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Garden Dialogues 2019: Wilton, CT

10:00 AM - 11:59 PM Wilton
Date: July 13, 2019 to July 13, 2019
Where: Wilton, 37 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut, United States, 06897
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Cider Ridge Farm is located on the outskirts of the colonial town of Wilton, CT.  The farm encompasses sixteen acres of preserved meadows and a historic working orchard.  An 18th century agricultural lane with fieldstone walls runs along the ridgeline of the property, creating a purposeful divide between the site for a new homestead and the existing agrarian landscape. Two phases of work defined this project.  The first, a new home for a young and growing family on the south side of the property.  The second, the comprehensive restoration of the original 19th century homestead on the northeast corner of the site. Cider Ridge Farm, Wilton, CT - Photo by Neil Landino, 2016 The landscape architecture firm, STIMSON, worked closely with the Owners to create a multi-generational homestead that expressed the contemporary needs of the modern family, while preserving the integrity of the historic farm. Principals Stephen Stimson, FASLA and Lauren Stimson, ASLA will lead the design discussion and share how the juxtaposition of old and new, rustic and modern, became a guiding language for the materials, planting palette and overall landscape expression of the project. Old Farm The historic farmhouse dates back to the mid 1700s, with connections to the Revolutionary War and stories of British troops staying overnight. Over the last century, the farm raised horses and historically, race horses. The careful siting of the birthing stalls on the New York side of the property meant the horses could be part of the New York racing circuit. The historic farm lane remains the landmark that organizes the site, dividing the farm between Connecticut and New York. The stonewalls that define the lane were carefully restored and new openings were created at key moments to provide views and connections between the two homes. A new court, a reclaimed bluestone terrace and a working garden of raised beds were integrated into the historic home. A series of walls around the old farmhouse were rebu