United States of America, North Carolina, Blowing Rock
The Cottage Garden (Blowing Rock, North Carolina)
The property consists of 3.73 acres. The original house on the property was removed. A parking area and a few stone retaining walls remain from the previous owners. Access to the new Gothic-style house, located in the center of the property, required a series of stairs and walkways to connect the house to the existing parking area. The design called for stairs placed on an axis with the front door of the house for a grand vista in the classical style. The very top is a double switchback with stairs at a stone wall and niche for sculpture. The lower sets of stairs were built with cheek walls and a pedestal positions for urns or ornamentation. The final set of stairs were in a new retaining wall that created a level drive at the front door. Within the circular loop drive, perennial beds were laid out on semi-circular gravel paths. The property also incorporated a cottage garden and woodland garden. An "electric" mix of evergreens, deciduous flowering shrubs, groundcovers, perennials and annuals cover the landscape. "Organized chaos with an emphasis on organized" characterize the landscape designers' style.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Betsy Alexander Patterson (former owner, ?-1915); Mildred Patterson Beard (former owner, 1915-1980); Alexander Patterson Beard (former owner, 1980-1996); Sammy Greeson (architect); Laura Bischofs-Himmelman (landscape designer, 1997); Robert Arner Himmelman (landscape designer, 1997); and Virginia Bullman (sculptor for garden statuary)