When I set out to write this blog, the idea was to focus on Boxwood care. After a little bit of research, I was able to find a digitized copy (thanks Google!) of House & Garden Magazine from 1907 which featured Airlie... and down the rabbit hole of history I went. I was entranced by the fact that what started as Harry Connelly Groome's private residence has now evolved into a beautiful, thriving property for so many to enjoy. Can you imagine Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. walking through the Boxwood hedges while working on 'I Have a Dream,' or Senator Gaylord Nelson taking a stroll after presenting the initial concept of Earth Day?
And for so many couples, it has served as their path to the altar - full of emotion, joy, and love. Oh, if those stems could talk. But I digress - and quote the great Lewis Carroll, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" So history it is, with a few tips for all the Boxwood owners out there. Read on to learn more about the past, present, and future of Airlie's treasured landscape - the formal gardens.