United States of America, Indiana, Marion County, Indianapolis
The John C. Klein Property (Indianapolis, Indiana)
The home, the residence of Governors of the State of Indiana from 1945-1973, is centered on the property, facing west. On the northeast corner of the property stands a pergola, approximately 40 feet in length, which is covered with "New Dawn" roses. The pergola was designed to mirror the French doors that march across the front of the house. The pergola provides entrance to the private slate patio and double-tiered pond. The unique raised structure of the pond was designed as a safety precaution for the Klein's active grandchildren. Water cascades from the higher tier of the pond into the lower tier. The outside structure of the pond is built with the same buff-colored brick, as is the house. Mrs. Klein grows Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) and Nymphaea Odoratoa (Water Lily) plants in the pond. Much of the garden area around the pond and patio contain a variety of Hostas, Day Lilies, Rhododendron, Azalea, and boxwood. The property is dotted with mature evergreen and deciduous trees, which are under planted with Hostas, Day Lilies, Painter's Palate, and Hydrangeas.
Persons of Organizations associated with the garden include: William N. Thompson (former owner, 1925-1926); Mr. and Mrs. John H. Trimble (former owners, 1926-1945); The State of Indiana (1945-1973); Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Dawson (former owners, 1973-1978); Ken Remenschneider (landscape architect, 1997); Frank B. Huntee (architect); and Elaine Klein (Mrs. John C.) (gardener, 1973).
The folders include a work sheet and slide view plan.