United States of America, Massachusetts, Berkshire County, Stockbridge
Kaiserhof (Stockbridge, Massachusetts)
This 19-acre site was established as an orchard in the early 1700s by the Carter family and remained a working farm until after World War II. Former owner James C. Carter built the brick Federal-style house in 1830, which was restored by the current owners, who acquired the property in the early 1980s. New landscaping was also undertaken. Stone walls, heirloom 19th-century apple trees, fields, and lawns were incorporated in the design and connect the various gardens as well as the present to the past. A variety of plantings, from tree and herbaceous peonies to smokebush, mock orange, and hydrangea grace the terrace gardens, while summer gardens feature several varieties of helianthus. The park-like setting is complemented by mature trees and additional older heirloom buildings, such as a late 18th-century blacksmith house now restored as a guest house. The overall effect highlights and enhances the natural topography, history, and beauty of the land and the surrounding Berkshire Hills.
Persons associated with the site include Helga S. Orthofer (landscape designer and photographer, late 1980s to date) and James C. Carter (former owner, 1830).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information.