Coastal Garden on Long Island Sound

Photography by Rob Cardillo

When a gardener collaborates with a coastal property for so many seasons, finding sweet spots really becomes second nature. “I let the land tell me what to do,” Heather says. The result is a sensitive union that has deepened with time. For Heather, “going to work is like visiting an old friend.” Nowadays, she arrives in a truck rather than the cramped sedan. Meanwhile, experience and intimacy have taught her which plants to load on board for planting. But every year is different. And every season on Contentment Island brings new understandings and enlightenments as the coastal garden reveals its secrets.