First planted in 1984, this small (1/3 acre), friendly garden is located on a winding little street in the midst of the many manicured and pristine gardens and lawns of University Park, directly across from the Dallas Country Club. It complements the site's Cape Cod-Norman French hybrid gray-shingled cottage with wide covered front porch, grey shingles, and blue shutters. Taking advantage of the east exposure in order to combat the wilting heat of Dallas summers, the design provides color year-round and features casual flower beds with a variety of heights, textures, and colors. The garden is famous for its spectacular display of blue hydrangeas, specimen trees, flowering trees, bulbs, perennials, annuals, and what its owner calls "old-fashioned flowers." Two large flower beds anchor the corners of the front yard. The arbor-covered back porch enables the owners and their guests to enjoy looking out on a small circular lawn and an adorable garden house. It reflects the encouragement that legendary gardener Rosemary Verey gave the owner during her two visits to the garden to plant more flowering vines for "vertical color."
Persons associated with the site include Rodger Burson (architect); Rosa Finsley (landscape architect); John Morelock (plantsman); Carl Neels (landscape architect and plantsman, 1990 to date); and Roberto Gonzalez (gardener, 1996 to date).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans with plant names, copies of articles about the garden, and additional information provided by the garden owner.
Garden has been featured in Dallas-Fort Worth Home & Garden (September 1986), cover and pp. 54-57
Garden has been featured in Becky Winn, "Gardener's Diary," D Home (May/June 2005), pp. 154-158