United States of America, Mississippi, Washington County, Greenville
Cunningham Garden (Greenville, Mississippi)
This garden, named for the family that has owned it since the late 1950s, had an earlier incarnation as the Wineman Garden, which was at its peak from the 1920s through the 1940s. The earlier garden was designed by landscape architect Paul Mueller around 1919 and featured pergolas, arbors, a waterlily pool, abundant roses, and spring bulbs. A large pond was eventually filled in while other elements were lost. A large arbor, walkway, and rectangular beds remain in the current garden, which was designed by landscape architect Phillip Watson in 1997. The contemporary garden features mature trees including Ginkgo biloba and Quercus virginiana (live oak). A boxwood parterre surrounds a fountain and small pool. Another garden feature surviving from the Wineman era is a wisteria-covered pergola. A shade garden, cutting garden, vegetable garden, and lawn are complemented by a variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Paul L. Mueller (landscape architect, 1919); Phillip Watson (landscape architect, 1997); Phillip Watson Designs, Inc. (landscape architects, 1997); Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wineman (former owners, 1918-1956); and Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Cunningham, Jr. (former owners, 1958-1986).
The folders include worksheets, garden plans, photocopies of articles featuring the garden, narrative descriptions of the Wineman and Cunningham gardens, a plant list, and other information.
Garden has been featured in "Annual Greenville Festival Featuring City's Brilliant Gardens Opens on April 29," Memphis Commercial Appeal, March 26, 1939, Section III, p. 13
Garden has been featured in "On Gardening," Delta Democrat Times, April 15, 2001, p. C1
Garden has been featured in Charlotte B. Vincent, "Cunningham Wonderland," Delta Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2 (September/October 2005), pp. 126-127