A Garden of Great Music

Julius and go a concert and picnic at Caramoor at least once every summer, but last Saturday was special because my percussion teacher, Yousif Sheronick (left) and Japanese-American percussionist Keita Ogawa were performing at the jazz festival with Brazilian composer-vocalist-pianist Clarice Assad. They were having way too much fun on stage; Yousif had better teach our student band those samba rhythms. The next group, the Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra, was equally superb.

Between sets, we toured the gardens. As described on the Caramoor web site, “The Caramoor estate sprawls over 90 lovely acres that were designed to be a jewel-like setting for musical events held there, as well as a place for pleasurable strolling and picnicking.”

The "Medieval Mount" at Caramoor, which overlooks the Sunken Garden.

Designed by director of horticulture Clifford Dickson, the gardens at Caramoor are textbook examples of how to use plants to make bold statements. I love the use of statuary and pots and urns as focal points. The Sunken Garden is an inspirational spot for those who appreciate classic, geometric design — especially inspirational if you have the wherewithal to consider putting in a formal garden with trimmed boxwood hedges and old-fashioned rose bushes.

The Sunken Garden, from the vantage point of an urn with a mixed planting.

Gomphrena, an annual that is pretty in bouquets, fresh or dried, and was especially pretty in Caramoor's borders on a hot day.

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint, Salon.com, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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