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Vollum Garden 1996

Landscape architect:
Underhill, Lawrence
Head gardener:
Senior, Priscilla
Riemers and Jollivet
Physical description:
1 folder+ 20 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland
Vollum Garden (Portland, Oregon)
Originally designed by landscape architect Lawrence Underhill in the 1950s, this is a true four-season garden. The perimeter of the garden is outlined by Douglas fir, red cedar, and Pinus contorta, while Magnolia macrophyllum, dwarf 'Ever Red' Japanese lace leaf maples, enkianthus, and Viburnum davidii fill the interior. Running water and a gentle pond attract birds and frogs, while the owner's collection of sculpture enhances the garden's design and plantings. Rhododendron, tulips, iris, lilies of the valley, peonies, roses, and poppies add color and fragrance in season, as do the Japanese maples and other flowering trees and shrubs. Groundcover plants such as Pachysandra terminalis provide a green carpet throughout.
The garden received the Oregon Gardeners' Association of Nurserymen first place award for landscape, and, in 1976-1977, the American Institute of Landscape Architects' first place award.
Persons and firms associated with the property include: Lawrence Underhill (landscape architect, 1955 to date); Riemers and Jollivet (contractors); and Priscilla Senior (head gardener).
The folder includes a worksheet and two narrative descriptions of the garden and its sculpture, one of them by the owner. The garden is noted for its sensitive design, which integrates rich plantings, water features, and sculpture into the natural setting, while reflecting the owner's love of family (many plants were contributed by family members), dogs, and the outdoor world.
Garden has been featured in Marilyn McFarlane, "A Quality of Surprise," Garden Design, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 1988), pp. 46-51+
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Archives of American Gardens

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