United States of America, Kansas, Johnson County, Mission Hills
Teckel Hall (Mission Hills, Kansas)
Begun in 1986 as a memorial to the owner's grandmother, Teckel Hall's garden complements a house built in 1929. A private refuge to enjoy nature and her seasons, the garden is planted for three main thrusts--spring bulbs in April, iris and peonies in May, and daylilies and hollyhocks in June. Approaching the garden from the street, one is flanked by a white crabapple allée, home to robin, dove, and cardinal nests, and underplanted with Narcissus triandus 'Thalia'. A weathered gate crowned with 'New Dawn' roses opens into a small boxwood and pea gravel parterre. From here a yew walk leads past a stately maple to a massive cast-iron urn, beyond which a mown path traces the way to a vegetable and cutting garden. Next appears a small prairie meadow of oxeye daisies, Queen Anne's lace, asters, and goldenrod. A lone 150-year-old Burr Oak stands proudly in its midst. The house and garden create a mood and speak with one voice, linked by the dictates of geometry and structure.
Persons associated with the site include Edward W. Tanner (architect, 1929); William and Sally Oliver (former owners, before 1986); and William and Bea Haw (former owners, before 1986).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, a plant list, and other information.