United States of America, Nebraska, Douglas County, Omaha
Marshall Garden (Omaha, Nebraska)
This garden has been under continual development by the owners since 1979, although some features, such as the rear brick patio, had been added by the property's previous owners. It is formal in the sense that all the plants are manicured and elegant, but the curving lines used throughout prevent the garden from being stiff. Landscaping in the front yard has been enhanced by the addition of a flowering crab and Korean fir, as well as various shrubs and spring bulbs. A brick pathway through perennial beds highlights the south side of the house. In 1985 a gazebo and curving brick pathway through the back lawn were added. The path curves past shrubs, a rose garden, a teak bench, and an English chimney pot, continuing through the gazebo and past hosta beds (there are more than 35 varieties of hosta in the garden). The brick path ends at a wooden bridge built over a dry streambed surrounded by plantings of ferns, hosta, and shade-loving perennials. On the other side of the bridge a flagstone path continues, passing a playhouse as it returns to the patio. Two ponds and a waterfall were built in 1990, and the waterfall can be heard by anyone sitting on the patio. Adjacent to the patio, the ponds are surrounded by plantings of spirea, hosta, yews, euonymus, and ferns. Many large pots of exotic and annual flowers are scattered around the patio, as are numerous wrought iron tables and chairs. A brick wall set with a wrought iron gate separates the yard and patio from the driveway. This garden's mature plantings and shade trees make it a cool oasis.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: Daniel Gray (former owner, 1931-1937); Norman Sample (former owner, 1937-1957); Peter Peterson (former owner, 1957-1964); Rex Clemons (former owner, 1964-1978); Ted Pearson, Jr. (former owner, 1978-1979); Jeffery Mink (landscape architect, 1991 and 1999); Brian Kinghorn (landscape architect, 1989); and Addie Kinghorn (horticulturist, gardener, and landscape architect, 1995 to date).
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The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan with plant names, a plant list, and a photocopy of an article about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Chris Olson, "Fenced or Not, Garden a Beauty," Omaha Sunday World Herald, June 9, 1991, Section F, pp. 1-2
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