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A Place to Reflect
One gardener's expertise with color and form isn't confined to the landscape.
Hollyhocks reach for the roof of landscape designer Judy Tomkins's home. The screened porch is surrounded by beds of blue and white delphiniums mixed with white cimicifuga. A rustic bench makes an ideal resting spot.
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Judy and Diver
Tomkins and her cat, Diver, on the wisteria-bedecked porch.
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A Wider Perspective
The beds edging the grass-and-stone pathway to the front door of the farmhouse are filled with a jumble of flowers that includes bleeding hearts, tulips, tall bearded irises, roses, and peonies.
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The delicate flower of a dove tree in Tomkins's garden.
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On a Limb
Dogwood branches clipped from Tomkins's garden are arranged in an antique Japanese wicker backpack and hung above stacked boxes and a print by photographer Edward Weston.
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Keeping it Simple
On the Arts-and-Crafts-inspired porch, iron chairs from the 1920s stand next to another Tomkins table, this one inspired by an 18th-century Hudson Valley original.
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The Beauty of Variety
Tomkins relies on a mix of flowers to keep her many vases filled.
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Simplicity in Arrangements
She combined 'Black Parrot' tulips and white bleeding hearts in black vases, and displayed them on a table of her own design. The vases are interspersed with twig-inspired bronze candlesticks by Pennsylvania artist Edward Henderson.
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A Stone Setting
Tomkins designs stone arrangements, which she calls farmer's piles, for use in landscapes. She says she came across the idea in Pennsylvania, where large mounds of rocks were set aside for future building use; the displays have since become one of her trademarks.
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A Dramatic Arrangement
In the kitchen, a black pottery vase is filled with a mix of tulips and purple-leaf sand cherry.