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78 Main Street, 2007

Former owner:
Coffin, Charles
Landscape architect:
Callaway, Paul Faulkner "Chip,"
Landscape designer:
Jordin, Julie
Landscape architects:
Callaway & Associates
Landscape designers:
The Garden Design Co.
Provenance:
Nantucket Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder + 17 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Massachusetts, Nantucket County, Nantucket
Massachusetts
Nantucket
78 Main Street (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
Date:
2007
2007-2007
Notes:
The 1834 Charles Coffin house is the site of this one-third acre garden in the center of Nantucket town. Surrounded by mature maple and elm trees that protect it from the island's harsh climate extremes, the garden features a formal front yard and a backyard that includes several garden "rooms." The front yard is enclosed by the original wheat sheaf fence found in the attic during a restoration, while the plant material is composed primarily of trimmed boxwood hedges in keeping with Coffin's conservative Quaker tradition. The backyard includes a large cutting garden on the west side of the house, while established hydrangeas, azaleas, rhododendrons, and hostas provide a border for the lawn and a backdrop for the pond. A period sunken garden features two 19th-century statues flanking the steps and opposing camelback sofas created out of boxwood. A twisted steel gazebo hides underneath wisteria in a shady back corner.
Persons and firms associated with the property include: Charles Coffin (former owner, ca. 1830s); Paul Faulkner "Chip" Callaway and Callaway & Associates (landscape architects, 2000-2002); and Julie Jordin and The Garden Design Co. (landscape designers, 2004-2006).
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The Nantucket Garden Club of Nantucket, Massachusetts, facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, garden plans, a description of the garden by Julie Jordin, a tree and shrub list, and detailed historical information (including photocopies of public documents) about the property.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in George Allen Fowlkes, A Mirror of Nantucket, An Architectural History of The Island, 1686-1850 (Plainfield, NJ, 1959), pp. 76-79
Garden has been featured in Clay Lancaster, The Architecture of Historic Nantucket (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1972), pp. 108-111
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Gardens, PO Box 37012, Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506, Washington, DC 20013-7012
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MA095000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_280231

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