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Bentley Garden, 1987-2008

Garden designer:
Elizabeth Kidwell Design
Columbine Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 24 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Arizona, Maricopa County, Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley
Bentley Garden (Paradise Valley, Arizona)
Evolving since 1983, this garden currently features eight whimiscal animal topiaries carved out of enormous hedges of mock orange, jojoba and oleander. A collection of large cacti is located at the entrance of the house as well as containers of cactus and succulents on iron etageries. Yellow oleander bushes, violet-flowering jacaranda trees and and eighteen year-old Bombax tree provide shade for the potted plants in the summer season. Totem Pole cactus, Golden Barrel cactus and Blue Myrtillus Montrosa cactus are some of the plants featured in the rear garden. In one corner of the rear garden is a bronze sculpture of a young girl playing two flutes under old olive trees with wedelia, and blue plumbago planted all around her. A wall mural and fountains decorate the patio area. Plant specimens have been carefully identifed by their Latin and common names on labels.
Persons associated with this property include: Henry Wicks (former owner, 1939-1946); John Adams (former owner, 1946-1950); Ronald Byers and Sylvia Burns Byers (former owner, 1950-1956); Bruce Irwin (former owner, 1956-1969); Pheonix Symphony Association (gift of Bruce Irwin, c. 1969); Arthur Bernhardt (former owner, 1969-1971); Donald Scott (former owner, 1971-1983); Robert Evans (builder, 1937); Elizabeth Kidwell (interior designer and garden designer) and Ignacio Rivero (gardener).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, photocopies of articles about the project, and other information.
This garden was featured in: "The Bernhards: new life in an old house," Arizona Republic Sun Living, February 21, 1971. The Very Best of Phoenix Magazine, December, 2005. "A New Look for an Old Adobe," Phoenix Magazine, January 1971. "Rooted in Time," Phoenix Home & Garden, February, 2003. "The Secret Gardens," The Arizona Republic, April 5, 1998
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Archives of American Gardens

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