A friend of mine, Jane Suggs, asked me to help with a volunteer project this spring on behalf of her garden club. Little did I know, I would see a hidden treasure in the middle of my city that I didn’t know existed!
She took me to a small garden next to the Governor’s Mansion, part of the original Boylston gardens. There stood a small octagonal garden house which sorely needed some refurbishing. We made a plan and then started calling in favors from some artisans that we both knew. From Blythewood Plaster Company, Charles Stevens and family, Wilkes Ironworks, Real Value Stone to our Pulliam Morris team, we pulled together a fresh look for the interior of this charming building.
Many brides use this garden for their weddings, and this space gives them a place to go before the ceremony. Ride by and take a look! Its on the corner of Lincoln and Calhoun streets and is in honor of our military veterans. A very special spot!
Charles Stevens donated his time and talents to finish the interior walls in authentic Italian stucco in a block form. We chose the staggered stone pattern as appropriate for a garden house.
We painted the ceiling a pale blue to add to the outdoor feel.
The new paint, cushions, and hanging light helped to finish off the space.