United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Fairfield, Southport
Walled Garden (Southport, Connecticut)
The garden was transformed from a narrow strip of land between the house and cinder block wall--built for privacy and noise insulation by a previous owner. The wall is now swathed in a green cloak of ivy, climbing hydrangeas, euonymous, climbing roses, and clematis. Five outdoor rooms were created around the house. A large, pink "Scintillation" rhododendron flanks the entrance courtyard, which is paved in bluestone and edged in brick with low, formal boxwood hedges. The other garden rooms inlcude a paved oval dining area, sitting area, cicular garden, and a shade garden called the "reading room." The highly structured design of this garden ensures interest throughout the year.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Lucia Macy McGowan (former owner, 1954-1968); Mrs. May Walker (former owner, 1968-1985); Mr. and Mrs. A. Dan Klyver (former owners, 1985-1993); Sylvia Erskine (landscape architect, 1994); and Nick Lee (plantsman, 1994).