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Fall 2015

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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52 FALL 2015 cultivate point, they see a pastiche of blooming perennials, an- chored by three large tree peonies. "My parents were passionate gardeners; it's in my blood," Kyle says. In the early 1900s, her mother's parents bought a 400-acre farm in New Jersey, and it became a beloved place for the family. Kyle's grand- mother, Jane Whittlesey Herbert, tended huge gardens behind the 1880 farmhouse. "I grew up wandering in her gardens," Kyle says. When the farm was sold in the 1980s, her aunt pointed to a peony that hadn't bloomed since the death of Kyle's grandmother. Kyle scooped up the plant, and it fell apart into three pieces in her hands. She planted the pieces behind her Topsfield home. Today, those three pieces—now the three tree peonies, with blossoms as big as luncheon plates—are testaments to faith, perseverance, and the wonders of nature. Underneath is a large oakleaf hydrangea; in the Three prize tree peonies have survived since Kyle's late grandmother's time.

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