United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Greenwich
Grahampton (Greenwich, Connecticut)
Purchased in 1916 and finished in 1917, the brick estate served as the retirement home of Henry William (Harry) Croft and his wife, Augusta Graham Croft. The garden was originally the work of James Greenleaf, who worked closely with Mrs. Croft. Pastures, orchards, and marshy grounds were transformed into tended walks, stonework, and flowers. Greenleaf and Mrs. Croft created pools; boxwood-lined paths; flower beds of delphiniums, foxgloves, and irises; and steps leading up to a statue of Diana with her leaping dog. Ellen Shipman was later hired to make additions. The acreage with the house (as of 1986) was reduced from 278 acres to not quite five, having been subdivided into residential lots.
Persons and firms associated with the garden and property include: Henry and Augusta Croft (former owners); Johnson and Abbot (architect, 1916); William H. Nye (contractor, 1916);
The folder includes worksheets and copies of articles.
Garden featured in Percy S. Cane, "Modern Gardens: British & Foreign," (winter 1926-1927)
Garden featured in P. H. Elwood, Jr., ed., American Landscape Architecture (New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Co. INC), pp. 46-48
Garden featured in The Garden Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 2 (April 1923)
Garden featured in The Junior League of Greenwich, The Great Estates: Greenwich, Connecticut, 1880-1930 (Canaan, New Hampshire: Phoenix Publishing, 1986), pp. 77-79