United States of America, Delaware, New Castle County, Hockessin
Ashland Hollow (Hockessin, Delaware)
Ashland Hollow is a 17-acre stroll garden and has been under development by its owners (one of whom is a landscape architect), with the assistance of other professionals, since 1963. Situated in a hilly stream valley, the garden combines strong design and plants from around the world (80% are non-natives) to create seasonal interest. Ponds and dams, sculpture, a gazebo, a game lawn, a vegetable garden, and a small "test nursery" complement the garden itself. The garden is constantly undergoing fine tuning. Interactive audio features were added in 1998-1999, and plantings are altered to reflect new ideas and changes in conditions.
Persons associated with the property include: William H. Frederick, Jr. (landscape architect, 1963 to date); Conrad Hamerman (landscape architect, 1965-1966); C. Douglass Buck, Jr. (architect, 1963); Theodore Fletcher (architect, 1963); Sir Peter F. Shepheard (architect, 1989); Linda Lee Strong (sculptor, 1990); Tom Henry Williams (gardener, 1965-1985); Paul Skibinski (gardener, 1985 to date); and John Huntington (sound engineer, 1998-1999).
The folders include worksheets, copies of articles about the garden (including a plant list), a garden plan, narrative descriptions, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Landscape Architecture, March 1979, pp. 147-154
Garden has been featured in Architectural Digest, June 1981, pp. 118-123
Garden has been featured in William Lake Douglas et al., Garden Design: History, Principles, Elements, Practice (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984), p. 55
Garden has been featured in The Garden, Vol. 109, Part 7 (July 1984), pp. 261-264
Garden has been featured in Bonnie J. S. Day, "Color at Ashland Hollow," The Green Scene, May 1986
Garden has been featured in Peter King et al., Gardening With Style: A Private View of the World's Most Innovative Gardens (London: Bloomsbury, 1988), pp. 176-179
Garden has been featured in Rosemary Verey, The American Man's Garden (Boston: Little, Brown, 1990)
Garden has been featured in William H. Frederick, The Exuberant Garden and the Controlling Hand: Plant Combinations for North American Gardens (Boston: Little, Brown, 1992)
Garden has been featured in William H. Frederick, "Every Path Its Season," Elle Decor (October-November 1992), pp. 108-110
Garden has been featured in Gary Smith, "The Exuberant Garden Design Philosophy of William H. Frederick, Jr.," The Green Scene, Vol. 21, No. 2 (November/December 1992), pp. 4-7
Garden has been featured in Adrian Higgins, "A Garden That Takes the Long View," The Washington Post, November 2, 2006