United States of America, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Radnor, Wayne
Edward and Louise Carter Garden (Wayne, Pennsylvania)
The Edward and Louise Carter garden was originally part of a large gentleman's farm, "Ravenscliff." Subdivided for development in the late 1970s, it created a parcel of two sloping acres bisected with a small stream and a Pennsylvania bank barn. The Carter's purchased the 150-year old barn in 1980 and proceeded to develop numerous garden settings around it. The original farm road serves as the driveway to the property. Louise Carter defines her style as "country eclectic." She created gardens to provide a setting of plants with year-round interest, pleasing views in all directions, and privacy from the developing neighborhood. She planted two Photinia villosa trees for shade and to reinforce the sense of an old barnyard being invaded by plantings over time. In general, the gardens which are close to the house are crisply delineated with more formal designs, as in the courtyard and around the pool, while they loosen up and relate more to the natural settings as they move away from the house. Future plans include reducing maintenance by eliminating plants which don't thrive and by replacing many of the herbaceous perennials with flowering shrubs.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. William Coxe Wright (former owners, ca. 1920-1979); Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Carter (former owners, 1979-present); Winthrop Faulkner (architect of barn transformation, 1980); and Louise Carter (landscape designer, 1980-present).
The folder includes a work sheet,plant list and garden plan.
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