United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Wilton
The Garden House (Wilton, Connecticut)
Parnes and Schneider purchased a property near the road that lacked privacy. Luther Greene created a garden that provided protection from neighbors and the road. Greene built a raised bank along the road and planted it with evergreens and flowering trees. The main plan for the garden was to create a central open lawn with a sequence of small gardens or "rooms." The rooms include a Japanese garden, a cutting garden, a cloister garden, a white garden and a blue garden. Four of the rooms include water features. Waterfalls are a principal feature in the Japanese and the blue gardens. Stones and plantings are the two other most important features in the garden.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: Sidmore Parnes and David Schneider (former owners, 1971); Frazier Peters (designer and builder of house, 1929); Luther Greene (landscape designer, 1971); Ellen Spingarn (Japanese garden cascades); Martin Fitzgerald (topiaries, 1926-?); and Dwight Brooks (original gardener).
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, and garden tour description, and magazine article.
Garden has been featured in Valentine Lawford, "Gardens: Diversification, Formality and Informality Blended in Connecticut," Architectural Digest (March 1981), pp. 136-141, 184-185