United States of America, Massachusetts, Chestnut Hill
Ashby Garden (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)
In 1988 the property owners retained Thomas Wirth to redesign their 8,400 square-foot suburban garden. He created a series of rooms, surprises as the visitor rounds each corner, and curving shapes in grass or stone bounded by the straight lines of walls, fences, and paths. The view from inside the house was also an important part of the design. Shrubs and perennials were chosen to provide privacy, contrasting textures, continuous bloom from April to October, and color interest in the autumn. Special features include drystone walls, granite steps and patio, and a small pool beside natural outcroppings of Roxbury puddingstone.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Thomas Wirth (landscape architect, 1988-1989); Roger Hopkins (stonemason, 1989-1990); and O'Hara & Griffin Ltd. (stonemasons, 1989-1990).
The folder includes a worksheet and photocopies of three detailed garden plans (landscape, layout and materials, and planting).