Roseland Cottage

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In 1850, Henry Bowen had an elaborate boxwood parterre garden created to enhance the Roseland Cottage landscape. It has twenty-one individual beds planted with a mixture of annuals and perennials and surrounded by six hundred yards of English boxwood. The hedge is delicate in New England’s climate, requiring protection to survive the winter winds, and annual trimming to retain its shape. Records reveal that Bowen hired two men just to maintain the garden. He also had a small farm on the property and needed a farmer to manage his vegetable garden, fruit trees, and animals.