United States of America, New York, Nassau County, Oyster Bay
Holly Pond (Oyster Bay, New York)
This garden shows the influence of its owner's trip to Japan in the 1950s in the irregular shape of the pond and use of flat rocks around its rim; the island of planting from which a small waterfall issues; and the recirculating stream which runs from the pond under the holly hedge. The path of irregular flat stones and the round grass shapes in the small pebbled surface were inspired by circles made with moss in Samkoin, Kyoto, Japan. There is also a purification basin. The pool house garden has a dry stream with a stone bridge and at the beginning a small memorial (standing stone) to a child with the image of Jizo, the patron saint of children, women in childbirth, and travelers. Above it are two Korean ancestor figures leading the way to the upper garden, which is filled with different varieties of lilacs.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Ben Thompson (architect and landscape architect, 1954-1955); Shogo J. Myaido (architect, 1970); Louis Parenti (gardener, 1954-1962); Charlie Wenger (gardener, 1963-1978); John Grannis (gardener, 1978 to date); and the Architects Collaborative (architects, 1954-1955).
The folders include worksheets, garden plans, photos of pages from an article about the house and garden, and other information about the garden and its owner.
Garden was featured in House and Garden, February 1955, and in David N. Fixler, "Ben & Paul," Architecture Boston, (2011), p.26-30
Garden has been featured in Architectural Record, August 1956, pp. 156-158