"Cairn" is a Scottish term indicating a mound of rough stones marking a high place. Laird is a paternal ancestral name. Cairn Laird is a garden in the Sugar Hollow community--founded in the 1950s by Chicago emigres--of Fairview. The design and construction began in April 1999. The property consists of ten acres, two and a half of which comprise the house and gardens. Clearing and construction of the loamy woodland soil has created microclimates with full sun as well as deep shade. Natural features were used to organize a system of themed gardens and destinations for entertaining and meditation. The heart of Cairn Laird is the dining/entertaining area, which is oriented to capitalize on the views of Mount Pisgah. Other garden highlights include the White Garden; a children's woodland garden; the beehive garden; the camellia room and the koi pond. The series of garden areas is connected by stone steps and moss covered paths. A 600 square foot greenhouse was added in 2003 to house a large orchid collection, citrus, and banana trees.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Robert and Mae Fitch (former owners, 1987-1998); April Carder (landscape architect, 1999); Brenwen La Joie (gardener, 2003-2005); Steven Townsend (gardener, 2004-2005); and David Gernandt (pruner, 2000-2005).
The folder includes a work sheet, site map, land survey map, and copies of photographs before garden installation.