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Mrs. B. Franklin Pepper's Garden, circa 1919-1998

Former owner:
Pepper, B. Franklin Mrs.
Ballard, Ernesta Drinker
Ballard, Fredrick
Landscape architects:
Willing and Sims
Physical description:
2 folders+ 20 35 mm. slides; 3 glass lantern slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Pepper, Mrs. B. Franklin, Garden (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1930
1930-1998
circa 1919-1998
Notes:
This house and garden in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia were designed together in a European/French revival style by Willing and Sims, Architects (later Willing, Sims, & Talbutt) in 1919. Descriptions of the site, which is noted both for its architectural importance and garden design, have been published many times. The garden is a fine example of the blending of inside and outside with clever use of space detail and levels. Although the site is comparatively small (ca. 150' x 200') it incorporates considerable variety and includes a rock garden, a woodland garden, a pergola, a miniature orangery and greenhouse, a bonsai collection, lawns, and terraces. Over the years the garden has remained faithful to its original design and the wishes of its original owner and namesake, Mrs. B. Franklin Pepper.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mrs. B. Franklin Pepper (former owner, 1919-ca. 1950); Ernesta Drinker Ballard and Fredrick Ballard (former owners, 1950-1998); and Willing and Sims (architects and landscape architects, 1919).
Summary:
The folders include worksheets, garden plans, and photocopies of articles about the garden.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in William Lawrence Bottomley, "Residence of Mrs. B. F. Pepper," The Architectural Record, XLVIII, No. 5 (November 1920), pp. 370-383
Garden has been featured in Louise Shelton, Beautiful Gardens in America, revised edition (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1924)
Garden has been featured in Fletcher Steele, The House Beautiful Gardening Manual, (Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Company, 1926), pp. 20-25
Garden has been featured in Louise Bush-Brown and James Bush-Brown, Portraits of Philadelphia Gardens (Philadelphia: Dorrance and Company, 1929), pp. 144-149
Garden has been featured in Gardens of America (Privately printed for the Garden Club of America, 1935), p. 44
Garden has been featured in Harold Donaldson Eberlein and Cortlandt Van Dyke Hubbard, The Practical Book of Garden Structure & Design (Philadelphia, London & New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1937)
Garden has been featured in Ken Druse, "A Life in the Garden," The Physicians Garden, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1997), pp. 4-7
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA030000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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