The gardens and the house sit on two acres of land in an urban area with a country feeling. The house, designed by Worth Jamisen and built in 1937, is located on the top of a hill on the north corner of the lot, allowing for a great view and a large area of lawn to the south and west. The owners have lived in the house since 1969. They began clearing away overgrown areas (the house had been unoccupied for two years) and began improvements to the house and gardens, which evolved through the years and culminated with recent major changes. In 1990 the owners decided to embark on a complete renovation of the house, including an addition with a wine cellar. At the same time they hired Kurt Bluemel to help them relocate their collection of conifers as part of the redesigning of the garden and the installation of a swimming pool. The collections of mature dwarf conifers, Japanese maples, and daylilies, as well as Japanese umbrella pines (Sciadopitys verticillata) were all transplanted during the renovation. A primary focus of the renovation was to bring the garden into closer association with the house. The natural setting includes interesting boulders and a stone wall from which water cascades into the swimming pool.
The garden includes many bulbs, azaleas, rhododendrons, Siberian iris, over 150 varieties of daylilies, and 15 Japanese umbrella pines. There are grasses around the swimming pool and a raised vegetable garden nearby. There are conifers for color variety, including blue spruces, golden chamaecyparis, and brilliant Hinoki cypress. The owners continue to collect interesting conifers and experiment with a variety of perennials to plant in drifts along the hillside and parthways. They are also developing a woodland area and are adding a garden cottage.
Persons associated with the property include: Dr. and Mrs. Henrich (former owners, 1937-1969); Worth Jamisen (architect, 1937); Kurt Bluemel (landscape designer, 1990); Ulrich Ruckriem (sculptor); Ilan Auerbuch (sculptor); Wade Saunders (sculptor); and Jon Iserwood (sculptor).
The folder includes a worksheet and photocopies of two brief articles about the garden.
Garden has been featured in the Garden Club of America Seventy-ninth Annual Meeting Program (1992)