United States of America, New Hampshire, Stafford County, Lee
Mountain View Garden (Alstead, New Hampshire)
Located on one hundred twenty acres, Mountain View's garden, first established in the 1930s, is developed on three of those acres. After consulting with landscape designers, Christian Fenderson and Gordon Hayward in 1975, the present owners decided to rely on their own talent and labor to resurrect the neglected landscape. They restored the walled perennial garden and made the original pond longer and narrower, adding an island and a bridge. A path curves down the hill from the house to the pond buttressed by stone walls and flanked on one side by roses and cutting gardens. Next to it, an arbor and fountain feature restored by artist and neighbor Bob Taylor, stands in the more formal gardens on the north side of the house. A white garden featuring woodland and shade plants borders the southwestern path to the guest cottage and frames one side of the pond. Several architectural elements have been added to the garden such as a copper heron sculpture by J. Donald Felix, a copper peacock statue, birdbaths, sundial, benches, fences, and a swing. The garden blooms from mid-April to mid-November with many well-chosen combinations of perennials and annuals that blend with the surrounding woods.
Persons associated with this property are: Gardner S. Shephard (former owner, ca. 1858-1892); Timothy Tufts (former owner, 1892-1905); Harry Wiggin Bennett (former owner, 1905-1952); Andasia R. Bennett (former owner, 1952-1964); Bob Taylor (artist and welder) and J. Donald Felix (artist).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, photocopies of articles about the project, and other information.
This garden was featured in the September 1992 article "Northern Exposure" published in Traditional Home Magazine and "Alstead Through the Years, 1763-1900," by Helen Fink, Alstead Historical Society, 1992