United States of America, Georgia, Richmond County, Augusta
Cloister Garth (Augusta, Georgia)
The garden was spread over three acres and was arranged in a series of smaller formal garden rooms in an Italian villa theme. The estate contained several Italianate sculptures and the central section of the garden contained a sunken pool, which was surrounded by an oval wall.From the central pool, five different walkways radiated outward. The first long walk extended southward down through a geometric grove and ended in a small rectangular lily pool. Another walkways extended westward towards a formal garden which terminated in a loggia that featured elaborate mosaics. The third and fourth walkways led to the main house. The last walkway headed east through four square planting beds and ended in a small circular goldfish pool. The garden also featured a Chinese tea house and tennis courts. The garden once contained at least 30 Italian cypress, but as of the mid-1980s, very few remained. The garden design was a collaboration between P.J. Berckman of Fruitland Nursery, Mrs. Thomas (a former owner), and the landscape firm of Pray, Hubbard & White of Boston.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: Landon Thomas (former owner); Harris Clay (former owner); PJ Berckman of Fruitlands Nursery (nurseryman); and Pray, Hubbard, and White (landscape architects).
Garden featured in Mitchell, Gardens of Georgia, (1989)
Garden featured in The Italian Garden Transplanted (1988)
Garden featured in J. Dixon Hunt, Journal of Garden History (1990)