United States of America, New Jersey, Union County, Scotch Plains
Boxwoods (Scotch Plains, New Jersey)
This two-acre garden site, established in 1954, surrounds a house dating to 1845 (with subsequent renovations). Landscape architect Roberta Freeman Dixon laid out the three-part plan in 1956, which has been closely followed by the owners since that time. Windbreaks were important to cut weather and frame the house in the field. Evergreen bedding plants surround the house and edge the meandering landscape. The vegetable beds and cutting garden are behind hurdle fencing allowing them to be kept in less than pristine condition without detracting from the rest of the garden, Boxwood was brought in from Virginia and is used solely as foundation planting, accented with Ilex crenata, including 'Bulatta'. Native rhododendron, Leucothoe, hollies, cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), hemlock, and dogwoods are used repeatedly in the landscape, giving a peaceful background of lush greenery with occasional bloom interest. A wonderful old barn and a pump house on the property add charm and are enhanced with a choice Chinese white wisteria on the barn's car entrance and a climbing boxwood espaliered on the pump house. An original sculpture, "Inspiration," by David Edstrom, is used with water in a little side garden entrance off the library. It is surrounded with a holly hedge and Buxus microphylla at the base of the planting, making it handsome in all seasons. This is a charming garden with many unique features that complement the historic farmhouse setting.
Persons associated with the property include: Charles Detwiller (architect, 1954); Roberta Freeman Dixon (landscape architect, 1956); David Edstrom (sculptor, 1927); and Lois Poinier (landscape architect, 1968).
The folder includes a worksheet and garden description.