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Coastal Garden Estate

Becoming the master gardener of four seaside acres is no easy task, but every day Cynthia Hosmer carefully cultivates the fruit trees, flowers, shrubs, and vegetable patches that are her family legacy.

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Walled Garden
Photo: Roger Foley

Walled Garden

On the house’s ocean-facing side, a walled garden shelters the blooming delphiniums, lilies, and geraniums that surround tables where the Hosmers eat breakfast.

Fruit-bearing trees—Cortland apples, kousa dogwoods, crabapples, plums, and pears—give depth and contour to the expansive lawn, and a natural wall of shagbark hickories takes the brunt of the Atlantic winds.

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