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May/June 2014

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Photograph by T. Reichard 52 May/June 2014 Garden ne restoration Springs Eternal North Andover conser vation property Stevens-Coolidge Place resurrects the spirit of its centur y-old perennial garden. By Kiley Jacques people versed in the riches of the North Shore will know a thing or two about The Trustees of the Reservations. Composed of more than 100,000 indi- viduals caring for nearly 25,000 acres and 100 properties throughout Massachu- setts, The Trustees are stewards of our land. And anchored on much of that land are historic homes and gardens. The Ste- vens-Coolidge Place is one such property, and its character lies in its topography. Hemmed by a sylvan border, the North Andover estate once served as a summer home for John Gardner Coolidge—a de- Room with a View The main house sits adjacent to a historic rose garden. scendant of Thomas Jefferson and nephew of Isabella Stewart Gardner—and his wife, Helen Stevens Coolidge. Today, the estate comprises 91 acres of grasslands, wet meadows, and woodlands and includes a 30-acre farm, a Georgian-style main house, a brick double-house and barn, a green- house, a rose garden, a cutting garden, a willow grove, a fruit orchard, and a recently restored perennial garden—a piece of the property that has received a good bit of attention over the past four years. The perennial garden's restoration may have been inspired, at least in part, by the success of a cutting garden planted two years ago. It was added because it KJ_NS MayJun 14 Coolidge.indd 52 3/27/14 4:42 PM

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