The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
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This year Seely’s will create a garden that places you in the many adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the rich and extravagant Mr. Toad — all characters in The Wind in the Willows. The garden begins in the pastures of an English countryside. Weathered sandstone rocks line the worn cobblestone pathway. Along the way are old English gardens with split-rail fencing nestled amongst rhododendron, azaleas, forsythias, perennials and spring bulbs. The first thing visitors will notice is a long and winding babbling brook. A wooden bridge takes you across a creek to the pond where Ratty and Mole have pulled their rowboat up on the shore, where the winds blow through large and graceful weeping willow trees. The pathway leads to the formal garden of Mr. Toad’s mansion. Here a beautiful bluestone patio is encompassed in stone seating walls, formal boxwood hedges, tall arborvitae screens, fragrant white crabapple trees, azaleas and flowering bulbs. It creates a perfect spot to gaze upon the pond, relax and enjoy afternoon teatime with friends.