Doe Run was the home/horse farm/garden of Sir John and Lady Esther (duPont) Thouron. Once known as "Glencoe," it was renamed by Sir John, who was an internationally renowned plantsman and the first to produce a clear yellow clivia. Development of the gardens, which encompassed about 15 acres of the 220-acre estate, began around 1960. Inspired by memories of his native Scotland, Sir John transformed open fields into a series of individual areas including an Alpine rock garden, water features, and English-style cottage gardens (albeit somewhat larger than those associated with the typical cottage). One highlight was a broad, 75-foot-long stone path flanked by herbaceous borders. There were also several greenhouses with orchids and flowers. Unusual plants, such as scarlet willows, a special variety of sweet bay, and new rhododendrons, were acquired from a variety of exotic and foreign sources, including Sir Peter Hutchison's 1978 expedition to China. Sir John passed away in 2007 (Lady Esther had preceded him in 1984). The property was sold in 2008.
Persons associated with the property include Sir John Thouron (former owner and plantsman, ca. 1960-2007) and Lady Esther duPont Thouron (former owner, ca. 1960-1984).
The folders include worksheets, a site plan, copies of articles about the garden, photocopies of correspondence, and additional information about Sir John Thouron and the property.
Garden has been featured in Lillian R. Kohn, "Gardens: Spring Tapestry of Color: English Landscaping in Pennsylvania," Architectural Digest, May 1983, pp. 122-127
Garden has been featured in Anne S. Cunningham, "Three Perennial Gardens: How They Do It," The Green Scene, July 1984
Garden has been featured in Thomas Christopher, "Scotland on the Brandywine," Horticulture, April 1989, pp. 44-57
Garden has been featured in Hugh Best, "The Enchanting Gardens of Sir John Thouron," Main Line: The Western Suburbs Magazine, March 1990, pp. 22-24+
Garden has been featured in "Doe Run," Garden Club of American Bulletin, February 1991, pp. 2-5
Garden has been featured in Tovah Martin, "Sir John's Garden: Doe Run's Proud Roots," Victoria, June 1994, pp. 72-75