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6 lovely homes for gardeners

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Homes for gardeners.

Mount Vernon, Washington. Built in 1920, this four-bedroom Craftsman farmhouse stands on 50 acres that feature vegetable gardens, orchards, formal box hedges, and a large rose garden. The home has a chef's kitchen, a wet bar, French doors, and ornate beams.

Additional buildings include a guest cottage, a caretaker's home, a barn, a henhouse, and three greenhouses. $2,280,000. Joanmarie Curran, Realogics/Sotheby's International Realty, (206) 915-4885

Sarasota, Florida. Casa del Mar was created in 1930 by renowned regional architect Thomas Reed Martin. The four-bedroom, Spanish-style house overlooking Sarasota Bay has beamed ceilings, period tile, intricate ironwork, picture windows, and original wood floors.

The lush property features tropical gardens, ivy archways, an infinity pool, a two-bedroom guest house, and 152 feet of waterfront. $5,495,000. Lenore Treiman, Michael Saunders & Co., (941) 356-9642.

Bedford Hills, New York. This five-bedroom home sits on a 4-acre organic farm with a parterre, vegetable and berry gardens, and a mature fruit orchard. The house has a staircase cupola, giving abundant light; an exercise room; and a master suite with a balcony and a tub room.

The property includes a guest cottage and a fenced garden patio with a heated pool. $2,850,000. Suzanne Pandjiris and Cecilia Heller, Houlihan Lawrence, (914) 234-9099.

Lyme, Connecticut. Set on a 10.7-acre property, this 1870 Italianate manor is surrounded by formal gardens. The seven-bedroom house features a grand entry, marble fireplaces, painted ceilings, a library, and a kitchen with a butler's pantry.

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The grounds include a wisteria-draped stone pergola, a formal sunken garden, a barn with a potting room, and a pool with a changing pavilion. $3,800,000. Jodi Strycharz, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (860) 884-3011.

Bend, Oregon. McGinnis Ranch has twice won the Central Oregon Master Garden Tour. The 78-acre property features an authentic Japanese garden, a large entertainment area, and perennial gardens throughout. The many windows of the four-bedroom farmhouse look out on the gardens, Mount Bachelor, and the Three Sisters Mountains.

There are also a four-bedroom caretaker's house and a two-bedroom guesthouse. $3,450,000. Roger Dryden, Live Water Properties, (866) 734-6100.

Hendersonville, North Carolina. This two-bedroom log home sits on 3 private acres in the mountains, 22 miles from Asheville. The house, constructed of railroad ties and Carolina pine, has a woodstove, a master bedroom with a claw-foot tub, front and back porches, and a whole-house generator.

The property includes flower gardens, fruit trees, and a large vegetable garden. $350,000. Kelly Hetherington, Beverly-Hanks & Assoc., (850) 509-0488.

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