United States of America, Ohio, Summit County, Akron
Cobblecote (Akron, Ohio)
This half-acre garden takes its name from the 1834 cobblestone Greek Revival house on the property. Much of the landscaping was undertaken by former owners Fred and Margaret Albrecht Barton, who rescued and rehabilitated the property in the 1920s, when it was approximately two acres in size. Since that time the property has been reduced in size through subdivision. A low stone wall installed by the Bartons, for example, now encloses four houses. The current owner has developed a cottage garden with informal plantings. There are numerous stone paths and a brick path from the front door to the curb. There are two small patio areas built of millstones excavated on the property, as well as a large stone patio underneath a pergola. Major trees on the property include pin oak, American beech, and Norway spruce, while shrubs include oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea 'Annabelle', highbush cranberry, and Kalmia. Additional plants featured are Helleborus orientalis, peonies, Iberis, and other perennials, annuals, and bulbs.
Persons and firms associated with the property and garden include: Fanny Ayres (former owner, ca. 1834); Margaret Albrecht Barton (former owner and gardener, ca. 1924-ca. 1961); Fred Barton (former owner, ca. 1924-1961); Albert Good (architect, 1924-1925); and Good and Wagner (architects, 1924-1925).