United States of America, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Flourtown
Thornlea (Flourtown, Pennsylvania)
The Thornlea residence located in a suburban area sits at the end of a private lane. The two acre property includes stone walls, several garden spaces and lawn. The entrance area leads to a brick courtyard enclosed by a four-foot stucco wall. The coutyard's interior spaced includes holly trees, planted troughs, hostas and chamaesyparis. The walled herb garden off of the couryard is designed with three levels. Pea size gravel is underfoot and the geometric herb beds are backed by a European Hornbeam hedge. A perennial bed is set along one wall along with a hosta bed and espaliered fruit trees. The interior herb beds tend to change content at the whim of the owner. Beyond the walled garden is lawn and a wooded area of ferns and wildflowers. At the back of the residence is a bi-level terrace and an arbor covered with wisteria.
Persons associated with the garden include: Stanley and Bernice Thorton (former owners, 1957-1987).