United States of America, Massachusetts, Bristol County, South Dartmouth
Jardim Escondido (South Dartmouth, Massachusetts)
Prior to 1900, the 2 1/2 acre garden was farmland and the present house was a barn. The former owners began designing flower and vegetable gardens in 1937. After 1954, the Taxus around the patio were pruned into topiaries. The present owner designed small seating areas and paths through the woodlands. Specimen and flowering trees were added. Since the older garden was quite formal and European in design, the present owner decided to create a more casual, natural atmosphere in the newer acquired areas. The newer areas include a cutting garden, berry patches, and wildflowers. Most of the older, formal garden areas are completely screened and hidden, hence the name Jardim Escondido, meaning "Hidden Garden" in Portuguese. The garden now has a European flavor with its formal layout and use of garden ornamentation. It is an example of Portuguese gardens with their hallmark elements of fruit trees, herbs, berries and vegetables. Vivid and abundant color from masses of flowers, shrubs and trees also reflect Portuguese gardening.
People and/or firm(s) associated with this property include: Emily and James Perry, Sr. (former owners and garden designers, 1936-1954); and James Perry, Jr. (garden designer).
The folder includes a worksheet, narrative description, partial plant list and garden plans.