United States of America, Connecticut, Litchfield County, Washington
Maddygreen (Washington, Connecticut)
Situated on three acres, this garden, which was established in 1983, reflects the creativity and ingenuity of its artist-owners. A whimsical cottage garden is enclosed by a rustic fence of branches and saplings. Overflowing beds of vegetables, herbs, and annuals are in a geometric layout between used-brick paths. A vine-covered pergola and a retractable awning between a gazebo and its twin shed shade the outdoor dining area. The raised pool with wood siding and edging, fences, outbuildings, twig gates, scarecrows, sculpture, and plant pots were all created by the artist-owners. An old stone wall and steps lead to mixed borders (fragrant flowering shrubs and fruit trees, perennials and annuals) on each side of a path, forming a contrasting garden area around the house, while another stone wall defines the west boundary of the property.
Persons associated with the garden include: C. H. Trowbridge (former owner); Charles Nichols, (former owner, ca. 1895); Helen Russell (former owner); Isabel Proudfit (former owner, ca. 1935); Mrs. Niles (former owner, ca. 1940); and Carol Anthony (former owner, ca. 1981).
The folder includes a worksheet with an abbreviated garden plan and photocopies of articles about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Timothy Mawson, The Garden Room: Bringing Nature Indoors (New York: Clarkson Potter, 1994), pp. 50-55
Garden has been featured in Tovah Martin and Richard Brown, "The Magic of a Twilight Garden: Lilies by Lantern Light," Victoria, April 1997, pp. 96-99
Garden has been featured in Craig Summers Black and Mark Kane, "Simply Charming," Better Homes and Gardens, July 1997, pp. 123-128