United States of America, Illinois, Cook County, Winnetka
Moffat Mall in Chestnut Court (Winnetka, Illinois)
In 1960, the Winnetka Garden Club chose the location as its 1961 civic project. Curved benches framed an antique Italian fountain. Low evergreen shrubs and euonymus made up the bulk of the planting, while local merchants occasionally contributed spring bulbs. The Mall was formally dedicated on June 13, 1962. The garden was renovated in 1979. In 2002, the planning for a complete new renovation with an English design began. The centerpiece of the plan is a brick promenade between Village Hall and the post office that opens into a central plaza with curved benches framing a new fountain. Several criteria have been used in the selection of plant material: year round interest, long-lasting color, ease of long-term care, and incorporating many senses. In keeping with the name of "Chestnut Court," Yellow Buckeyes have been selected to create a shade canopy over the promenade.
Persons associated with the garden include: Village of Winnetka (owner, 1960-present); Mrs. William Moffat (designer, 1960-1962); Mrs. Edward Harkness (designer, 1960-1962); Mark Marcus (landscape designer, 2002-2005); Jane Muellner (landscape designer, 2002-2005); Ray Sanchez (contractor, 2002-2005); and Linda Walsh (renovation manager, 2002-2005).
The folder includes a work sheet, site map, narrative history, design description and copies of articles.