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Celentano Garden

146 1/2 Cook Hill Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 11 a.m.

The garden of Barbara and Carmen Celentano is a 1 ¼ acre long, narrow property comprised of several smaller themed gardens, situated on half the property. The other half of the property is a steep wetlands area with a running brook and a fox cave.

The property is a designated certified wildlife habitat.

The themed gardens are briefly described as follows:

The Oriental Grass and Hydrangea Walk is essentially the 200 foot driveway entrance leading toward the house. Primarily a late summer/fall blooming display this area consists of a variety of bulbs, hosta, daylilies and flowering perennials.

The narrow, “off-centered” front yard, is dubbed The Grotto for its serenity, statuary, bird activity, Japanese painted ferns, epimedium and aptly named hosta such as ‘Praying Hands’.

The Gate Garden is the side entrance leading to the backyard. A springtime favorite, this section of the garden has two handmade gates, gravel paths flanked by boxwoods and anchored by a redbud and Queen Ann Japanese maple. There are several hosta cultivars, a collection of shade perennials, and understory plantings all situated under large neighboring swamp maples.

Passing through the second gate you will view the Rain Garden on the left and the Pond Garden and Patio Garden to the right. The rain garden is the wettest part of the yard nine months of the year and supports mostly ferns along with winterberry holly and climbing hydrangea. Since the pond and patio garden receives the most sun it supports a rose hedge, a daylily collection, clematis and a water garden. (The number of koi in the pond largely depends on the eating and mating habits of the beautiful, yet annoying blue heron!)

The Edge of the Wood Walk is the last available planting area before falling into the abyss. It is a brick path leading to a small water feature and Carmen’s “happy place”, the pergola and work shed.

The property might still be wet and slippery in the early part of the season, so appropriate footwear is advised.

The Celentano’s are looking forward to showing off their beautiful garden, so please bring a chair, a dessert to share, and a plant or two for the auction, and join us!




(Carmen advises that his garden is about 2 hours from the GW Bridge in heavy traffic, using either 95N or 84 from the Tappan Zee Bridge)

Take 95N to 91N in New Haven. Follow 91N to exit 13 on the left. Make a left off the exit and merge to the extreme right lane. Make a right over the RR tracks onto Tolle’s Rd, then make a right onto South Turnpike Rd. Take the third left at the light onto Cook Hill Rd. 146 ½ is on the right.

OR: Take the Hutchinson River Parkway to CT 15N (Merritt Parkway). Take Exit 64 off the Parkway and go Left at the light under the Parkway. Go to third light and make a right onto Cook Hill Rd.

OR: Take 84 to Exit 27/691 East and follow your GPS The driveway can hold about 20 cars, but there is also safe parking on Summerwood Drive at the next corner.

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