United States of America, California, Napa County, Saint Helena
Spottswoode (St. Helena, California)
This estate and winery in the Napa Valley has a rich history dating to the early 19th century, when it was part of an 1841 Mexican land grant to Eduardo Bale. Spottswoode was named by an early 20th-century owner, Mrs. Albert T. Spotts, although between 1908 and 1910 the property had been called "Lyndenhurst" by its then-owner, Dr. George P. Allen. It has now been in the same family since the early 1970s and the gardens reflect its historical heritage as well as new design and planting undertaken since that time. Native oaks are complemented by date and other palms, as well as a host of other trees, such as redwoods, citrus, and lindens. Stone terraces, perennial and rose beds, a vegetable garden, and other features highlight the property. Lying adjacent to the estate's vineyards and winery, the gardens incorporate many countryside vistas, including the surrounding hills. The Spottswoode Winery website provides additional information about Spottswoode's history as well as images and a virtual tour of the estate and gardens.
Persons associated with the property include: George Schonewald (former owner, ca. 1883); Dr. George P. Allen (former owner, 1908-1910); Mrs. Albert T. Spotts (former owner, 1910-1930); and Zueletta Bellani (former owner, 1937-1967).
The folder includes worksheets, detailed historical information about the property, a narrative garden description and details about garden components, a real estate brochure from ca. 1910, a photocopy of an article featuring the garden, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Rollene Saal, "A Gracious Grilled Feast," Food & Wine (March 1993), pp. 62-63+