United States of America, North Carolina, Flat Rock
Dethero Cottage (Flat Rock, North Carolina)
This five and one-half acre property is situated in Flat Rock, a "summer retreat" in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dethero Cottage is one of the smallest of the town's "cottages" and has been renovated to more modern tastes. The cottage is approached by a hydrangea-lined circular drive, which leads to the pergola and the more formal entrance garden. In front of the house next to the driveway is a dwarf conifer garden featuring plants from around the world. The garden includes heathers, heaths, dwarf blueberries, azaleas, and strawberries, as well as evergreens such as a Mugo pine, hemlock, and Fat Albert spruce. There are also Johnny jump-ups and a Japanese maple. Across the driveway from the house is a pergola covered with a profusion of white wisteria and kiwi vines; inside the pergola are an ornamental urn, dwarf box, dahlias, and black-eyed Susans. Through a gated picket fence flanked by Japanese carriage lamps, a lavender-lined walkway with creeping thyme among the bricks leads to the house. In the garden on either side of the walk are roses, allium gigantium, a dove tree, a mock orange, lilies, phlox, dianthus, and other sweet-smelling plants.
Persons associated with the garden include: Fonzey Edney (former owner, ca. 1919); Mabel Edney Browning (former owner); Bruce Lowe (landscape architect, 1995); and Bill O'Cain (architect, 1995).
The folder includes a worksheet, a narrative description and history of the house and garden, a garden plan, and a copy of a newspaper article about the garden.
Garden has been featured in "Touring 'Little Charleston'," Hendersonville Times-News, July 23, 2000, p. 1E+