United States of America, Ohio, Franklin County, Columbus
Woodland Garden (Columbus, Ohio)
Situated in the Sessions Village area of Columbus, the house and garden on this .36 acre site were completely renovated in 1998. The house was originally constructed by a local builder in the 1950s; the renovation created a formal façade, an entry courtyard of parterres, a semi-sheltered patio living area, and a woodland garden. The layout of the lot and the separation of the various areas make this unique combination of styles work. The tiered courtyard is a study in symmetry with a balanced placement of elements, boxwood parterres, and well-placed verticals of the trees. A narrow side path is typical of the Sessions Village neighborhood and serves as a transition area between the formal entry and the next part of the garden. Some of the same plant material is used in this area as in the formal entry, but in an informal style, while the gate entirely closes off the view. The informal area features a family outdoor living/entertaining space with seating and mixed plantings adjacent to the house. It opens to an expanse of lawn, trees, and naturalized plantings. Spring is the peak season for this section of the garden with a proliferation of bluebells, an array of wild flowers,tulips, and a lawn sprinkled with spring beauties.
Persons associated with the property include John G. Reiner (landscape architect, nurseryman,1998); William J. Riat (architect, 1998); Webster L. Davis (former owner, 1956-1969); and Dorleskia M. Davis (former owner, 1968-1997).
There is additional documentation of other gardens in Sessions Village. See OH226000, OH230000-233000, and OH235000.
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information.