United States of America, Massachusetts, Bristol County, South Dartmouth
Sea Thrift (South Dartmouth, Massachusetts)
This garden site has been settled since the 18th century, the present house was built in 1860, and the land was farmed until 1965. The current owner began developing the gardens in 1989. The property has many different environments and settings. They include marshlands, woodlands, an old gravesite, sweeping lawns, perennial borders, formal gardens, and borders of trees and shrubs. Each area is unique. A variety of statuary, urns, benches, and artwork may be found throughout the property. The collection of plant material makes this an arboretum worthy of visits throughout the year.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Ralph Earl and heirs (former owners, 1700-1860); Benjamin Wing and heirs (former owners, 1860-1965); the Gidley family (former owners, 1965-1976); the Harrop family (former owners, 1976-1989); and James Perry Landscaping (landscape designers and gardeners, 1989 to date).
The folder includes a worksheet, additional information about the garden, a garden plan, a plant list of trees and shrubs, and a photocopy of an article about the house and garden.
Garden has been featured in Janice Byrd, "Meant to Be," Boston Globe, May 17, 1998