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Shadowlawn 1992-1998

Former owner:
Rathburn, Ezra
Dorrs, John W
Brenton, Charles
Brenton, W. H
Brenton, Clyde E
Haddock, Water E
Haddock, Elizabeth Grace
Aegerter, Martin E
Aegerter, Alice B
Parker, Paul L
Parker, Alegra M
Kuch, William F
Kuch, Margery G
Dickinson, L. Call
Dickinson, Betty H
Bolton, Richard L
Bolton, Jane S
Enyart, James C
Enyart, Marthana
Wood, David R
Wood, Catherine M
Kendall, David W
Kendall, Barbara J
Hansen, Perry Burton
Hansen, Elise Macomber
Landscape architect:
Reiter, E. Scott
Lare, Ted
Designer:
Iowa Outdoor Landscaping
Sculptor:
Torrens, Tom
Escort Lighting
Gardener:
McKlveen, Nancy
Cleveland, Bo
Strohbeen, Karen
Luchsinger, William
Builder:
Cross Construction
Designers:
Heard Gardens
Former owners:
Brenton Realty Company
Physical description:
1 folder+ 29 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines
Iowa
Des Moines
Shadowlawn (Des Moines, Iowa)
Date:
1992
1992-1998
Notes:
"A four seasons garden with three ponds connected by two waterfalls under four towering locust trees. Specimen conifers, spring flowering crabs, several other flowering understory trees and a fruit tree welcome spring."
"Terraced beds, square foot gardens, full sun, partial and full shade, water, nursery, cutting, raspberry and a dry stream bed abound with perennial plantings. Natural wood fencing and terraces blend into the landscape implementing the natural relaxed style of the property. Extensive multi-level decks provide seating, herb planters, and a facade for espaliered evergreen euonymous and shelter for orchids. The entire property is focused on nature at its best with emphasis on the seasons of Iowa and flora and fauna which abound there. The hill where the garden is located faces the house, and can be viewed readily from there."
Persons associated with the property include: Ezra Rathburn (former owner, 1848-1916); John W. Dorrs (former owner, 1916-1917); Charles R. Brenton (former owner, 1917-1924); W. H. Brenton (former owner, 1924-1927); Clyde Brenton (former owner, 1927); Brenton Realty Co. (former owner, 1927-1941); Walter E. and Elizabeth Grace Haddock (former owners, 1941-1944); Martin E. and Alice B. Aegerter (former owners, 1944-1948); Paul L. and Alegra M. Parker (former owners, 1948-1954); William F. and Margery G. Kuch (former owners, 1954-1955); Betty H. and L. Call Dickinson, Jr. (former owners, 1955-1961); Richard L. and Jane S. Bolton (former owners, 1961-1963); James C. and Marthana Enyart (former owners, 1963-1970); David R. and Catherine M. Wood (former owners, 1970-1972); David W. and Barbara J. Kendall (former owners, 1972-1975); Perry Burton Hansen (former owner, 1975-1980); Elise Macomber Hansen (former owner, 1978-1980).
Other persons associated with the property: E. Scott Reiter (landscape architect, 1981); Iowa Outdoor Landscaping (designer, 1992); Tom Torrens (sculptor, 1995); Nancy McKlveen (gardener, 1989); Bo Cleveland (designer and gardener, 1990); Karen Strohbeen (sculptor and gardener, 1990); William Luchsinger (sculptor and gardener, 1990); Cross Construction (builder, 1994); Ted Lare (landscape architect, 1996); Escort Lighting (sculptor, 1996); and Heard Gardens (designers and horticulturists, 1997).
Summary:
The folder includes a slide list, descriptions of slides, description of garden in each season, articles featuring the garden, plans, and a description and worksheet done by a GCA researcher.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, August 1993
Garden has been featured in Midwest Living, April 1997
Garden has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens-Wood, Winter 1997
Garden has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens-Wood, Spring 1998
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
IA008000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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