United States of America, Virginia, Orange County, Orange
Little Yatton (Orange, Virginia)
This garden in rural Virginia was established in 1936 and is one of the earliest gardens designed to showcase wildflowers and woodland plants in a naturalistic setting. The focal point is a sunken garden to which one descends from the house. A glade with steep banks of azaleas, wildflowers, and shade-loving plants, it surrounds an ornamental pool with a delicate, bird-shaped fountain. A wooden gazebo provides a sheltered area for sitting, while tall, deciduous trees provide a naturalistic structure and open views to pastures and the surrounding countryside.
Persons associated with the property include: James Taylor (former owner, 1722); Lewis B. Williams (former owner, 1843); Mr. and Mrs. William Clayton Williams (former owners, before 1940); Charles Gillette (landscape architect, 1940-1960); Thomas Craven (architect); and Billy Hale (architect, 1937).
The folders include worksheets, garden plans, a plant list, a photocopy of a 1987 article about the garden from Garden Design, and copies of correspondence about the garden and its documentation.
Garden has been featured in Catriona Tudor Erler, "Little Yatton," Garden Design, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 1987), pp. 40-45
Garden has been featured in James Underwood Crockett et al., Landscape Gardening (New York: Time-Life Books, 1971); part of the Time-Life Encyclopedia of Gardening
Garden has been featured in George C. Longest, Genius in the Garden: Charles Gillette & Landscape Architecture in Virginia (Richmond: Virginia State Library and Archives, 1992)