ON THE GROUNDS of Betsy and Kevin Tubridy’s home in Pomfret, Connecticut, plants and decorative grasses line the split-rail fence, elegant clusters of trees dot the lush lawn, and colorful flowers spill onto the edges of their two patios. Nevertheless, Betsy Tubridy insists she isn’t known for her gardening skills. In fact, she seems downright amazed at what she’s managed to do. “In our old house,” she explains, “I experimented in a tiny garden planted by a professional. I loved taking care of it. Stuff grew!”
The couple moved in nearly 10 years ago, and Betsy’s been “experimenting” like mad ever since. The house, a shingled beauty designed by Kevin, who runs his own firm, New England Design, in Mansfield, Connecticut, sits in the midst of a 30-acre meadow. Originally a farm complete with apple orchard, the property was so overrun with brambles and vines that it took Kevin a couple of seasons just to clear it. Once it was ready, the goal, Betsy says, was “to anchor the house to the land so it looks like it’s been here a long time.” The couple wanted their grounds to be welcoming, friendly, and colorful.