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A "before" photo at Bunny Williams's garden with Battle Hill Forge cages
Two of the best-respected gardeners in northwestern Connecticut—Lee Link of Sharon and Bunny Williams of Falls Village—are both besotted with handmade metal ornaments made by the young fellows at Battle Hill Forge in Falls Village. “I learned about them when I was shopping for plants at the Falls Village Flower Farm,” says Link, whose garden has been featured in several magazines and as part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days. “I saw their wattle and I thought it was brilliant.” Wattle is a type of woven fencing that you see in high-end garden catalogs that is used to create define parterres of to elegantly organize a vegetable or cutting garden. “I had the traditional wattle that is made out of twig and disintegrates after a year or two which is most distressing. This wattle should last forever.” Link has pieces made to her specification so she could create triangle beneath a trio of clipped Korean lilacs, planting the alternate sections with pansies and lettuces for the spring Williams, who is one of Link’s best friends, worked with the team at Battle Hill to design whimsical cages for staking dahlias and tomatoes in her vegetable-and-cutting garden. “They’ll look much better this summer when the plants start to fill out,” promises Williams’ chief gardener, Eric Ruquist, who invited us back to take more photos later in the season.
The iron wattle fences by Battle Hill Forge in Lee Link’s mini-parterre in Sharon.