United States of America, Texas, Smith County, Tyler
Chilton Oaks (Tyler, Texas)
The Greek Revival style house is set on two acres of land and is surrounded by large oak and magnolia trees. The prominent feature of the garden is the formal boxwood garden. Placed directly behind the house, it terminates with an open tea house which is supported by tall ionic iron columns and covered with wisteria. In the center of this garden is a fish and lily pond centered with a Venetian marble statue of Aphrodite. In the spring, beds are planted with pansies and tulips; and in the summer with white Aaron caladiums and begonias. Other area "rooms" of the garden are a green grass area bordered with azaleas, camellias and flowering shrubs; and a croquet lawn bordered with oakleaf and macrophylla hydrangea, azalea and roses. A cutting and herb garden with brick-edged beds has a pond and fountain at its center. The front lawn is bordered by large camellias and azaleas. Marble and stone statues are located throughout the property.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Fair (former owners, 1938-1955); Shirley Simons (architect, 1938); Maurice Shamburger (landscape architect, 1939-1960); and Naud Burnett (landscape architect, 1960-2004).
The folders include worksheets, a garden plan, and woody plant list.