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Graham Garden, 2007

Former owner:
Manogue, Edith
Memphis Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 10 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis
Graham Garden (Memphis, Tennessee)
This intimate patio garden on less than one-tenth of an acre reflects the background and interests of its Anglophile owners. An abundance of fine English containers in every size and design contain a plethora of plants, yet each is always suitable to the style they have established. It is these containers and the mellow, worn, warm furnishings that are the first inspiration for the plants that are chosen. Numerous seating and dining areas provide a distinct view making the space appear far larger than its dimensions. Several mature trees, the tall brick walls that enclose the property, and other features were in place when the current owners arrived in 2005. Lower terraced walls defining planting areas and surfaces for the many garden artifacts were also there but were soon enhanced by the magical layering of containers and plantings. A water feature provides more variety, as do the many creative touches. Granite tabletops, wooden benches, antique iron benches and chairs, a replica of an old church serving as a birdhouse, Victorian era urns and orbs, a plaque of the Prince of Wales' Feathers, and even a mounted deer head all happily co-exist with magnolias, viburnum, hosta, sedum, lace-cap hydrangeas, and many other plants. In short, this is both a pleasing and fascinating space.
Persons associated with the site include Edith Manogue (former owner, 1974-2005).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, a copy of an article about the garden, and additional information.
Garden has been featured in Memphis: The City Magazine, July 2006, pp. 26-27
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Archives of American Gardens

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