Report on the Bus Trip to Andalusia and Jenny Rose Carey’s Garden

On Wednesday, June 14 forty travelers joined the Friends on a bus trip to Andalusia Historic House and Gardens and to Jenny Rose Carey’s garden, both in Pennsylvania.

At Andalusia we were broken up into groups of ten and treated to an in-depth history of the house by very knowledgeable docents. Following the house tour we were free to tour the extensive gardens on our own; from the White Garden, to the Green Walk, Rose Garden, Long Border, the Graperies, and much more, the grounds are a delight to the senses. Andalusia sits on the banks of the Delaware River, so the River Walk was a great visual experience.

Photos are of the Graperies, where fine table grapes are raised, and the adjacent formal garden as well as the Grotto on the River Walk at Andalusia, both courtesy of Gerry Papalardo. The Andalusia Library photo is by Margery Ennist.

Following a box lunch picnic as we sheltered from the brief rain showers, we were on to the garden of British plantswoman extraordinaire, Jenny Rose Carey

Jenny and her family greeted us warmly to Northview Gardens as we pulled up on the bus. Her garden is a series of 31 distinct areas on 4-1/2 acres, mostly informal and a little bit wild, but a wonderful experience as you never knew exactly what you would encounter as you turned a corner! We were shown the Cutting Garden, a Teapot Garden, a lovely waterfall and pond area, a covered outdoor dining area, a Hugelkultur (“hill culture”) area where Jenny piled up a bunch of old rotting logs, covered them with old wood chips, soil and leaf mulch creating a planting medium. Over the years she has turned this hill culture into a fertile and thriving garden patch where flowers are flourishing.

Our visit ended with a proper cup of tea and fond farewells.

Photos are of Jenny Rose Carey framed by lovely Poppies, courtesy of Daryl Savage, the waterfall garden and Teacup Garden, both courtesy of Margery Ennist.