United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Greenwich
Stonybrooke (Greenwich, Connecticut)
This 5.2-acre garden is located on the site of an early (ca. 1750) sawmill with an overshot water wheel. It was established in the 1920s, with significant alterations being made in the 1970s. The topographical features that made this an ideal site for the sawmill (vertical drops in elevation, falling water) also make for a truly beautiful background for garden beds and borders, views, trees, and other landscape components. Because of the vertical drop there is always the sound of water (except in drought), and because the property faces south there is ample sun that also warms the length of the house. Nevertheless, there are also many shade areas under the trees and shrubs. This is truly a natural garden which incorporates and enhances the features of its topography and native vegetation.
Persons associated with the garden include: Caleb Mead (former owner, 1730-1750); Jeremiah Mead (former owner, 1750-1808); Edmund Mead (former owner, 1808-1841); Edmund Mead, Jr. (former owner, 1841-1895); Ellen and George Waterbury (former owners, 1895-1913); Joseph Howland Hunt (former owner, 1913-1928); E. Carleton Granberry (former owner, 1928-1954); Mary Lange Jackson (former owner, 1954-1974); and Richard Henry Dana (architect, 1929-1931).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plan, and photocopies of articles and illustrations about the old sawmill and the house/garden.
Garden has been featured in Richard H. Dana, Jr., Richard Henry Dana (1879-1933), Architect: Illustrations of His Work (New York: n.p., 1965)