Imagine a property bouncing with butterflies and humming with bees.
That’s the extraordinary reality of Bill Montgomery and Elizabeth
Glazer’s decision to replace the lawn around their Lakeville, Connect-
icut, home with a deftly designed tapestry of wildflowers on their Lake
Theirs is no garden gone wild. It’s art — a collaboration with nature
meticulously orchestrated to continue evolving into the distant future.
This landscape makes lawn look lazy. Only native wildflowers are
in residence. No weeds are allowed to root; the “bad guys” of the botanical type are dispatched posthaste. Built to nourish and attract pollinators, the land provides habitat for innumerable creatures great
The meadow was not part of the game plan when the couple bought
the 3-acre property in 2006. With just a small bungalow on the site,
more living space was the priority. “Plus, we wanted a guesthouse,”
says Montgomery. So the original house, farther removed from the
lake, was left in place for company while they positioned a new Arts and
Crafts–style house designed by Alan Wanzenberg Architect/Design of
Ancram, New York, within a friendly handshake of the water.
along a mown path leading around the lakeside house (above), landscape
designer Larry Weaner crafted a composition of shorter plants including little
bluestem, mountain mints, butterfly weed, and evening primrose in the mix.
A rack of canoes (left) give the lakeside setting a summer-camp sensibility.
Rather than screening the handsome stone wall looking up toward the
guesthouse (facing page), the seed combination focuses on shorter phloxes
and native grasses that allow the wall to be seen and appreciated.
close your eyes and picture a wall-to-wall carpet of intricately
interwoven blossoms running the length of a long, lean lot.