United States of America, Ohio, Wood County, Perrysburg
Elm House (Perrysburg, Ohio)
Originally designed in 1938, with significant redesign in 1982, the garden of Elm House is surrounded by a seven-foot-high wall. Six brick masonry latticework openings are designed for beauty and to let in light and air. A heavy wooden gate with upper lattice openings echoes the brick wall windows, while finials top the brick pillars supporting the garden gate. The central feature is an iron wall sculpture in the shape of a tree. Iron rings hold 14 flower pots. In the summer the pots are planted with impatiens and the entire large planter takes on the appearance of a flowering tree. In winter the shadows of the rings (the pots are in storage) create dancing designs on the brick wall background. Green bordering plants highlight the wall's perimeter. Flowering bulbs in spring and flowering annuals and perennials in summer and autumn accent the wall, but are planted in order not to overwhelm the beauty of the wall. Plantings include wisteria, two old dogwood trees, ivy, pachysandra, lilies, peonies, hosta, spring and fall anemones, and several towering trees.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Clare J. Hoffman (former owners, 1938-1949); James Clement Lamb (former owner, 1949-1972); Fernando Alvarez de Toledo (former owner, 1972-1982); Arthur S. Berger (landscape architect, 1938); Lawrence G. Linnard (landscape architect, 1938); Bill Kistner (landscape contractor, 1980s-1990s); Tom Kistner (landscape contractor, 1980s-1990s); Elizabeth Hume (landscape architect, 1980s); Berger & Linnard (landscape architects, 1938); Neville Tree Expert Company (landscape contractors, 1980s-1990s); and Neville Landscape & Tree Service (landscape contractors, 1980s-1990s).
The folder includes a worksheet and copies of the 1938 and 1982 garden plans with plant names.