Country Gardens - - Mary Ashcroft See­ha­gen -

Polly Hutchi­son calls her gar­den-driven style a “grounded per­spec­tive.” In­flu­enced by a child­hood spent firmly rooted in peren­nial, veg­etable, and fruit gar­dens, she trans­lated her up­bring­ing through floristry. To­gether with her hus­band, Mike, she tends 4 acres of cut flower fields at Robin Hol­low Farm in Saun­der­stown, Rhode Is­land. The bounty fur­nishes in­spi­ra­tion and in­gre­di­ents for cen­ter­pieces that might re­quire as many as 40 stems in a shal­low, 8-inch, open-mouthed com­pote. What makes her ar­range­ments unique? She cuts branches from their home­grown shrubs—such as bloom­ing ninebark (Physo­car­pus op­uli­folius ‘Dart’s Gold’), this photo—and in­ter­sperses them with as­sorted flow­ers, each ar­range­ment evok­ing a gar­den. For what Polly calls “a sum­mer berry pal­ette,” she as­sem­bled a con­fec­tion of dahlias, As­tran­tia, astilbe, and Al­chemilla. Bal­anc­ing suf­fused pinks against peaches in her sig­na­ture “tone-on-tone vari­a­tions on a hue,” she tucks in white to, she says, “give the eye a rest.” Polly’s motto: “I’m all about di­ver­sity to de­liver the essence of sum­mer.”

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