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Bedrock Gardens, Lee

#96 of 216 in Parks in New Hampshire
Garden · Nature / Park
Bedrock Gardens is a 20acre garden located on a 35acre property in Lee, New Hampshire, notable for its landscape design, its horticulture and its sculpture.
Named for its ever-present ledge, Bedrock Gardens was bought by its present owners in 1980, complete with a farm house, built circa 1740, a historic barn and three-holer outhouse. Over the next 20 years, it was extensively improved. The wooded areas were lumbered, a trail system was developed, and it was managed as a tree farm. A wildlife pond was built, and work was started on its multiple perennial and shrub beds. Hardscape in the form of walls, paths, water features and topographical improvements, have been added. Today it is noted for its concept of "the garden as a journey," with a starting point, "events" (or garden spaces) as places to go, and something to do along the way.
Bedrock Garden's main attractions fall into three categories: landscape design, horticulture, and art.
Landscape designBedrock Gardens include "garden beds full of unusual specimens of trees and shrubs: a diamond-patterned, 100ft fence on which 11 varieties of apple trees have been espaliered: a formal garden with pools, fountains, and water features; a wildlife pond with a bridge, and 2mi of woodland trails." The smaller gardens include a more formal parterre, the spiritual "Spiral" garden, and the primitive "Dark Woods."
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  • A wonderful way to spend an afternoon and just a short ride from Portsmouth. There isn't much in the way of signs or advertising but it should be anyone's list that loves a garden.  more »
  • We have a second home 6 miles from here and we had never known of this place's existence. What a find. We spent a great few hours walking around this garden and we loved it so much we bought a...  more »
  • Beautiful garden brimming with color, unique plants, and cheeky sculpture. These two have created a thoughtful excursion to he enjoyed by all. Look forward to coming back again and seeing it in a different season!
  • If you want a mental recharge amid beautiful peaceful surroundings this is the place to visit. There are 20 plus acres of sculptures, waterfalls, streams, and incredible plantings to see and enjoy. Allow yourself plenty of time as there are over 200 works of art plus some amazing plants. There is a trick to find the parking lot as the online maps will direct you to the nearby residence so watch carefully for the sculptures on the side of the road. Also the best way to approach the property is from Route 125 as the other way in is by gravel roads.

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