United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Greenwich
Contentment (Greenwich, Connecticut)
This 4.6 acre property, formerly known as the Peacock Garden, was once the home of naturalist and author Ernest Thompson Seton, his wife Grace Gallatin Seton, and their family. Originally developed around 1915 as a summer cottage site, it was later converted to a year-round residence. On an upper level, close to the house, is a walled garden with a sunken pool, brick paths and patio, and perennial borders on three sides. A screened, pagoda-roofed "tea house" occupies one corner. Several steps lead down to a formal rose garden bordered by a boxwood hedge grown from cuttings. A gate and further steps down lead to an allée of pines through which the pond is visible. To the right is a small vegetable garden and beyond that a large perennial border at the base of the "tea house." Open lawns lead to stone benches by the pond, which contains four islands. The present owner has planted dogwoods by the pond and many ornamentals including azaleas, weeping dogwood, yellow magnolia, and wisteria. A wildflower garden occupies the wooded hill behind the house.
Persons associated with the garden include: Ernest Thompson Seton (former owner); and Grace Gallatin Seton (former owner).
The folder includes a worksheet and a property plan.