In the formal garden, Ely planted wisteria along the rustic pergola, which was constructed from cedar wood found on the working farm at the end of the path. “Ely was a real ‘dirt gardener,’” says Teal-Sullivan. Through her books, Ely encouraged women to take an active role in the garden. “Patience and perseverance are traits necessary to the gardener. One must not be discouraged, but determined to succeed,” she wrote in A Woman’s Hardy Garden.