United States of America, Ohio, Montgomery County, Dayton
Little Woods (Dayton, Ohio)
Little Woods is an intimate flower garden consisting of descending terrace garden with a wall of Ohio and Indiana limestone. It was not designed to be a showplace, but rather a welcoming area for famiy and friends to congregate and enjoy the outdoors. The property included fountains, tennis and squash courts, riding stables, and a peach orchard. A spring garden contained bulbs, red bud, primrose and marquerites among boxwood borders. After many owners, the garden were not maintained and the stables, pool, and tennis courts became unusable. In 2005, the property was subdivided and a road was installed. The original home is being restored. The terrace garden immediately behind the home and the front yard are all that is left of the property.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: George H. and Elsie Mead (former owners, 1923-1961); and Ellen Biddle Shipman (landscape architect, 1923).
The folder includes worksheets and magazine and newspaper articles.
Garden featured in Hazel E. Cummin, "What Constitutes a Good Garden," in House Beautiful (March 1931)
Garden featured in Judith Tankard, The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman (Sagapress, December 1966), p. 215
Garden featured in Bev Todd, "The Little Woods," in Life With Style in Dayton and the Miami Valley, Vol. 1 Issue 3 2005, pp. 32-34