United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia
Old Orchard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The stone house was built in 1931 to look like a country farmhouse. The landscape was overgrown when the present owners decided to do a major restoration. The large mature shrubs and trees, including all the foundation plantings, were moved to the perimeters of the two-acre property. The current garden was designed to open up and use the entire property, allowing long vistas from the patio area. The previous perennial garden was transformed from a closed-in four-square Williamsburg garden to an open space with heaths and heathers, a pond and rock garden, a vegetable garden, and a community garden tended by a neighbor. The property has been designed to be low maintenance, since the owners do all of the gardening themselves, except for the lawn work.
Persons associated with the garden include:Jerome and Marilyn Blum (former owners, 1958-1984); Frederick W. G. Peck (landscape architect, 1960s); and Barbara Olienick (landscape designer, 1995-1999).
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The folder includes a work sheet, garden plan, and copies of magazine and newspaper articles.
Garden featured in Ann L. Reed, "Turning Shrubs into Trees," The Green Scene, June 2001; Diane Goldsmith, "Grounds for Improvement," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 30 October 1998; Marban M. Sparkman, "Recycling in the Garden" The Green Scene, September 1996; Mark Kane, "The Rewards of Time," Better Homes and Gardens, May 2002, pp. 48-56
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