United States of America, Connecticut, Litchfield County, Washington
Windy Hill (Washington, Connecticut)
The gardens on this 70-acre country estate have been under development since 1990. Inspired by the work of Palladio, the 16th-century Italian architect, the house is complemented by a three-part garden that is a blend of Italian Renaissance and French forms. A potager with mixed vegetables, fruits, and flowers, as well as fountains and arbors, is the main focal point and combines great abundance of plant life with formal architectural design. Adjacent to the potager are a rose arbor and boxwood parterre. The garden is walled, both to reflect its Palladian design origins, but also as a deterrent to the many deer that live in the nearby woods. In addition to this main garden, the opposite side of the house is flanked by a smaller courtyard garden and pool area. A broad meadow in front of the house is planted with twisted old apple trees, while a 200-tree orchard is located in back of the house.
Persons associated with the garden include: Stuart Oran (former owner, 1986-1988); David Allard (architect and landscape architect, 1988); and Robert Zion (landscape architect, 1990-1991).
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Washington Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plan, and photocopies of articles about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Garden Design, April 1997, pp. 62-71
Garden has been featured in Connecticut Magazine, August 1999, pp. 120-124
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