United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Greenwich
Cricket Hill (Greenwich, Connecticut)
This 12-acre site includes a one-half acre formal garden. Established in 1983, the garden experienced substantial alterations in 1993. Cricket Hill has sweeping meadows overlooking a reservoir to the west. Mature trees add to the park-like landscape and a well-pruned apple orchard is on the south. The swimming pool with its surrounding terrace is enclosed on two sides by brick walls, and bordered on the other two by low fieldstone walls and herbaceous beds. A circle of concave and convex stone steps leads to the meadow. Pairs of topiaried boxwoods flank openings. On the west of the house is a flagstone terrace with a formal treatment of low clipped hedging enclosing beds of evergreens and a flowering tree at each corner. This terrace is linked through a small gate to a parterre of gravel paths and boxwood-edged beds that was laid out in 1993. The parterre is a setting for sun-loving shrubs and perennials and climbing roses on tuteurs (supports). At the center a single jet fountain in a square pool is the focus for the patterns of beds and paths. It is overlooked by the conservatory. A sundial and an urn are set where they extend the long axis of the formal terraces.
Persons associated with the garden include: the McCarthy family (former owners, 1940-1978); Lee Duemler (former owner, 1979-1982); Erag A. Matthiessen (architect, 1940); Charles J. Stick (landscape architect, 1993); Cowers Taylor (landscape architects); Rosedale Nursery (nurserymen); and Shoreline Pools Company (contractors, 1984).
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, and a photocopy of an article about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Rosemarie T. Anner, "The Making of a Garden," Greenwich, May 1995, pp. 60-70