United States of America, Wisconsin, Sheboygan County, Elkhart Lake
Birchwood (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin)
The estate began in 1890. Villa Gottfried was originally the winter house of brewer Matheus Gottfried. A greenhouse and palm house were constructed in 1894. After Gottfried's death, the house changed hands. In the 1930's, the owners re-named the property "Birchwood." Destruction of buildings--the Villa in 1946--and property division has occurred over time. A racetrack, previously on the property, is now covered by streets and houses. Original stone walls and stone fences still exist. The garden has a series of terraces leading from the back of the house down to the lake. The estate has a woodland walk, along with many other features.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Matheus Gottfried (former owner, 1888); Laun Brothers (former owner, 1908); Fred Vogel (former owner, 1916); Joseph Wolff (former owner, 1919); and The Wreath Company (landscaper and designer, 1980's - present).
The folder includes a worksheet, historical pictures and information regarding previous owners, historical timeline of property, planting lists, planting plans, and landscape design.