United States of America, New Jersey, Union County, Summit
Thomas Garden (Summit, New Jersey)
Established in 1920, this 1.4-acre garden complements a 1918 Colonial Revival house that was renovated and expanded in the 1990s. Although part of the garden remains in its original form, some of it has been changed to accommodate the new footprint of the house. Fieldstone and brick masonry retaining walls encircle a rear patio, a shade garden, and a parterre garden. While sun-loving perennials and flowering trees provide seasonal interest and color, shade perennials dominate the site. Lawn areas are sheltered by a backdrop of broadleaf evergreens, particularly rosebay and hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurel. Towering overhead, offering their canopy of shade, are majestic oaks and one outstanding Amur cork tree. All the garden spaces possess an individual character and when combined provide a pleasing setting for the home.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Jackson (former owners, 1920-1967); Mr. and Mrs. Radford Lovett (former owners, 1967-1979); and John Charles Smith (landscape architect, 1996).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plans, and a narrative description of the garden.