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W. K. Symmes Residence [199-?]-1999

Former owners:
Adams, Junius Mr. Mrs.
Physical description:
1 folder+ 6 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, North Carolina, Buncombe County, Asheville
North Carolina
Symmes, W. K., Residence (Asheville, North Carolina)
This two-and-a-half acre garden is located at 2,200 feet altitude in Biltmore Forest, a residential suburb of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina. The placement of house and garden take full advantage of the privacy afforded by backing to the 8,000-acre Biltmore estate. The house is approached by a rhododendron-lined lane off the main road and is not visible from the street. A full acre of roadside property remains a mature woods of pine and hardwood, providing it a rural setting. A rock garden is nestled on a slope behind the house and can be viewed from the breakfast room and bedrooms; it also serves as an entrance garden to the guest cottage. Off the living room a circular terrace overlooks three levels of lawn which slope to the vast woods adjoining. An herb garden surrounds the terrace and a rhododendron thicket borders the upper level of the lawn, which is often used as an outdoor dining room. Outbuildings include a 19th century-style, octagon-shaped well house used as a potting shed and a "play house" at the end of a secluded path through the thicket.
Persons associated with the property include Mr. and Mrs. Junius Adams (architect and former owners, 1939-1988).
The folder includes a worksheet, a copy of the property plat, a photocopy of a published photograph of the potting shed, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Danielle Truscott, Building Great Sheds (Lark Books, 1999)
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Archives of American Gardens

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