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Orchard Farm 1997-2003

Former owner:
Martin, Eugene
Martin, Bella
Schmersser, William
Schmersser, Catherine
Landscape architect:
Palmer, Meade
Clinton, Sandra Youssef
Callaway, Paul Faulkner "Chip,"
Architect:
Jessup, Pam
Interior designer:
Stewart, Whitney
Physical description:
3 folders+ 37 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Maryland, Montgomery County, Potomac
Maryland
Potomac
Orchard Farm (Potomac, Maryland)
Date:
1997
1997-2003
Notes:
This five-acre American cottage garden wraps around an old farmhouse and combines old-fashioned perennials with some modern cultivars. Informal and idiosyncratic, a hornbeam hedge defines a garden room behind the house. A pocket herb garden is around the corner. Roses are everywhere, while a recent addition is a wall garden. The vegetable garden is also another key component of the design as is the outdoor living area complete with living room, dining room, and summer kitchen.
Persons associated with the garden include: Eugene and Bella Martin (former owners, 1955-1965); William and Catherine Schmersser (former owners, 1965-1982); Meade Palmer (landscape architect); Paul Faulkner "Chip" Callaway (landscape architect); Pam Jessup (architect, 1992); Sandra Youssef Clinton (landscape architect) and Whitney Stewart (interior designer).
Summary:
The folders include a worksheet, site plans, an essay by the garden owner, and photocopies of articles and other information featuring the garden.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Adrian Higgins, "Gems Among Gardens," The Washington Post (May 15, 1997)
Garden has been featured in Patricia Dane Rogers, "Who Wants Walls?", The Washington Post (July 17, 2003), pp. H1+
Garden has been featured in Donna Dorian, "Outside Influence," Garden Design (May/June 2004), pp. 50-55
Garden has been featured in Carole Ottesen, "Room with a View," Washington Home & Garden (Maryland Edition, Fall 2005), pp. 54-59
Garden has been featured in Susan Hines, "Residential Refuge," Landscape Architecture (December 2005), pp. 100-107
Garden has been featured in Jennifer R. Bartley, Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook (Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2006), pp. 65-73
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MD041000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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