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Creating Art in the Garden

An art dealer transforms her acreage along New York’s Hudson River into a living tapestry of color.
  • Worthy of a painting

    Joyce Nereaux Moore knows what she likes: color. But, instead of painting a beautiful landscape, she planted one, and turned her yard into a viscerally stunning piece of scenery to behold. Continue on to see how she transformed her yard into a haven of color.

    Date Published: April 15, 2019
    Date Updated: April 16, 2019
  • Nuance of color

    Nereaux Moore often rhapsodizes about the nuances of color in her garden. Sure, she knows all her plant names by heart. But instead of spouting Latin binomials, this art dealer usually speaks about hues and color harmonies. Joyce isn’t one to purchase a botanical oddity for collecting’s sake; she’s more apt to think in terms of chartreuse leaves or purple spires. And that intuition is what makes this New York garden sing. 

    Date Published: April 15, 2019
    Date Updated: April 16, 2019
  • Blank slate

    Initially, Joyce and her journalist husband, Gerald Moore, formerly of Life magazine, were reluctant gardeners. They thought gardening seemed like too much work and they figured some foundation plantings would suffice. But the sweeping view of the Hudson River and the enticing potential of a blank slate changed their minds, and they created a living work of art. The slope from the house became an ornate, but organized, frame for the river view. 

    Date Published: April 15, 2019
    Date Updated: April 16, 2019
  • Long-distance beauty

    The property presented some immediate practical needs. The steep slope was in imminent danger of eroding, the driveway demanded rerouting, and a mud puddle of a pond begged for defining. While she and Gerald began addressing those needs and creating a second pond, Joyce began to dabble in plant colors— and discovered a vision for the property. “Working with a house on a hill, we always looked at the garden from a distance. You need strong color statements for the composition to work,” she says. 

    Date Published: April 15, 2019
    Date Updated: April 16, 2019
  • Strategic configurations

    The result is a garden of depth and definition with interest everywhere. Two acres of extensively planted gardens can be an eyeful, but with skillful use of color, Joyce turned every scene into its own jigsaw puzzle of fascination. And configurations change as perennials come in and out of flower and the sun moves around the property to spotlight various players. Planted with color in mind, every layer becomes complementary. 

    Date Published: April 15, 2019
    Date Updated: April 16, 2019
  • Doing it again

    The couple recently moved, so the New York garden now has new stewards and is as radiant as ever. Meanwhile, Joyce and Gerald are planting their new garden, applying their lessons to use a palette of gardening color on a new blank canvas.

    Date Published: April 15, 2019
    Date Updated: April 16, 2019
  • Healthy pond pointers

    Maintain your earth-bottom or lined pond with these tips.
     

    Encourage Aeration
    A fountain is a delight for the senses. Providing extra oxygen for fish and plants and contributing to water clarity, ear-tickling fountains come in many sizes to suit your pond. Look for one with a prefilter unit to prevent clogging of the pump.
     

    Invite Wildlife
    A self-sustaining pond includes fish, amphibians, insects, birds, and mammals. Invite these creatures to your pond by providing a variety of habitats. Shallow pools near the shore are essential for frogs and toads while many fish need deep water.
     

    Plant the Edge
    Cattails and other vegetation along the pond edges act as barriers to prevent sediment and fertilizer nutrients from entering the pond. Consult your local extension service to learn about the best pond plants for your region.

     

    Date Published: April 15, 2019
    Date Updated: April 16, 2019

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