United States of America, Ohio, Miami County, Troy
Julia & William Hobart Garden (Troy, Ohio)
Designed by Child Associates, this garden complements the late 18th century French "Bois de Boulogne" style house on the five-acre site. What began as an idea for a garden with swimming pool developed into a comprehensive plan that transformed the site to meet the needs of a large family and to connect the formal house to its rural landscape. The site, which adjoined family farmland, had areas of woodland, open lawns, and remnants of an old apple orchard. Low maintenance, opportunities to introduce bulbs, wildflowers and other native plants to the woodland areas, and a pool that would complement the garden, rather than detract from it, were all priorities for the owners. The formal tradition of the slate-roofed dwelling has been respected by using bluestone walkways and terraces. The terrace paving continues around the edge of the symmetrical pool, which is painted black to double as a reflecting pool and is surrounded at each end by sinuous mixed borders. Behind the borders and lawn to the east are a meadow garden and more woodland, which serve as a screen from neighboring houses. Zumi crabapples serve as a reminder of the apple orchard that once covered the site, while two small garden buildings and other structures were designed to reinforce the French style of the house. A transition to the wilder landscape begins across the graveled upper drive. The land dips down into a shallow ravine and this natural rocky swale provides "movement" to the front garden and is lined with wet-loving plants. It descends to a lily pond that attracts a wide variety of wildlife. Over the nearly 20 years since its design, adjustments have been made to the original plan. Overgrown Bradford pears hiding the front of the house were replaced with more compact columnar oaks, while clipped boxwood hedges edging the front walk gave way to looser, more diverse compositions of box and perennials. A collection of David Austin shrub roses has been added to the perennial beds near the back terrace. The garden continues to evolve.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Susan F. Child (landscape architect, 1985-1987); Douglas Reed (landscape architect, 1987 to date); and Child Associates, Inc. (landscape architects, 1985-1987).
The folders include worksheets, site plans, a narrative description of the garden with plant names, and plant lists.