United States of America, Connecticut, New Haven County, Madison
Beechcroft (Madison, Connecticut)
This .66-acre naturalistic garden straddles a granite ledge alongside a tidal marsh. Developed by the owner since 1977, the garden design shows great ecological sensitivity to the location. Boulders that resulted from excavation for the pool are sited amongst shrubs and ground covers, beside the pool, and to link the garden spaces. Variety and pictorial effects are achieved by well-chosen groupings of bulbs, perennials, flowering shrubs, and evergreens contrasting with the handsome copper beech. A thyme-covered flagstone terrace and also a deck extending from the house (a former barn with studio addition) provide views of the marshes.
Persons associated with the property include: the Redfield family (former owners, ca. 18th century- 1968); Alan C. and Elizabeth A. Borg (former owners, 1968-1971); William Stedman (former owner, 1971-1972); Peter S. and Judith S. Belfield, (former owners, 1972-1976); Gregory B. Tremper (landscape architect/landscape design consultant, 1976-1977); Barbara Fuller (gardener, 1982-1984); and Margaret Nolan (gardener, 1997 to date).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plan, and detailed plant list.