the
natural landscape. Vistas are broad, pathways
are more than double the normal width, and
shrubs and trees make grand and meaningful
gestures. Funt threw himself into procuring
just the right plants — with an emphasis on
conifers. Most important, he planned for the
long haul. “The scale is big here,” Funt says.
“Shrubs that I planted nearly 10 years ago are
finally becoming the anchors I envisioned.”
Even though the garden is now twice the size of
the original plot, continuity erases any sense
of a timeline. “The goal is one composition,”
says Funt. “I see it as one unified scene.” As
does anyone who visits.
Funt and Childs designed the space personally and thoughtfully. For visitors who
don’t know conifers intimately, it reads as
a glorious opus. Garden insiders will recognize rarities placed to showcase their virtues