United States of America, Illinois, Cook County, Winnetka
Robb Garden (Winnetka, Illinois)
This garden is an amalgam of designs by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates (hardscape) and Rocco Fiore & Sons (plant material), but is also akin to the design concepts of O. C. Simonds, an influential practitioner in the Winnetka area in the early 20th century. Located in an historic hickory and swamp oak grove, the garden is bordered by white pines, hemlock, and Norwegian spruce that provide privacy as well as a backdrop for garden vistas. The gardens are planned to be low maintenance and to have continual flowering throughout the growing season. Trees and shrubs include Norwegian maple, sugar maple, saucer magnolia, star magnolia, Japanese lilac, hawthorn, flowering crabapple, viburnum, hydrangea, forsythia, and witch hazel. Perennials, planted in a "quilt" pattern, include purple coneflower, rudbeckia, daylilies, roses, ornamental grasses, hosta, and astilbe.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Rocco Fiore & Sons (landscape architects, 1998 to date); Oehme, van Sweden & Associates (landscape architects, 1996); and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Campbell (former owners, 1966-1996).
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The Garden Guild of Winnetka facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes work sheets, copies of the Rocco Fiore & Sons landscape plan with plant lists, a copy of a biographical sketch of O. C. Simonds, and other information.
This garden was featured in Sheridan Road maagaine, Vol. 4, No. 5,, 2010
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