United States of America, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Ambler
Forge Farm (Ambler, Pennsylvania)
Originally part of the Dawsfield plantation this property was divided into 15 acres of farmland and named Forge Farm in 1953. The first gardens were established in 1958. A portion of the farm was subsequently sold and. Forge Farm consists of 3.2 acres. There is a driveway leading to a courtyard with flagpole and Zelcova trees. Nearby is a boxwood garden with a sculpture by David Hostetler. Rose and herb gardens are located next to the house. Near the pool area is a Allen Harris sculpture of the goddess Diana with climbing 'New Dawn' roses. Dogwood trees and spring bulbs grace the northwest corner of the property along with perennial beds. The woodland garden at the back of the property serves as the backdrop for the birding garden which features birdhouses, feeders and birch trees with many seasonal bird attracting plants. A stucco-tree lined wall borders the west side of the property. The east side has a barn and Juniper hedge tunnel leading to vegetable gardens where fruit trees, roses, strawberries and vegetables grow. Next to the garden is a pasture for sheep to graze.
Persons associated with the garden and site include: C. Mahlon Kline (former owner, 1946-1967), Charles H. Gale, (landscape architect, 1983-1998), Charles H. Gale, Jr., (landscape designer 1983-present), David Hostetler (sculptor) and Allen Harris (sculptor).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans and other information.
This garden was featured in: "Gale Nurseries, Four Generations of Garden Excellence" by Adam Levine and "Gardens Private and Personal" by Bonnie Martin