United States of America, Colorado, El Paso County, Colorado Springs
El Rincón (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
El Rincón, which means "The Nook" in Spanish, was given its name by the original owners, who were of Spanish heritage. In 1971 the current owners purchased this unique property and began to revise and expand the single, small existing garden. The garden today is the result of a creative process by the owners throughout many years. Continual revisions and expansions developed into garden spaces of texture, color, shade, and light, with an uncommon effect of interest and beauty. This very personal and intimate garden contains three large perennial beds and two woodland gardens which are viewed against the backdrop of native Gambel oaks, ponderosa pines, white fir, and blue spruce trees. The owner's father, an iris hybridizer, was the recipient of the 1947 Dykes Memorial Medal for the finest North American iris variety. The owner's love of horticulture and of trees in particular is a reflection of his heritage. Scattered throughout the 3.5 acres of the property is a connoisseur's collection of 60 small and medium-sized trees, representing 12 different species of maple.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Stagg (former owners, architects, 1930-1931); Lucy T. Hagen (former owner, 1931-1935); William H. McFadden (former owner, 1935-1944); Robert G. and Mary W. Morrison (former owners, 1944-1953); Lewis B. Maytag, Jr. (former owner, 1953-1960); Henry F. Slingerland (former owner, 1960-1971); and Leland B. Roberts (architect, after 1971).
The folder includes a worksheet, two copies of a site plan, and related correspondence.