Monadnock Music

Garden Tour

Thoron garden

Thoron Garden

with Progressive Tasting & Performances!

Saturday, July 14, 1-5pm

Throughout the Monadnock Region

CHECK IN: at the entrance of any of the three Gardens

Featuring Chef Jordan Scott

Join us for a botanical tour of our region. Set to classical music, performed live by soloists in each garden, and featuring a unique food and drink at each location, this is a garden tour like none other. Consider it a progressive dinner, concert, and celebration of summer. Your ticket includes three different drinks, tastings, and musical performances as you make your way through our garden showcase.

Garden Soloists:

Kyra Davies, violin
David Ross, guitar
Jacqueline Selby, cello

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Schedule for Music, Food, and Beverages:

The order in which you visit the gardens is your choice; music and food will be available in windows that you may want to plan around.

Our soloists will be performing Bach Partidas, in 15 minute sets so that you can plan to enjoy a full set along your journey. Each garden will feature a musician for 1-1/2 hours. Food and complimentary alcoholic beverages will be served during a 30 minute window in each garden. Non alcoholic beverages will be available all day in each garden.

Garden Showcases:

The Garden of Marianne and Jim Rothnie
142 Dublin Road, Jaffrey, NH

Violin Performance, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Food served, 1:00 pm-1:30 pm

The Garden Sally and Bruce Larsen
30 Harkness Road, Jaffrey, NH

Guitar Performance, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
Food served, 3:00 pm-3:30 pm

The Garden of Louisa Thoron
139 Harkness Road, Jaffrey, NH

Cello Performance, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Food served, 4:30 pm-5:00 pm

The Monadnock Inn
379 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH

Your stop for restrooms, lunch before the tour, or if you want to keep the fun going, stop by after the tour for dinner and drinks!

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Rothie garden
The Garden of Marianne and Jim Rothnie
142 Dublin Road, Jaffrey

Marianne Rothnie adheres to few garden rules. She finds plants that she likes and then finds a place for them. With enormous help from her gardener, Sarah Bulson, she has planted elegantly relaxed country gardens around their summer home. Situated at the rear of the house, collections of dahlias punctuate long perennial borders which lead the eye through the garden, over the pasture fence, and on toward Mt. Monadnock. Stretching away from the barn are curving lengths of stone walls, beds filled with masses of flowers, and paths mown through meadows.

Larsen garden
The Garden of Sally and Bruce Larsen
30 Harkness Road, Jaffrey, NH

Sally and Bruce Larsen needed more space for their combined families so put on two additions to their Jaffrey Center home. They had only one way they could go, down a steep slope. Seeking advice about organizing the landscape bones of the property from Gordon Hayward, they then began to create the compact and elegant gardens surrounding their home. With an eye to looking out from the house, they visualized what they wanted to see from various interior rooms. Bruce designed a barn intended to soften the lines of the house and to “anchor” the house to the sloping land. It is built from local rough hewn hemlock and was placed on what was the vegetable garden. Sally designed several linked terraced garden beds. The terraces function as separate garden rooms and connect the two additions. She then designed the steep slope between the house and barn leading to two more garden “rooms”. The Larsens designed the stonework in front of the barn and its shrubbery and tree enclosed garden, a focal point from the upper bluestone terrace. Garden features abound leading the eye and inviting one to proceed through the spaces. Different paving materials accentuate the feeling of different garden “rooms”. Avid organic gardeners, the Larsens decided to not only have a pleasing garden, but one that provides habitat for wildlife through the choice of many native New England plants. More than eight species of bird fledged on their property in 2017 including wild turkey in the stephanandra along the steps to the barn. Vegetables are grown in containers on the steps and terraces. With patience, their gardens have now matured enough so that the house and barn finally feel to them as though they are “in the garden.”

Thoron garden

Thoron Garden

The Garden of Louisa Thoron
139 Harkness Road, Jaffrey

The property includes a 230-year-old cottage/farmhouse, renovated and surrounded by gardens, a view of Mount Monadnock, an eleven-acre wetland with beavers, an old/new orchard, mowed fields, and stone walls. Help was given from garden designers Gordon Hayward and Kristian Fenderson, who put up with owner's strong ideas and vision, 2006 to present, intermittently. Additional features include sixteen different gardens covering two acres: wetland, woodland, a formal/informal vegetable/cutting garden above a forty-foot perennial bed, roadside and driveway perennial borders, two formal boxwood gardens, a grove of river birch, eighty-five garden pots, climbing roses on the fence and trellis of the house, perennial curved lawn gardens, tall perennials adjacent to barn, a brick walkway, plus four small gardens and a kitchen garden adjacent to house.

Kyra Davies

Kyra Davies, violin

Widely recognized as an interpreter of contemporary music, Korean-American violinist Kyra Davies is the second violinist of the Semiosis Quartet, which focuses on performing string quartets of the 20th and 21st centuries. She also performs with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and can be heard on the group’s label, BMOP/sound. Previously, Kyra was a member of mixed quartet Hub New Music, the Britten-Pears Contemporary Ensemble in Aldeburgh, UK, and the Brevard Music Center’s new music ensemble, itch. She appeared as a guest performer with the New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble and on NEC’s Tuesday Night New Music series. She has collaborated with many of today’s leading composers including David Del Tredici, John Corigliano, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Oliver Knussen, Shih-Hui Chen, and Colin Matthews. As a chamber musician, Kyra has performed at venues and concert series including the Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project’s Re:Sound Festival, New Music Gathering, AEPEX Contemporary Music Series, Music on the Hill (Rhode Island), Outside the Box Boston, the Toledo Art Museum, Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh, UK), and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Kyra also appears frequently as an orchestral musician with organizations such as the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Symphony New Hampshire, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at venues including the TD Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, the Broward Center (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Kyra has toured with Il Volo and Josh Groban, and has worked with a wide range of classical, pop, and film music performers including Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi, Chick Corea, Renee Fleming, Itzhak Perlman, and Steven Tyler. Kyra graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University at age 20. She received orchestral training at summer festivals such as the National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra (where she appeared as a soloist in a program of American fiddle tunes), Music Academy International (Siena, Italy), and the Castleton Festival Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. Kyra undertook additional studies at the Longy School of Music, where she was the inaugural recipient of the Eric Rosenblith Scholarship and concertmaster of the Longy Chamber Orchestra. Her teachers have included Kenneth Goldsmith, Robert Eshbach, Eric Rosenblith, Kazuko Matsusaka, and Ronan Lefkowitz. In addition to her classical and contemporary music appearances, Kyra can also be seen around New England as a Celtic traditional fiddler and singer.

David Ross

David Ross, guitar

David William Ross has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. Trained in both classical and jazz, he works across genres and brings a unique musical sensibility to his approach. David frequently works closely with composers and other artists as well as dancers and choreographers. He has written music extensively for dance and other performance arts, creating music that is organic and piece specific. He has premiered much of his own work in venues such as The Patterson Theatre in Baltimore and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge and appears frequently in recital as a solo performer, in chamber settings, and small jazz combos. David has appeared on several recordings, his most recent commercial release for PARMA was released in 2017, a collection of the solo guitar works of Swiss composer Georges Raillard. An advocate of new music, he is active in seeking and supporting work by living composers. He has recorded new music for the guitar by Pierre Schroeder, Mel Mobley, Peter Dayton, Ferdinando de Sena, and more most of which has been released under the Navona label. In April, 2018 he appeared on the indie-rock release For Posterity by the Burlington based Deep River Saints as guitarist/arranger, an album he also recorded and produced; Seven Days VT praised his work saying “Ross does more than simply produce. He uses his deep background in classical, jazz and experimental music to layer For Posterity in gossamer. Ross weaves a foundation of lush beauty and haunting sounds” and lauding the work as “a colossally impressive record”. In 2018 David will release his 2nd solo album on the Ravello label featuring music of season, change, and cycles including music by Piazzolla and a new work written specifically for the project by composer Frank Wallace. David is active as a teacher and instructs students in classical and jazz guitar as well as music theory, composition, ear-training, and jazz. He has served on the faculties of Fitchburg State University, Keene State College, The Vermont Jazz Center, Elm City Music, and the Concord Community Music School.

Jacqueline Selby

Jacqueline Selby, cello

Jacqueline Selby, from Duluth, Georgia, leads an active life performing and teaching in the Boston area. She began her musical studies with piano lessons at age three, and has performed on NPR’s “From the Top,” and was a winner of the MTNA Southern Regional Competition. She chose to pursue cello at sixteen, and since then has appeared as a soloist with the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia, performed in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Series, has served as principal cellist with the Marsh Chapel Collegium and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and performed regularly with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Columbus, GA), New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has earned fellowships at Round Top Music Festival and Kent/Blossom Music Festival and has premiered works by Eriks Esenvalds and Scott Wheeler, among others. In addition to teaching and performing cello, she is also a certified Kripalu yoga teacher who taught classes at Boston University. She holds degrees in music performance from Boston University and New England Conservatory.

Jordan Scott

Chef Jordan Scott

Jordan Scott is a classically trained chef with a passion for globally inspired seasonal food made with local ingredients. Jordan has described his wine dinners as a study in simplicity. He finds great joy in creating simple, elegant dishes built on a foundation of technique and with care given to each ingredient. His dishes delight the most sophisticated palate, balancing rustic charm with an innovative and artistic twist. Jordan has a great deal of respect for the traditional French style of cooking and uses that as a foundation from which to explore modern and progressive methods and flavors. Jordan cares deeply for our local community and has been a passionate advocate for local foods and has worked tirelessly to build long-term relationships between our restaurant community and our local farms.

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