United States of America, North Carolina, Buncombe County, Asheville
Gussie's Garden (Asheville, North Carolina)
From the street, privacy is attained with a wooded hollow full of ferns at the entry. The garden itself is primarily located in the rear of the house on a natural berm with a backdrop of tall trees bordering the Blue Ridge Parkway. The native area supports a wide variety of plant material and is a true sound buffer for the traffic beyond. It is a "perennial border' about 100 feet long and about 30 feet deep. On one end, the lawn drops to woods and a creek. On the other side, the lawn ends in woods with an informal wood post pagoda used for dining or for relaxing in a hammock. Quite removed from the house, the shelter affords a place to survey the activities of children on the lawn and driveway. The depth of the bed is divided by a gravel and flagstone walkway providing access to the beds. An outstanding feature of the garden is the great clumps of perennials that have reached substantial size in the ten years of its existence. The garden is best viewed across a rather wide lawn from the long deck on the rear of the house where the family eats and entertains. No neighboring houses can be seen from the house or yard. The whole yard surrounding the 3,500 square foot house maintains an informality complementing the gray shingled mountain home.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: John Rogers, AIA (architect, 1992); and Kerney McNeil (builder, 1992).
The folder includes a work sheet and feature plans.