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Wildflower Farm, 1906-2007

Garden designer and former owner:
Fisher, Laura
Garden designer:
Lyman, Hitch
Former owner:
Howe, Henry Marion 1848-1922
Gardener:
Perez, Salvador
Perez, Erick
Architects:
Babb, Cook & Welch
Provenance:
Bedford Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 13 film transparencies; 7 photographic prints
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New York, Bedford County, Bedford, Bedford Hills
New York
Bedford Hills
Wildflower Farm (Bedford Hills, New York)
Date:
1906
1906-2007
Notes:
Located in Westchester County, Wildflower Farm's comparatively new (since 1995) garden complements its century-old house surrounded by mature trees. Its design, including hardscaping, was carefully planned to unify the land with the house, for example by using hedges and shrubs to provide a transitional level to the landscape between the house and the trees. Several smaller gardens are situated throughout the nearly 20-acre site, among them a parterre (near the Classical Revival porch on the eastern side of the house), a peony garden, a rhododendron enclave, a Japanese-inspired azalea garden, and the studio garden, located outside the owner's design studio. Less formal features include a vegetable garden, cutting gardens, and an old apple orchard. Dogwoods, magnolias, sycamores, and Camperdown elms are but a few of the trees that are found throughout the property. The entire design and execution capitalizes on beautiful woodland views and the strong presence of the stone house. In addition to contemporary (2007) photographs of the garden, the file includes six copy prints made from images originally taken ca. 1906-1909, showing construction and early landscaping of the house.
Persons and firms associated with the site include Laura Fisher (creator of the garden and former owner, 1995-2007), Hitch Lyman (garden designer, 1995-2007); Babb, Cook & Welch (architects, 1906); Henry Marion Howe (former owner, 1906-1920); and Salvador and Erick Perez (gardeners, 1995 to date).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, a detailed description of the garden (including plant names), copies of articles about the garden, and other information.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Page Dickey, Inside Out: Relating Garden and House (New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2000)
Garden has been featured in Stephen Orr, "A Fine Weave," House & Garden (June 2003)
Garden has been featured in Lynn Hazlewood, "Where the Wildflowers Are . . . Not," Westchester Magazine's Home & Garden (Spring 2005), pp. 88-93+
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NY642000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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