In 1968, the year we moved to 327 Browns Trace in Jericho Center, our house ("the old Pratt house") with its five acres, "more or less," was in need of much attention. We began the out-of-doors work by moving the many old fashioned peonies and lilacs to better places, planting spring bulbs out back and enormous vegetable gardens on the hillside. My late husband Inskip loved flowers and grew perennials from seeds to create beds alongside the house. He was in charge of flowers and shrubbery while I became the vegetable gardener. In 1997 I was fortunate enoough to be granted the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award at the University of Vermont and used that money to have Barber Farm's Charlie Siegchrist help design additions to the perennial beds, stone terraces in front, and to incorporate a smaller vegetable garden into the plan. Over the years since, with the invaluable and ongoing help of Underhill's Jennifer Kennedy, the gardens have grown and developed so that the original plants, including the hundreds of bulbs planted from the earliest years to the present, the perennials and shrubbery added through the years with their attached memories of family, friends and events have come together through our forty-five years here to create a tapestry of colors and textures to mark the passing seasons in this cottage garden.
Mary Jane Dickerson; September 2013