United States of America, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Swarthmore
Belvidere (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania)
The owner's intention of the garden, since 1999, was to develop garden spaces which reflected the various garden styles enjoyed by the owner as well as to compliment the architecture of the house. The front includes a cottage garden with the stone house as a backdrop. All the original lawn and plantings were removed and an irregular, winding stone path was installed. Large spaces were left between the paving stones to allow for creeping plants, such as thyme, dianthus, and sedums. The garden has a color scheme of yellow, blue and soft orange in repeating masses. Along the south side of the house, the owner installed a crushed stone path, which leads through a mixture of pinks, oranges, purples, and blues. A large bluestone patio exists at the rear of the house where tropical plants in containers are set. A woodland garden is located at the end of the property.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: Robert Allison (former owner, 1950-1997); Bill Conwell (stoneworker, 1949-2006); Steve Gorry (carpenter, 2003); Matthew Harris (metalsmiths, 2004-2005); Eric Gay (gardener, 1999); James Duell (gardener, 2000-2003); and Caroline Eells (gardener, 2003-2004).
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The folder includes a work sheet and site plan.
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