United States of America, Connecticut, New Haven County, Woodbridge
Cupola Hill (Woodbridge, Conn.)
"Two generations of the same family have developed the garden at Cupola Hill, an old property. Open fields and woodland surround the gently north-sloping land. Fieldstone retaining walls were built to accommodate the slope and provide level terraces around the house. Two-tier borders in an L-shape centered on a pergola circled by boxwood, and anchored at the corners by arborvitae, formed earliest garden."
"A cutting garden due south of the pergolas with a central rose arbor leading to a small fountain is screened from the main garden. The mature arborvitae are now a major feature in this quite formal section of the garden. A magnificent white oak stands on the open lawn. The gazebo has been there since 1901. South of the driveway circle are flowering trees and shrubs in an open lawn; a berm beside the driveway is planted with shrubs, native plants and spring bulbs."
"The property was acquired by the second generation in 1990. They have restored the garden, relocated mature evergreens, extended the retaining walls in a free form which complements the 1970's pool, added the pool terrace, and planted the new raised area with a mix of alpines, perennials and evergreens. At the edge of the woodland and around the gazebo, a naturalistic shade garden has been developed. Color is extended to the north by the quarter-circle bed of perennials and the rose garden."
"Four and a half acres on a 20.5 acre property make up the garden area. Spatially the effect is generous. The traditional formal section contrasts with the looser informal areas under the trees and the somewhat tight treatment edging the house terraces, providing great visual interest. In addition this old garden is beautifully maintained by current owners who are skillful horticulturists."
Persons associated with the property include: Stephen P. Perkins (former owner in 1837); Morris F. and Delia Tyler (formers owner in 1891); Victor Morris Tyler (former owner in 1909); Leonard S.Tyler (former owner in 1909); Ernest F. Tyler (former owner in 1909); Audobon Tyler (former owner in 1909); Alice and Harry Hitchcock (former owners in 1927); Sumner McKnight Crosby (former owner in 1940); Sarah W. Crosby (former owner); Douglas Orr (architect in 1940 to 1941); Douglas S. Kycia (landscape architect in 1991 from Bethany, CT).
The folder includes a garden description, slide list, garden plan and information sheet done by GCA researcher Jennifer Radford. The garden is noted for its formal garden and how it contrasts with the looser formal areas.