United States of America, Delaware, New Castle County, Wilmington
Frog Hollow Garden (Wilmington, Delaware)
This 2.25 acre suburban garden is situated on a sloping site and has been under development since the early 1980s. It is an outdoor living space reflecting the owners' passion for collecting unusual perennials and woodies and incorporating them into a series of gardens utilizing stonework, water features, and playful statuary. As of 2002 there were 1588 different species growing in the garden of which 992 were perennials, 185 trees, 271 shrubs, 32 vines, and 108 bulbs. The landscape design includes: a shady terrace with one pool surrounded by a moss garden plus another pool with goldfish and a formal fountain; a sunny terrace by a conservatory with a stand of hardy pitcher plants as well as approximately 100 non-hardy succulents in containers; a hillside rock garden including a collection of Japanese maples and dwarf conifers, two pools with frog fountains, and an artificial bog; a newly created desert garden for hardy agave, yucca and cacti; a walled knot garden along with a traditional herb garden and "dipping" pool; cozy sitting spaces; a gazebo overlooking a woodland pond with spouting frogs; and an octagonal vegetable garden. In the gardens, blooms, berries and lilypads cater to butterflies, birds and frogs. In a newly built conservatory attached to the house is a collection of tropical plants, in ground as well as in containers, and a horticultural library. Aside from heavy excavation and building of terrace areas, the design, planting, and maintenance of the garden are entirely the work of the owners.
Persons associated with the site and garden include: Holsinger (former owner, ca. 1949); Bruce (former owner, before 1978); Sodeburg (former owner, before 1978); William J. and Lesley D. Lawrence (former owners, 1978-1979); Simple (sculptor); Bill Heise (sculptor); and Mark Bullwinkle (sculptor).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plans, photocopies of articles about the garden, and additional narrative description of the garden and slides, including plant names.
Garden has been featured in Tracy Campbell, "Growth Potential," Delaware Today, XXIX, No. 3 (March 1990), pp. HG20-HG30
Garden has been featured in Bill Hayden, "Down the Garden Path," Wilmington News-Journal, May 6-8, 1994
Garden has been featured in Theresa Medoff, "In the Garden of Eve," Wilmington News-Journal, July 23, 1998
Garden has been featured in Pat Ross, Decorating Your Garden (Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1998), passim
Garden has been featured in Debra Moffitt, "Gardeners Dream of Slow, Steady Rain," Wilmington News Journal, July 21, 1999
Garden has been featured in Theresa Gawlas Medoff, "Watery Wonderland," Delaware Today, XXXIX, No. 4 (April 2000), pp. H16-H20+
Garden has been featured in Denise Cowie, "What Gives Flora Flair?," The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, August 9, 2000
Garden has been featured in Dorothy Wright, "The Science of Things," Green Scene 28, No. 9 (December 2000), p. 40
Garden has been featured in Eve Thyrum, "Ornaments in the Garden," Fine Gardening, No. 76 (November-December 2000), pp. 58-63
Garden has been featured in Leo Irwin, "Exterior Design," Wilmington News Journal, June 28, 2001
Garden has been featured in Accent Your Garden (Newtown, CT: The Taunton Press, 2002), pp. 119-125 and passim
Garden has been featured in Jeff Jabco, "Designing for Small Spaces: Terrace Gardening," Green Scene, 30, No. 5 (December 2002), p. 38