Anna Wintour’s Wild Garden
On the wrong side of the highway to the Hamptons, in a modest town unfashionably distant from the area’s white-sand beaches, a simple wooden farm gate gives onto a rough drive cobbled from dirt, sand and pebbles. It winds through wild cherry trees in a meadow of high grass and ends in a small gravel court, walled in faded brick and covered in ramblers with soft pink muddled blooms. Peonies, which are often the last flowers to survive an abandoned garden, and the self-sowing herb Angelica, grow haphazardly at the foot of the wall; weeds poke up through the stones on the ground. An old wood door cut into the wall is the only sign that you have arrived.
“The atmosphere starts here,” explains the highly sought-after garden designer Miranda Brooks, referring to the area beginning at the road and ending at this humble mouse-house-shaped door, a scene that feels magical, almost inevitable, and hardly designed at all. It is not a scene that one might expect as the entry to the home of a client such as Anna Wintour, well-known for her rather controlled persona.
From “Wild Eden” by Page Dickey; Photograph by Ricardo Labougle (@ricardolabougle)
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