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Cloister Garth ca. 1930-1986

Former owner:
Thomas, L. A.
Clay, Harris
Sculptor:
Olivati
Nurseryman:
Berckman, P.J
Landscape Architect:
Pray, Hubbard and White
Physical description:
1 folder+ 23 35 mm. slides
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Georgia, Richmond County, Augusta
Georgia
Augusta
Cloister Garth (Augusta, Georgia)
Date:
1930
1930-1986
ca 1930-1986
Notes:
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).
Publications:
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)
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
GA029000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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