Artists’ Gardens in New England

This month we were pleased to welcome Jana Milbocker, a landscape designer, speaker, and author, to our club to give us a virtual tour of artists’ gardens in New England. Jana, who is also a member and past president of the Holliston Garden Club, has published two books on touring destination gardens and nurseries in the Northeast. This talk focused on gardens that were created by well-known painters, sculptors, and authors. These artists were inspired by their gardens in turn.

Through Jana’s talk, we learned more about the history of such well-known figures as Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickinson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Celia Thaxter, among others.  We were also treated to beautiful pictures of their gardens.

These gardens are open to the public for visiting, and some still feature in-house artists or highlight artists’ sculptures or paintings. Jana’s talk definitely gave us a bucket list of gardens to visit at some point in the future! If you missed this excellent presentation, she will be giving it again in the near future. You can visit Jana’s website at to see her schedule of upcoming talks.