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Garden Dialogues 2019: Wilton, CT

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


In 2019 the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) Garden Dialogues program, which provides exclusive access to exceptional landscapes, will go coast to coast, from elegant estates in Greenwich, Connecticut, and waterfront retreats in Maine, to one of the oldest zinfandel vineyards in California and other sites in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Washington State, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. These projects have been designed by some of today’s most talented and visionary landscape architects.

Cider Ridge Farm is located on the outskirts of Wilton. The farm encompasses 16 acres of preserved meadows and a historic working orchard. An 18th-century agricultural lane with fieldstone walls runs along the ridgeline of the property, creating a purposeful divide between the site for a new homestead and the existing agrarian landscape. Two phases of work defined this project. The first, a new home for a young and growing family on the south side of the property; the second, the comprehensive restoration of the original 19th-century homestead on the northeast corner of the site.

The landscape architecture firm, STIMSON, worked closely with the owners to create a multi-generational homestead that expressed the contemporary needs of the modern family, while preserving the integrity of the historic farm. Principals Stephen Stimson, FASLA and Lauren Stimson, ASLA will lead the design discussion and share how the juxtaposition of old and new, rustic and modern, became a guiding language for the materials, planting palette and overall landscape expression of the project.

Old Farm

The historic farmhouse dates back to the mid 1700s, with connections to the Revolutionary War and stories of British troops staying overnight. Over the last century, the farm raised horses and historically, race horses. The careful siting of the birthing stalls on the New York side of the property meant the horses could be part of the New York racing circuit. The historic farm lane remains the landmark that organizes the site, dividing the farm between Connecticut and New York. The stonewalls that define the lane were carefully restored and new openings were created at key moments to provide views and connections between the two homes. A new court, a reclaimed bluestone terrace and a working garden of raised beds were integrated into the historic home. A series of walls around the old farmhouse were rebuilt using site fieldstone, and define the original formal tea lawn.

New Farm

The new farm landscape was conceived as a series of outdoor rooms adjacent to the house, with a working kitchen garden and perennial garden stepping up to the historic lane. The garden is a collection that reinterpret the site’s meadows, selected for seasonal display of color and texture. Above the gardens, a new pool, pavilion and play garden converge at the historic lane, carefully inserted between fragments of the historic farm walls. The use of rusted steel, granite and reclaimed stone respond to the site’s heritage, yet also express the Owners’ affinity for modern art and architecture. These materials also carry forward the property’s legacy, in the hands of the farmer, they shaped this landscape for well over a century.


Maintaining a legacy property like Cider Ridge Farm requires a great deal of planning, effort and expertise. Burt Demarche, President of The LaurelRock Company who constructed the project with STIMSON, will join the dialogue to discuss landscape strategies, curation and long-term management at the Farm.

Attendees will enjoy a take-home harvest basket from Cider Ridge Farm’s bountiful kitchen garden.





The Cultural Landscape Foundation


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Aileen Beringer


Wilton,CT06897United States+ Google Map