United States of America, Mississippi, Adams County, Natchez
Marschalk-Spencer (Natchez, Mississippi)
The garden space of the Marschalk-Spencer House (ca. 1830) is brick-walled, and fits the designation of a "secret garden." The garden is entered by way of a narrow path framed by the side of the house and a clipped hedge. Brick steps and a wrought iron gate give one a first glimpse of the garden and its entrance court. From this court space, three steps and a small wrought iron gate lead up to a terrace with brick paved walks encircling a classic sundial. Low cliped boxwood and mondograss soften the appearance of the brick walks. There are two lead sculptures on this axis. At the far end of the upper terrace, a tiny patio furnished with cast iron furniture provides a focal point terminating the central walk. Trees along the property line of the house to the back property line. Thought small, this garden gives one a feeling of spaciousness. The garden space is approximately 31 feet wide by 72 feet in length.
Persons associated with the garden include: David Wood (former owner); Andrew Marschalk (former owner, 1819); Miller and Jane Stewart (former owners, 1824); Robert Stewart (former owner, 1854-1880); Herman F. Papp (former owner, 1880-1884); Marion Payne (former owner, 1884-1904); Nannie W. Humpreys (former owner, 1904-1927); Mrs. Covington W. Scott family (former owners, 1927-1974); Lynda Mead Shea (former owner, 1974); Bruce and Brenda Fisher (former owners, 1974-1983); William Garbo, ASLA (garden designer, 1987); and Ron and Mary W. Miller (historical researchers).
The folder includes a worksheet, landscape plans, a plant list, copies of book entries and newspaper articles, history of property by Historic Natchez Foundation, and articles about Marschalk.
Garden featured in: Randolph Delehanty and van Jones, Martin, Classic Natchez (Savannah: Martin ~St. Martin, 2001) 90-91 pp.; Steven Brooke, The Majesty of Natchez (Gretna, Louisiana: Paddle Wheel Publications, 1969) 18-19 pp