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McKnight Garden, 2003-2006

Former owner:
Bickel, W. Forman d. 1986
Bickel, Florence Croft d. 1989
Architect:
Smith, Brandon
Landscape architect:
Stiles, Ezra C.
Devore, Diane
Gardener:
Shirey, Ed
Provenance:
Garden Club of Allegheny County
Physical description:
1 folder + 15 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh
McKnight Garden (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Date:
2003
2003-2006
Notes:
Located in the Fox Chapel section of Pittsburgh, the varied gardens of this site surround a Tudor home dating to the 1920s. Little remains of the original landscape design by Ezra C. Stiles. However, although the gardens have been redesigned and reinvigorated within the last 10 years they remain in perfect harmony with their historic setting. Attached to the house is a walled garden (the "Drying Garden") that started life as an enclosed laundry yard, but now features brick-paved paths and plantings of fragrant perennials, shrubs, peonies, and old-fashioned roses. A courtyard whose walls are covered with climbing roses and clematis features a sunny side planted with a variety of shrubs, perennials, and more roses, while its shady side is filled with ostrich ferns, hosta, hellebores, and rhododendron. Theme gardens include a "Yellow and Blue" garden planted in a fieldstone terrace, with added burgundy and pink. The "Blue and White" garden located on the west end of the house is filled with campanulas, buddleia, roses, lilies, and delphiniums. On the lower level is a garden area planted with tea roses and modern single peony hybrids.
Persons associated with the garden include W. Forman and Florence Croft Bickel (former owners, 1928-1957); Brandon Smith (architect, 1928); Ezra C. Stiles (landscape architect, 1930s); Diane Devore (landscape architect, 2000); and Ed Shirey (gardener, 2000 to date).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, a photocopy of an aerial image of the property from around 1930, detailed historical information about the property and its former owners, a photocopied article about the garden, and additional information.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in "Lawn, Field and View are Linked in These Gardens," House and Garden (November 1949)
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA140000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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