United States of America, Massachusetts, Essex County, Hamilton
El Tenemente (Hamilton, Massachusetts)
Started in 1960, the garden previously consisted of elms, Norway spruce and dogwood. The garden since 1960 has "grown like 'Topsy'" with no overall plan. The property includes a shade garden, a "meadow" garden, an herbaceous garden surrounding the pool, a conifer border, and a gazebo formed by an old apple tree. A vegetable garden exists off the kitchen. The plant material was purchased at many nurseries; many of the trees were found as seedlings growing along the roadside.
People and/or firm(s) associated with this property include: Allen W. Dodge (former owner and builder of house, 1852); Alice Dodge (former owner, ?-1931); Annie Beatty (former owner, 1931-1945); Abigail Sard (former owner, 1945-1960); and Stephen and Margarett M. Vernon (garden designers, 1960-present).
The folder includes a worksheet, site plan, descriptions by owner, copies of newspaper articles, garden tour information, and plant lists.
Garden featured in Hatsy Shields, "The Garden as an Art Form," in North Shore Magazine (18 August 1994)