United States of America, Virginia, Richmond County, Richmond
Cedarcroft (Richmond, Virginia)
"This garden is a reflection of the owner's connoisseurship and exquisite taste. It is essentially English in style, in that formal elements mix with informal plantings of a great variety of flowers. The garden is divided into two main sections. The area surrounding the house consists mainly of decorative plantings. The second section is located north of the house, separated from it by hedging, and consists of a kitchen garden and orchard as well as decorative plants."
Special features include a crazy-paved bluestone patio, with a variety of herbs, flowers, and other plants growing between the stones; a wrought iron temple modeled after one at Kew Gardens and placed on a high mound in the southwest corner of the garden; and extensive plantings of fruit trees, daffodils, and hellebores. Many of the latter have been hybridized by the owner.
Persons associated with the property include: T. W. Wilmer (former owner); Robert S. Hebb (designer, mid-1990s); and Robert Kibler (horticulturist).
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, and a narrative description of the garden keyed to the individual slides. The garden is noted for its English style, the variety and particularity of its plantings (some of which were imported from England), and the overall attention of its owner to fine detail in both planning and execution.