Lovingly developed yard outside of inn
The Country Willows Inn & Estate, 1313 Clay St., is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for July.
It is an extraordinary property, 5 acres in all, that has been lovingly developed by Kara and Dan Burian since they purchased the property in 2010. The original farmhouse dates to 1896. They added the small picturesque barn near the entrance to the property and have converted the original barn mostly to lodging space.
Dan, who has a keen eye for design, has directed the many landscape projects, relying on Sage Hill for hardscape installation, Karen Marshall of Naturescapes Designs for plant selection and design advice, Jenny Kuehnle of Ahimsa Gardens for maintenance of the raised beds and container plantings, and L&M for lawn, orchard, and planting bed maintenance. Every project has been created with pollinators in mind. They recently added a birding program to the list of amenities that they offer at the inn.
The Burians have enhanced ponds and streams. They are working assiduously to convert open pastures into wildflower meadows, battling native grasses that want to dominate. Right now in the garden, hydrangea, gaura, lilies, agapanthus, and crocosmia are at their best. In the spring, rhododendrons, weeping cherry trees, and Spring wildflowers abound. At other times, the lavender, ornamental grasses, and blueberries are sensational. The willow tree is always majestic.
In an effort to assure privacy and tranquility for guests of the inn, they ask that Ashlanders hoping to see the gardens call first to schedule a convenient and non-disruptive time. See more beautiful photographs and learn more about the Country Willows Inn & Estate at their website, countrywillowsinn.com.