United States of America, Connecticut, Litchfield County, Washington
Miller's House (Washington, Connecticut)
Established in 1988, this one-acre garden includes garden rooms, mixed borders, foundation plantings, and containers of shrubs, perennials, vines, half-hardy plants, and annuals. The garden furniture and containers are simple, in keeping with the farmhouse's architecture. Of special interest is the wide stone stairway planted with silver and white herbs that ascends in two levels to the terrace. Also noteworthy are the deep foundation beds and garden borders, densely planted in sweeps of color. A moon garden, planted in white, adjoins the upper terrace. Pinks and blues predominate in the garden room off the kitchen, and the deck is planted with purples, pinks, and reds. Bright yellows and reds are used at the back of the property, and a secluded side garden includes a collection of grasses.
Persons associated with the garden include: Timothy C. Jordan (former owner, before 1889); Julia Kilbourn (former owner, 1889-1929); Rising Sun Lodge M 27 (former owner, 1929-1932); Ed Coll (former owner, 1932-1939); Teresa Coll Coar (former owner, 1939-1946); Francis J. Coll (former owner, 1946-1987); Timothy Mawson (landscape designer, 1988-1995); and Christine (Tina) Burlingham Dodge (landscape designer and horticulturist, 1988 to date).
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Washington Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes a worksheet and garden plan, and a photocopy of an article about the garden's stone stairway.
Garden has been featured in Margaret Roach, "Cracks & Crevices," Martha Stewart Living, March 1997, pp. 147-153
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