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August 14, 2013

Atkinson Garden Club names a winner

ATKINSON — Marta and Stephen Fabbrucci have been recognized by the Atkinson Garden Club with its Garden of the Month Award.

Marta Fabbrucci, proprietress/designer of Marta Fabbrucci Interiors, is the creative influence and prime mover behind their exterior space. Friends have described her design preferences as chic, stylish and uncluttered – all clearly reflected in her gardens’ ambiance.

The Fabbruccis have lived at 6 Merrill Ave. since the late 1970s, and Marta Fabbrucci describes their early years there as being consumed by clearing huge numbers of trees, overgrown shrubs, boulders and brush. Having cleared the property frontage, a portion of the rambling stone wall that welcomes visitors was assembled by Marta, and eventually completed by a local contractor, all from stones unearthed nearby.

Now the wall provides a backdrop to displays of roses, white and pink tinged peonies, campanula, lilies, and long arcs of shade-loving leucothoe. Several varieties of clematis, including the bright purple and pink Ville de Lyon, the violet blue, wavy petals of Parisienne, and the mauve and pink hues of Bees Jubilee, wind up individual trellises. The residual foliage from clumps of gone-by daffodils has been neatly and artfully braided, creating a glossy, green ‘do for the border.

Passing through the stone entrance, visitors are amazed at the vast swath of fragrant lilies of the valley. Its far border urges the eye to a nearby berm bursting with large and small hosta, impatiens and painted ferns – mature shade trees providing a living umbrella over all.

Farther back on the property, there’s a magnificent flowering island, with large stepping stones. Tall spikes of purple, blue and white foxglove sway above clumps of purple and pink echinacea, golden helianthus, dazzlingly white daisies and dainty masses of pink begonias. The deep burgundy leaves of a Japanese maple are in sharp contrast to the crinkled white petals of a peony. Dark purple and low growing ajuga spreads as a counterpoint to Japanese andromeda, a fiery red azalea and pink pastel meadow rue. Farther along are English roses, Japanese and Siberian Iris, and viburnum carlesii. Caladium and cotoneaster abound, nestled among the fairy like bleeding hearts and sturdy rhododendrons.

Marta Fabbruci has been clearing a pathway from the rise behind her home to the large, tranquil pond below, where egrets, blue heron and perigrines have been seen.

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