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Virage du Charles 2000

Former owner:
Dabney, Beatrice
Parker, Gwendolyn
Physical description:
1 folder+ 10 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Massachusetts, Norfolk County, Dover
Virage du Charles (Dover, Massachusetts)
Entered along an allée of pleached lime (linden) trees and situated on a pond and a bend in the Charles River, this two-acre garden was established in 1988. The enchanting little house is surrounded by a basic garden architecture featuring brick and cobble and bluestone paving and steps, with stone and brick walls. An entrance courtyard lends itself to vertical planting, i.e., an espaliered Magnolia soulangeana as well as Hamamelis mollis 'Brevipetala', a fan Taxus (yew), Rosa 'Léontine Gervais' growing with Clematis 'Betty Corning', Lonicera x heckrottii, and four Buxus sempervirens 'Graham Blandy' against pillars in the brick wall. The terrace is a parterre garden with four Prunus 'Kwanzan' underplanted with Buxus in different varieties and patterns, such as Sempervirens 'Suffruticosa', microphylla, and harlandii of gardens, the latter planted in a pattern with Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana'. Other ornamentals here are six pleached limes against the back brick wall, Stewartia ovata var. grandiflora, a pair of Rhododendron micronatum, and Chaenomeles x superba 'Cameo', which is espaliered. Between an entrance flanked by Daphne x burkwoodi and Azalea prinophyllum, one enters another garden room with raised brick beds. Here are two espaliered Malus--a fan and four arm cordons--and one embracing the house corner, a pair of Rosa gallica versicolor ('Rose Mundi'), a variety of herbs, and from behind the brick wall Rosa 'Madame Grégoire Staechelin' and Syringa pubescens microphylla 'Superba' (Daphne lilac).
Persons associated with the garden include: Gwendolyn Parker (former owner) and Beatrice Dabney (former owner).
The folder includes a worksheet and abbreviated garden plan.
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Archives of American Gardens

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