United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Greenwich
L'Oreé Du Bois (Greenwich, Connecticut)
This garden site of more than two acres was originally established in 1954, with design work by Leonora Boronio. In the late 1970s a pool and a pavilion modeled after one built for King Leopold II of Belgium in France were added. From the terrace of the main house, stone steps lead to a lower level, where formal pebble walks lead around the pool to the pavilion, which is planted on each side with boxwood. Two tall stone carved urns topped with flower baskets provide an accent. Two fruit baskets atop low stone pedestals end the pebbled walks. To the right of the pavilion is a fern-bordered allée leading to a stone nymph representing Spring. The pool is open to sunshine, and is partly surrounded by fine, tall trees, among them maple, oak, hickory, white pine, mountain ash, hemlock, and pin oak, under which grow rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel, and ferns. A statue fountain of a boy holding a dolphin sprays water into one end of the pool, while the fountain is flanked by bronze sculptures depicting the flight of birds, the work of one of the owners. From the pavilion looking across the pool to the house can be seen scarlet and white azaleas bordering a low stone wall with a flower bed in the foreground, while to the left is a tall hickory tree encircled by pebbles. To the right of the steps above the wall is a small rose garden. Two white kousa dogwoods shade the terrace. On the southern side of the house is a raised vegetable garden, while the front of the house is planted with a fragrant light lavender azalea. Large rhododendrons are planted in front of the garage, while across the pebbled driveway is a flower bed backed by an evergreen hedge.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Leonora Boronio (landscape designer, 1954-1955); Sarah Stanton (landscape designer, 1980); and Oliver's Nursery (nurserymen).
The folder includes a worksheet and abbreviated garden plans.