The 2.6 acre property is positioned at 3600 feet altitude. The house, a summer home, is near the main road and is a little English style country house of stone and wood looking out to Woods Mountains across the valley. The defining feature of the garden is its slope which is about 35 degrees straight down hill bordered on one side by a small creek. Near the house, the garden is primarily wildflowers and ferns in a heavily wooded area. Huge wild azaleas and foliage plants are used for color. Accents include Solomon Seal coming from crevices in the stone work and bits of fern in the edge of the steps. Below the terrace, the garden is designed off each side of a stone step "trunk path". There are seven levels going out from differing heights from each side of the path. The garden is entirely composed of raised beds made of stone and locust posts. Special interest is devoted to climbing plants, specifically roses and vines, due to the slope. The garden abounds with English and French iron grill work to hold plants and act as backdrops for vines. A lathe house is positioned near the base of the slope to provide privacy and support for roses.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mrs. Margaret McDowell Newland (former owner, 1940-1970).
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The French Broad River Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes a work sheet and garden plan.
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