Photography By CHICHI UBIÑA
“Where the Wild Things Are” is a garden designed to amaze and amuse. Over almost two decades, Lucy and Nat Day created one of the finest topiary gardens in North America. This imaginative confection contains twenty-two large custom-made topiaries in nine different vignettes. They include a huge boxwood elephant that you can climb up and sit on, a pair of life-size lions flanking a stone staircase, a cozy corner with a yew wing chair and a boxwood easy chair, three frogs cavorting by the swimming pool, a hunting dog and pheasant racing up a hillside, and other surprises tucked away in a secret garden near a Machin greenhouse. The Days’ historic 1901 house features an addition they have filled with contemporary art and sculpture.
The Days sold their house in 2019 and have donated their topiaries to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. “We are delighted to preserve the essence of our beloved garden, especially in a public setting where these topiaries will be enjoyed by so many people.” In the fall of 2018, a specialty plant mover dug up the topiaries and transported them to Stockbridge, MA, where they were used to create “Lucy’s Garden.” This new garden at BBG opened in the summer of 2019.