ATKINSON — Jeanne and Al Lanseigne of 7 Willow Vale are the recipients of the Atkinson Garden Club’s first Garden of the Month Award for 2013.
For 17 years, the Lanseignes have been the nurturing and dedicated caretakers of their Willow Vale home, transforming what was once a property overgrown with brush, thicket and weedy, rambling interlopers, into a charming and welcoming cottage like abode.
Both landscape and hardscape reveal their handiwork, with lively and colorful bulbs, annuals and perennials surrounding the lamppost at the end of their driveway and then meandering along the stone walkway leading to their front entrance.
To the side of their home, brilliant yellow forsythia, along with rosy rhododendrons and azalias, invite visitors to pass by the stone walls and garden borders built by Al Lanseigne over the years, into a comfortable, guest friendly and multi tiered, back yard, a burst with color, texture and a great variety of plantings, thanks to the creative procurement and gardening skills of Jeanne Lanseigne.
A standout Bradford pear provides a vertical focal point to the vast swathes of white, pink and purple phlox, vinca and sedum that cascade over the many stone walls and borders defining various garden areas. Lillies, hosta and pachysandra abound, a counterpoint to the darker pines, maples and hemlocks which border the property.
Butterfly bushes are also abundant, along with feeders, houses and nesting materials, welcoming the neighborhood bird population. To one side of the property is an artfully arranged woodpile, composed of local and naturally felled trees, which Al Lanseigne uses for his woodworking business, to create bowls, vases and furniture.
In their early years on Willow Vale, their neighbors were Rita and Harvey Betournay, Jeanne’s parents. Not only were they able to share their love of gardening and many of their plantings with their daughter and son-in-law, but Rita Betournay was once a member of the Atkinson Garden Club.
For more information on the Atkinson Garden Club’s Garden of the Month program, or to recommend an outstanding Atkinson garden for consideration, call Janet Snowdon at 362-4779 or Sheri Turell at 362-5683.