United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Newtown
Echo Valley Garden (Newtown, Connecticut)
Echo Valley Garden was transformed from an old farm property over a 40-year time span. In the large garden behind the house, island beds are set at the north and west of a spacious lawn. To the west, a 100 ft. long border of bulbs, perennials and a collection of daylilies runs irregularly along a sloping bank. The fall of the land to the east is defined into upper and lower lawns by a long juniper hedge trimed close on the edge of the upper lawn to carry the eye along the vista. The lower laen, once an orchard, is planted with flowering trees and shrubs around two old apple trees. Circling the property are old fieldstone walls with an electric deer fence. A feature of this garden is its many controlled contrasts of form and color. Island beds consist of of dwarf evergreens, variegated plants, flowering perennials, and ornamental grasses. Around the house is a seasonal display of small and large containers filled with colorful exotics and annuals.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: John H. Mulliken (former owner, 1911-1940); Isabel Y. Knox (former owner, 1940-1960); Elizabeth MacDonald (sculptor of ceramic and fountain globes); Emil Racenet (twig and metal gate); and Sydney Eddison (garden designer, 1960-present).
The folder includes a worksheet and garden plan.
Garden has been featured in Sydney Eddison, A Patchwork Garden: Unexpected Pleasures from a Country Garden (Harper and Row, 1990)
Garden has been featured in Sydney Eddison, A Passion for Daylilies: The Flowers and the People (Harper Collins, 1992)
Garden has been featured in Sydney Eddison, The Unsung Season: Gardens and Gardeners in Winter (Houghton Mifflin, 1995)
Garden has been featured in Sydney Eddison, The Self-Taught Gardener: Lessons from a Country Garden (Viking Penquin, 1997)
Garden has been featured in Sydney Eddison, The Garderner's Palette: Creating Color in the Garden (Contemporary Books, 2002)