Gardens, Grounds & Properties of Lee

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.  Luther Burbank

crabtree cottage herb garden

Crabtree Cottage Herb Garden

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2013 Gardens, Grounds and Properties Tour of Lee & Becket. This is a fundraiser which underwrites the cost of the beautiful flower baskets that grace the Town of Lee’s Main Street. As one of the host properties, Jeff & I invite you to stop by Crabtree Cottage and see our little gardens  just before the full bloom of July. We are also giving peeks into our home.  Robin O’herin will be performing here at 3:00 PM, and there will other little surprises throughout.  Again, all proceeds go to the Town of Lee Flower Fund. Whether you attend or not, you can support our effort by making a donation to the Lee Chamber of Commerce Flower Fund,  (credit cards accepted-Visa & MC).Hope to see you on the 23rd. Feel free to call me for tickets or drop me an email.  Oh be sure to like us on Facebook too:  Lee Chamber of Commerce Beautification & Garden Tour  

Lee Chamber of Commerce’s Beautification Committee Announces 2013 Garden Tour

Have you ever been to downtown Lee and seen the beautiful flowering, hanging baskets which adorn Main Street from May through September?   The Beautification Committee of the Lee Chamber of Commerce makes this happen with the help of many sponsors.  This year we are trying to expand our program by raising funds through holding a Garden Tour.

Our  tour of Gardens, Grounds and Farms of Lee and Becket, Ma. will be held on Sunday June 23,2013 from 12pm to 5pm.   The cost to participate is $15 for an individual and $25 for a couple.  Tickets may be purchased at the Lee Chamber Booth or at Karen  Keenan Gifts & Home in Lee.  It will certainly be a tour of special places with many interesting activities, including music and plant and craft vendors.  Snacks of lemonade and delicious baked goods will be served.   There will even be frozen yogurt sold at one of the stops.  Lunch will be available for the lucky first 25 visitors at Canterbury Farm for $15 with a paid lunch reservation.  It will consist of a chicken wrap buffet with beverages and sweets.  Lunch will also be served at Dream Away Lodge.

We will visit 6 striking vistas – Devonfield Bed and Breakfast, Crabtree Cottage, Leahey Farms, Jeff and Alison Atlas’ home, Canterbury Farm and The Dream Away Lodge. It is a self-guided tour.  The route is up to you:

The award winning Devonfield Inn overlooks the remaining 32 pastoral acres of land originally granted to a Civil War soldier. With its broad vista of the Berkshire Hills, it was the summer “Cottage” of George Westinghouse
Jr., and the country home of the John Lloyd Family. This Federal style estate is graced by magnificent stately pines, and anchored by majestic birch trees. It boasts formal English style gardens and manicured beds,
areas of wild flora , and a prized Farm-to-Table vegetable garden. Enjoy the butterfly garden and the bird sanctuary that have been created. Replete with its own 1931 Model A Ford, enter a time of grand homes with sweeping
views, rolling lawns and gracious hospitality. A visit to the common rooms on the first floor is included in your stop.

Crabtree Cottage is a lovely country home built in 1862 in Lee Massachusetts. It was lovingly restored to reflect the innkeeper’s style, love of family treasures & cottage gardens. It is  located on a residential street, just one block from our historic Main Street.  The cottage garden is inspired by the Nantucket landscapes that the owners adore.  This “inland cottage” , with is grey shingled exterior, white picket fence, pergolas, trellises and window boxes, scream cottage living.  Outdoor living areas offer comfort for the home owners and their guests.  There is an adorable potager garden, a comfortable deck area overlooking the hillside herb garden and a contemplative shade garden.  Indoor “peeks” are offered to this historic home.

Leahey Farm is run by Jen and Phil Leahey. Leahey Farm has been family owned and operated since 1889. Once a dairy farm, the farm is now managed and worked by Philip Leahey and his wife Jennifer, along with Philip’s father. Their goal is to continue a sustainable farming tradition that has been the foundation of our family, while preserving the health and vitality of our land, animals and greater community.  Heritage breeds are raised and dairy has been reintroduced.

Jeff and Alison Atlas Home Garden are described as whimsical with lots of color and texture by the owner.  They are made up of native plantings consisting of flowering perennials and shrubs, and a variety of trees.  There are about 30 old apple trees in the meadow.  Most of the plantings are near our 153 year old farmhouse around the circumference of a 2 acre open field.  There is also a cutting garden in the bottom field, a woodland garden near a seasonal stream, a vegetable garden and bulbs and annual everywhere. There is also a indoor shed for starting plantings.

Canterbury Farm is a historic Bed and Breakfast built in 1780. The display gardens at Canterbury Farm have over 1000 plants. The ever changing blooms throughout the warm weather result in a constant display of colors and textures. They offer special outdoor patio rooms for sitting and relaxing among the beautiful sights, smells, butterflies, and birds.

The Dream Away Lodge has been a Berkshire legend for more than 90 years. Rumored to have been a brothel and speakeasy during the great depression, this two hundred year old farmhouse at the edge of October Mountain State Forest is renowned for its larger than life founders, Mamma Maria Frasca and her three musical daughters, and a colorful history, rich in music and local mythology. The Dream Away Lodge has striking public gardens, a stunning forest, a wildflower meditation labyrinth, an outdoor stone fire pit and amphitheater, miles of trails and ponds, and nearly 18,000 acres of October Mountain State Forest across the road.

Lee Garden Tour

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This article was written by Janis