Horseshoes Stable Garden, Morristown, New Jersey c.1990-2010
Weber, Nelva M.
2 folders+ 10 35 mm. slides (photographs); 23 digital images
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, New Jersey, Morris County, Morristown
Horseshoes Stable Garden (Morristown, New Jersey)
This 5.8-acre property was once the outbuilding and stable area of the former Henry Colgate estate. The residence was converted from the property's U-shaped stables, forming the courtyard that houses the main garden. Formerly a gravel paddock used to cool horses, the main garden is now grassed and surrounded by a perennial border and vines climbing the stable overhang. In addition to the main garden, the property features a small herb-knot garden, as well as a terrace and pool surrounded by a rose border. Raised vegetable beds, fruit trees, a meadow, and woodlands are beyond.
Because it is surrounded on three sides the main garden receives three distinct angles of sun exposure, allowing for east, west and south facing beds. The single garden accordingly features a diverse variety of plants appropriate to each level of available light.
Covered walkways surrounding the courtyard feature wood bricks which had originally been used to protect horses hooves, serving as a softer material than clay bricks.
This garden was initially documented for the Archives of American Gardens in 1998. An update of the garden documentation was provided in 2010.
Persons associated with the garden include: Henry Colgate (former owner, 1928-1948); Theodore Fairfield (former owner, 1948-1961); John Smith (landscape designer, 1970); and Nelva M. Weber (landscape architect).
The folders include worksheets, planting lists, and additional information.
Garden has been featured in "A Grand Garden," by Barbara Landy, New Jersey Monthly, August 2000, p. 80-83