United States of America, Virginia, Fauquier County, Warrenton
Carl Braun's Dwarf Conifer Garden (Warrenton, Virginia)
This one-acre site in the heart of historic Old Town Warrenton features a unique, informal collection of dwarf conifers. Since 1965 its owner has been designing, planting, and caring for a miniature arboretum of unusual trees and shrubs such as Cedrus atlanticus, Cryptomeria, Sophora japonica, Fagus sylvatica, Acer japonica, and other varieties. According to the owner, "All are placed with an eye to creating a natural, informal setting for the whole." Creative design has resulted in the use of perpendicular accents to avoid monotony, the illusion of spaciousness on a small site, and vistas offering different perspectives.
Integrated into the design are five "islands," each of which is a miniature forest. In addition, Japanese-style tree sculpting (landscape "bonsai") gives a unique appearance to individual dwarf trees and helps to keep them in scale with the rest of the landscape.
Persons associated with the property include: Lea M. Bouligny (former owner) and Carl Braun (landscape designer and gardener).
The folder includes a worksheet, a copy of the property plat, copies of plant purchase invoices, an article about the garden from Fauquier Magazine, and additional information provided by Carl Braun. The garden is noted for its dwarf conifers, Japanese maples, and overall design.
Garden has been featured in Fauquier Magazine, Fall 1993