The Kiernan Garden Designed by Michael Donnally 2002
Tompkins, May Peterson
Wood, William James
Lampert, Golden S. Dr.
Teck, Nina Cuccio
Cutler, Amelia MacDonald
Stamford Garden Club (Connecticut)
1 folder+ 10 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Westport
The Kiernan Garden Designed by Michael Donnally (Westport, Connecticut)
The property is located in Westport, Connecticut and consists of approximately two acres. Originally, the Kiernan Garden was part of the 1929 Juniper Hill Estate until the land was sold and divided in 1981. The Georgian-style manor house was built in 1991. Mr. Mike Donnally, Garden Designer, initiated the five year project for the Kiernan Garden in 1987. The garden incorporates free formed island beds and plantings of hardy trees and shrubs set against a native woodland backdrop. Design elements include a grass ellipse, hornbeam allee, espaliered fruit trees, informal grass garden walks and swimming pool. The main axis of the garden can be seen from the center of the terrace. Strong vertical lines continue throughout the garden in the repetition plantings of the slender, arborvitae cultivar 'deGroot's Spire'
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: George and May Peterson Tompkins (former owners, 1929); William James Wood (former owner, ca. 1930); Dr. Golden S. Lampert (former owner, 1981); Charles Cutler (architect of original house, 1929); Amelia MacDonald Cutler (landscape designer, ?); Nina Cuccio Teck (architect of Kiernan House, 1991); Michael Donnally (garden designer of Kiernan Garden, 1987-1994).
The folder includes a worksheet, survey plans, garden tour script (2002), and magazine article.
Garden has been featured in Rosemary Verey, Secret Gardens Revealed by Their Owners (Boston: Little Brown, 1994), pp. 158-160
Garden has been featured in "History in the Making," Westport, CT, Westport Historical Society, 9 June 2002
Garden has been featured in Enid Munroe, "Tapestries of Delight," Westport, May 2000