United States of America, Virginia, Albemarle County
Tallwood (Albemarle County, Virginia)
Tallwood refers to the yews (planted circa 1746), great oaks, holly and tulip poplars that were on the portion of the Enniscorthy tract given circa 1800 to Tucker Coles and his wife Helen Skipwirth Coles. The original purchaser of 4,960 acres of land, circa 1730 to 1747, was John Coles, who divided his property among his four sons. Helen Coles designed the garden at Tallwood in the English style, circa 1804, with the assistance of an English gardener. The garden included hedges of box, crepe myrtle, lilac, and mock orange to the south and west, with yews to the north. The Federal-style house is approached through a winding avenue of tulip poplars. Fronted by lawn, the east side of the house was planted in flower beds and borders divided by grass walks, with more vegetable (kitchen garden) beds behind.
The garden was rejuvenated in the 1930s by Mr. and Mrs. Louis and Caroline E. Chauvenet, Jr. who then owned the property.
Other plantings include a Japanese lemon hedge, a hydrangea of great size and age, famous roses, and fences covered in trumpet vine, clematis, and honeysuckle vines that separate the flower and vegetable gardens.
Persons associated with the garden include Tucker Coles and Helen Skipworth Coles (former owners and garden designer, 1804) and Mr. and Mrs. Louis and Caroline E. Chauvenet, Jr. (former owners, 1930s).
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
The garden is featured in the Gardens of Colony and State (1934) published by the Garden Club of America, p. 106-109