United States of America, Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Hingham
Untitled Garden (Hingham, Massachusetts)
This 12-acre garden site is situated in a stretch of woodland adjacent to Cushing Pond, a man-made body of water originally created to provide ice for the local people. The terrain of low hills and valleys is enhanced by forests of oak, pine, ash, mountain laurel, dogwood, maples, azaleas, rhododendron, and other species. The house was designed in 1966-67 by Robert Woods Kennedy, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright's influence is shown through the house's citing to reflect its natural surroundings and its adaptation of Japanese style. Although the owners originally developed a traditional New England type garden under the supervision of landscape architect Dan Kiley, by the 1980s they felt that this style was incompatible with that of the house. Internationally acclaimed Japanese landscape architect Shinchiro Abe was called in to redesign the gardens (Abe's other work includes designs for the United Nations in New York and for gardens in Denmark and Spain). Rocks brought from the surrounding woods became a key element in the new design. All were cut by hand and properly moved and placed facing east, west, north, or south according to Abe's "feelings." These rocks were used to embellish pools and the courtyard and to serve as stepping stones and lanterns. The style of the garden is typical of a "kare sansui" or dry rock garden. Rocks, moss mounds and pea stone are some of the materials used to represent various natural landscapes such as islands, mountains, and oceans. Some other special features of this garden are the traditionally pruned lacy Japanese black pines, the hand-carved water basin, and stone lanterns. There is also a gate and diagonal granite walk representing the bridging of two worlds. Additional walks were then planned by Yuzo Tenako, another Japanese landscape architect who established many views of Cushing Pond and assured a landscape true to the Japanese style.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Robert Woods Kennedy (architect, 1966-1967); Dan Kiley (landscape architect, 1967); Shinchiro Abe of Zen Associates, Inc. (landscape architect, 1986); and Yuzo Tenako of Japanese Garden Design, Inc. (landscape architect, 1986).
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, and a plant list.