United States of America, Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee
Purtell Garden (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
The purpose of the garden is to establish regional character. The property runs along the Milwaukee River with the house against the forest on the north end of a farm field. Six different habitats were identified here.The entrance garden is comprised of plants adapted to dry prairie plants, while a bed near the greenhouse includes a moisture-balanced (mesic) prairie. Vegetable gardens were planted for beauty as well as utility. Decorative objects and furniture such as limestone birdbaths and wood slab benches were chosen to provide winter interest.
Persons associated with the property include: David Kropp (landscape architect, 1976-1978); and Judith Stark (landscape architect modified vegetable beds and front door bed, 1989-1990).
The folder includes worksheet, garden plans, and copies of publications featuring the garden.
Garden has been featured in Carolyn Ulrich, "Native Intelligence," in Garden Design, Spring 1990, pp. 57-59
Garden has been featured in Cheryl Weber, "Beyond the Vegetable Patch: Foodscape Design for the Nineties," in Garden Design, Summer 1990, pp. 45-53
Garden has been featured in Judith Stark, "Designing with Nature: A landscape architect and a gardener team up," Fine Gardening, March/April 1992, pp. 49-51