United States of America, North Carolina, Buncombe County, Asheville
Raoulwood (Asheville, North Carolina)
Established in 1924 on a four-acre site, this property features one of the first houses built in the community of Biltmore Forest and has remained in the same family since its creation. Since the house's first owner, Thomas Wadley Raoul, was one of the developers of Biltmore Forest, the house sits on one of the choice pieces of property in the community. At an altitude of 2,200 feet, the property faces the Biltmore Forest Country Club golf course, which acts as a continuation of the property's lawn, while the Smoky Mountains provide the backdrop of the view. Originally there was a formal rose/flower garden with boxwood hedging that was down the drive from the house, but visible from the owner's bedroom. A vegetable garden was equally removed and across the drive from the flower garden. The present owners moved the flowers and vegetables to the present kitchen garden area in 1975 with the idea that they would receive more attention and use. The garden is long and narrow, running north to south to take advantage of the morning sun. Primarily composed of raised beds, it mixes vegetables with flowers. The remainder of the property is maintained as woodland with a long drive swinging up from the main road. The Tudor-style house is not visible from the road, only from the golf course. Its window boxes and flowers have provided a colorful moment for golfers for 80 years.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: George W. and Edith Vanderbilt (former owners, 1894-1924); Thomas Wadley Raoul (former owner, 1924-1961); Charles N. Parker (architect, 1924); Chauncey D. Beadle (landscape architect, 1924); Anthony Lord (architect, 1975); and Donald J. Ross (golf course architect, 1922).
The folder includes a worksheet and a garden plan.
Garden has been featured in Douglas Swaim, ed., Cabins and Castles: The History and Architecture of Buncombe County, North Carolina (Asheville, North Carolina: City of Asheville, County of Buncombe, N.C., Division of Archives and History, 1981), p. 89