A Morning In Clara’s Garden

I had a date this morning…9:00am @ the garden of Clara Endicott Sears….meet up with a group of volunteers who have signed up to spend the morning helping to clear the over growth from the historic walls of  The Lost Pergolas Garden at the Fruitlands Museum. (a.k.a. Phase 1).

Before and after the pergolas garden clara endicott sears fruitlands museum

For some reason I had in my head that these ‘volunteers’ were going to be Banker/ Financial types coming out from the City (of Boston) for a morning of  ‘doing good’.   I swear someone told me that. Quite to my surprise, I was greeted by a half a dozen service men from our United States Navy.  Presented, to help clear my little historical garden project.  I was and still am feeling like quite a lucky girl…SIX Navy Boys to clear a Garden!!!! Yee Ha!!

United States Navy REcruiting

before and after garden fruitlands museum

Admittedly not quite the striking before & after’s I have grown you accustomed to, I hope you can still appreciate the huge job these guys completed in just a little over 3 hours.
Before and after the pergolas garden clara endicott sears fruitlands museum

Before and after the pergolas garden clara endicott sears fruitlands museum

To what do I owe this grace? I don’t know, but I am a lucky girl and lucky girls have Six Navy Men show up to help when she was expecting a handful bankers.

And for them I am grateful.

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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.


  1. Louise on July 21, 2010 at 7:44 am


  2. Laurie Brown on July 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Many people might not think it’s a striking before and after, but having done that kind of work, I can certainly appreciate what’s been done there! Good for the Navy!

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