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FitzSimons Garden 1930-2000

Former owners:
Allington, Courtenay D. Mr. Mrs.
Clark, William R. Mr. Mrs.
Smith, Hal H., Jr. Mr. Mrs.
Landscape architect:
Shipman, Ellen
Landscape restoration advisor:
Burton, Barry
Physical description:
2 folders+ 13 35 mm. slides; 4 glass lantern slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Michigan, Wayne County, Grosse Pointe
Michigan
Grosse Pointe
FitzSimons Garden (Grosse Pointe, Michigan)
Date:
1930
1930-2000
Notes:
This two-thirds of an acre garden site was established in 1929 and was originally designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman. Over 70 years later, the garden (often called the Allington Garden after its original owners), still retains many of her original design elements, as well as some early plants and other material. The rear garden, surrounded by brick walls, creates an outdoor room characteristic of Shipman's designs. The central feature is a pair of perennial borders on either side of a brick walk, framed with a boxwood hedge. The current owners are actively restoring the garden and utilize plant material that was commonly used by Shipman in other gardens she designed for the same plant zone and climate.
Persons associated with the garden include: Ellen Biddle Shipman (landscape architect, 1930); Barry Burton (landscape restoration advisor, 1997-1998); Mr. and Mrs. Courtenay D. Allington (former owners, 1929-1939); Mr. and Mrs. William R. Clark (former owners, 1939-1951); and Mr. and Mrs. Hal H. Smith, Jr. (former owners, 1951-1986).
Summary:
The folders include worksheets and a garden plan.
Publications:
Garden is mentioned (as the Allington Garden) in Judith B. Tankard, The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman (Sagaponeck, NY: Sagapress, Inc., 1996), p. 193
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MI003000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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