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Sunnie-Holme ca. 1930

Former owner:
Jennings, Annie Burr
Landscape architect:
Kellaway, Herbert J.
Rosarian:
Foote, Harriett Risley 1863-
Physical description:
2 folders+ 27 images: 11 glass lantern slides; photoprints from postcards; photoprints from glass plate negatives
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Fairfield
Connecticut
Fairfield
Sunnie-Holme (Fairfield, Connecticut)
Date:
1930
ca 1930
Notes:
Miss Annie Burr Jennings, daughter of a founder of Standard Oil Company, built Sunnie-Holme in 1909-1910. For thirty years, the house was the social center of the town during the summer months. It is unclear who designed the original parterre gardens; Miss Jennings later re-designed the gardens with herbaceous perennials, roses, and flowering shrubs. Her gardens were designed to be at their peak during the summer, when she resided in the house. Over thirty gardeners kept the extensive plantings maintained. Each of the three parallel paths leading from the main house south toward the sound were bordered with perennials in various color schemes or a vine-covered arbor. The designs were influenced by the writings of Gertrude Jekyll, whom whe met a Munstead wood in 1926, and from whom she commissioned the design for a garden at the Old Glebe House in Woodbury, Connecticut.
Located in the center of the garden was a formal rose garden, designed by Herbert Kellaway and rosarian, Mrs. Harriet Risley Foote, which had as its focal point an Italianate pool anchored by surrounding pergolas. Other garden "rooms" included "Irish," evergreen, white, and an herb garden. A wild garden with Indian totem poles and a rustic lodge, was situated at the end of the property. In her will, Miss Jennings forbade that the gardens become a town park. Although she encouraged her heirs to continue the gardens, the property was sold. Sunnie-Holme was dismantled on the eve of World War II.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: Annie Burr jennings (former owner, 1909-1939); Herbert Kellaway (rose garden designer); and Harriett Risley Foote (rosarian).
Summary:
The folders include worksheets, articles, and copy of 1936 map.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CT004000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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