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Little Yatton 1999

Former owner:
Taylor, James
Williams, Lewis B
Landscape architect:
Gillette, Charles F
Architect:
Craven, Thomas
Hale, Billy
Former owners:
Williams, William Clayton Mr. Mrs.
Physical description:
2 folders+ 9 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Virginia, Orange County, Orange
Virginia
Orange
Little Yatton (Orange, Virginia)
Date:
1999
1999-1999
Notes:
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).
Summary:
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.
Publications:
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)
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
VA254000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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