United States of America, North Carolina, Buncombe County, Asheville
Tench Cox Garden (Asheville, North Carolina)
The property is one of the early houses in an exclusively residential village of Asheville, North Carolina. The community as a whole has tried to maintain a tree-shaded, quiet residential atmosphere. The property's front portion is left entirely natural with a thicket of native rhododendrons completely screening the house from the street. The rear yard is divided between a formal lawn with 25-foot conical conifers across the back and a secret garden designed by the original owner. The conifers are the original hemlocks and yews that were planted in 1923. Through the conifers one passes to a secret garden. It is about 40 feet square and contains boxwood parterres filled with perennials. There is a small rose arbor. Behind the parterres there was once a cutting garden that has been turned into grass. The garden has been maintained just as it was in the 1920s.
Persons associated with the property include: Mr. and Mrs. Tench Cox (former owners, 1924-1989) and Dr. and Mrs. John Dean (former owners, 1989-1997).
The folder includes a worksheet with an abbreviated garden plan.