United States of America, Ohio, Montgomery County, Dayton
Houk Garden, The (Dayton, Ohio)
Located on a three acre lot, this property features woodland gardens with plantings of native trees, shrubs, bulbs and wildflowers that provide habitat for wildlife and woodchip paths for strolling. The mature trees on the property were incorporated into the overall garden design and wood from fallen trees have been used to build walls, seating and other garden structures. A lily pond near the arts and crafts style bungalow provides habitat for fish and frogs as well as aquatic plants. A fenced kitchen garden has vegetables, herbs, and a perennial cutting garden is planted in raised beds, and includes a rose arbor.
Groves of dogwoods, birches and evergreens and a native prairie garden were planted to provide privacy from neighboring properties and to screen unsightly areas (compost bins and a chain link fence). The woodland gardens and perennial borders celebrate the four seasons through an ongoing display of color and varied texture, starting with flowering trees, shrubs and bulbs in spring, which transition to colorful perennials in summer, late blooming perennials in fall, and the textural interest of many varieties of trees and shrubs in winter. The garden is an ongoing project, taking into account concerns about organic growing, climate change, conservation, xeriscaping, local sourcing of food, and deer predations.
Persons associated with the property include Habitat Creations (landscape designers 1999-2000).
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The Garden Club of Dayton facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
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