United States of America, Delaware, New Castle County, New Castle
George Read II House and Garden (New Castle, Delaware)
This property was the home of George Read II (1765-1836), a lawyer and son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The parterre garden was added about 1847 by then-owner William Couper and was in the style of Andrew Jackson Downing. The basic design of this formal garden is an oval with a circle at each end, surrounded by box and containing brick walkways. The back part of the garden is less formal in plan. After the site was donated to the Historical Society of Delaware in 1975 extensive tree work and other restoration of the garden was undertaken.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: George Read II (former owner, 1797-1836); William Couper and the Couper family (former owners, 1845-1920); and Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Laird (former owners, 1920-1975).
The folders include worksheets, brochures, photocopies of correspondence and printed information about the garden, and a 1981 thesis by Nancy Bossler, "Interpreting History Through Gardens and Landscapes, with an Interpretive Prospectus for the Garden of the George Read II House in New Castle, Delaware.
Garden has been featured in House and Garden, November 1901, pp. 12-17
Garden has been featured in Alice G. B. Lockwood, ed. and comp., Gardens of Colony and State, Vol. 2 (New York: C. Scribner's Sons for the Garden Club of America, 1931-1934), pp. 188-189
Garden has been featured in Louis H. Frohman and Jean Elliot, A Pictorial Guide to American Gardens (New York: Crown Publishers, 1960), p. 346