Garden Tour: A Wormtown Plant Haven

Gardens are inextricably linked to the people who tend them. It is a deep relationship, where one depends on the other. In every issue, we will take a tour of a garden with its creator and caretakers walking us through the stories and memories behind the plants, flowers, trees and unique features. In this issue we meet Matt Mattus and Joe Philip.

Matt Mattus and Joe Phillip Garden tour in PITH + VIGOR - image by Kelly Fitzsimmons
They are both passionate plantsmen and collectors, and Matt also tends a blog called Growing With Plants, where he regularly shares his knowledge and enthusiasm with thousands of followers. Their garden is full of treasures that are a delight to novice and avid gardeners alike.

Take the tour…. 

Purple Martin house Container Garden - Matt Mattus and Joe Phillip Garden tour in PITH + VIGOR - image by Kelly Fitzsimmons

“I’m usually embarrassed to show my garden to visitors, as it looks nothing like the images seen on my blog. But, over time I have realized that plant collectors have similar traits; we like a little of this and a lot of that. So, maybe it’s ok to have veggies, alpine troughs, dahlias, bulbs and topiary all in the same garden.”  – Matt Mattus

Glasshouse Garden - Matt Mattus and Joe Phillip Garden tour in PITH + VIGOR - image by Kelly Fitzsimmons

“We are fortunate that our Worcester home sits on a large piece of land with woods behind it, as our neighbors all have a quarter of an acre or less. I do love the ethnic mix that an old neighborhood brings. The house across the way houses a family from Italy, while next door, a Polish family who barely speaks any English often shares pigeon eggs with us.” – Matt Mattus

All images by Kelly Fitzsimmons

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About Rochelle Greayer

Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Greenwich on January 27, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Greenery is so abundant in their garden and that in itself is lovely. Such gardening space is great as it brings life not only to the home but also to people, especially those who live and see this place each and every day.

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