A Glimpse Of The Garden: A Garden Full Of ‘Hoppiness’

Photo: Nancy K. Crevier

Leap frogs play beneath the shade of giant hosta leaves.

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“Our garden has really grown over the years. There was nothing here when we moved in 32 years ago,” Arlene Kreinik said. Little by little, though, the gardens have expanded — and in recent years, that expansion has included a frog collection.

Her gardens flow about the house and border the property. Hellebore, hostas of all sizes and colors, astilbe, iris, bleeding heart, azaleas, hydrangea, roses, euchera and more bend their boughs and wave blossoms over nearly two dozen frogs situated throughout the mainly shade gardens.

There is no need to fear any of these frogs leaping out unexpectedly, though. From small to large, these amphibians are cast from concrete, ceramic, stone and metal, and have hopped into the Kreinik garden from antique and flea markets, big box stores, and various points around the country.

 “I’ve been a member of the Town and Country Garden Club in Newtown for about five or six years,” Ms Kreinik said, “and lecturers always tell us ‘You should have interest in your garden, besides the plants.’ My husband, Ted, built me a couple of wooden obelisks to do that. Then I came across some frog sculptures, and the next thing I knew, I had a collection.”

There is only one requirement, she said, for a frog to come home with her: it must have personality.

“They have to have appeal. I pick them up here and there and everywhere, so while I’m working away out in the garden, I can laugh a little,” she said. “The frogs are there, I think, to remind me not to be a fool.”

She credits her friends and club members with helping her develop her gardens. Many of the plants are gifts, or have come from the Town and Country annual plant sale.

 “You hang out with great gardeners,” she said, “and you get wonderful ideas. Some of these gardeners are so wonderful,” she praised her fellow club members, “and all I do is stick frogs out.”


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