United States of America, Mississippi, Adams County, Natchez
Cottage Gardens (Natchez, Mississippi)
Cottage Gardens underwent a landscape renovation to incorporate two cisterns and stone paving remnants from the original garden. The rest of the garden was designed in the style of the period of the early 1800s. The natural flow of the land creates a setting for many colorful azalea, iris, tulips and pansies. A massive Ginkgo, varieties of Magnolia, a Japanese maple, and native trees throughout the grounds are focal points in their season. A formal garden at the rear of the house highlights a lily pond and fountain. Nearby, and visible outside the wall, is a reproduction pigeonnaire adding height to the scene and attracting the eye while defining the space beyond.
Persons associated with the property include: Don Jose Vidal (former owner, 1793); Adam Bower (former owner, 1828-?); Alexander McMurty (former occupant/owner); Alexander Farrar (former owner, 1841-1845); Josephus Hewett (former owner, 1845-1867); Jefferson College Trustees (1867-1884); Allison and Mary K. Foster (1884-?); Mrs. Mary Kate Norman (former owner, ?-1963); William Carl and Sara Blewett McGehee (former owners, 1963-1973); Tom H. and Dorothy McNeil (former owners, 1973-?); Ron and Mary Warren Miller of Historic Natchez Foundation; and William Garbo (landscape architect, ca. 2002).
The folder includes a worksheet; site plans; a plant list; Adams County Landmarks Inventory records; and garden tour brochures.
Garden featured in Heather Hammatt, "Mississippi Revival," in Landscape Architecture, October 2002, pp. 117