The original woody site features areas of vinca and grass sloping down into a slight dale, then rises to the entrance of a porch filled with potted plants. The original rose garden contained tea roses, which later became a white and white garden, and then changed to the present rose garden. The current rose garden contains boxwood hedges in the shape of an "X" and standard roses. The landscape has continued to evolve since the 1980s. Trees were added to the front and brick work was added to define the curved surfaces. The owners created another entrance to the backyard through the greenhouse and court area. In the rear, a fence was removed and a much larger area became available to cultivate. An upper level patio with a water fountain was created--increasing the area of planting substantially. Pots or container gardening was adopted and elaborated over many years with variety and seasonal blooming. The most recent addition in permanent plantings is a camellia garden at the west end of the swimming pool area. Flowering fruit trees, spirea, cherry laurel, Japanese maple, tulip magnolias and magnolias are integrated into the naturalistic setting.
People associated with this property include: Asher B. Kahn (former owner, 1938-1949); John O'Boyle (former owner, 1949-1972); Elizabeth Ferguson (former owner, 1972-1980); Howard Meyer (architect, 1937); Joe Lambert (landscape architect, ca. 1940-1950); Herman Bliss (landscape architect, 1980); and Charlene Marsh (rose garden designer, 1995).
The folder contains a work sheet, site plan, narrative description, and copy of aerial photograph.
Raised bed gardening
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