United States of America, North Carolina, Buncombe County, Asheville
Owen Garden (Asheville, North Carolina)
The 3 1/2 acre property is a collection of over 40 varieties of rhodendron. The house is situated on the back third of the property with a full wall of rhododendron cascading over a 50 foot long brick wall on the parking area. The front terrace of the house looks out onto a huge outdoor "room" surrounded by a five foot holly hedge. Perennial beds in each corner soften the view. Beyond the hedge are raised beds for tomatoes, which are hidden from view. Total privacy is maintained in the garden by 60 foot trees around three sides of the property. On the street side, scattered trees remain with rhododendrons throughout. Only the side of the house is visible from the street.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Charles Dexter Owen (former owner, 1933-1970); Anthony Lord (architect, 1933 and 1970); Charles Owen Dexter (plants, 1933-1970); De La Terre Landscapes (fences, 2003); Allen Roderick (tool shed, 2006); and Nexus (greenhouse, 2006).
The folder includes a work sheet, publications and feature plans.
Garden featured in Eveleth C. Cowles, The Dexter Estate: Its Gardens and Gardeners, (Hyannis, Massachusetts: A Rosebay Publication, Massachusetts Chapter, American Rhodendron Society, 1980)
Garden featured in Philip A. Livingston and Franklin H. West, eds., Hybrids and Hybridizers: Rhodendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania: Harrowood Books, 1978)