United States of America, North Carolina, Polk County, Tryon
High Holding (Tryon, North Carolina)
This 3.5-acre garden is located in Tryon, North Carolina, 45 miles south of Asheville in a thermal belt that has less severe winters than most of the mountains. True to North Carolina tradition the house and garden are laid out with the view as the focal point, in this case a back view over the garden and walls to Hog Back Mountain across the valley. The property falls off steeply in back and is held in place by a 20-foot retaining wall that serves as a boundary for the back of the garden. Today the garden is maintained only on the upper level by the house and is still planted with myrtle and ivy as planned in 1939. The remainder of the garden has been allowed to naturalize. There is also an additional one-acre plot across the street from the house which, although not maintained as a garden, affords the entire property remarkable privacy.
Persons associated with the garden include: Ellen Holt (former owner, 1939-1992); Elizabeth Webster (former owner, 1939-1992); Annette Hoyt Flanders (landscape architect, 1939-1940); Russell S. Wolcott (architect, 1938-1939); and Shannon Meriweather (architect, 1938-1939).
The folder includes a worksheet; photocopies of the original garden plan, landscape architect's report and a planting invoice; and photocopies of articles about the house and garden.