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The Hemlocks, 2008

Garden designer:
Algrem, Daniel
Merton, Vickie
Former owner:
Spencer, Thomas M.
Physical description:
1 folder+ 18 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Massachusetts, Berkshire County, Lenox
The Hemlocks (Lenox, Massachusetts)
Located on five plus acres, this dramatic, plunging mountainside rock garden was started in 1994. The property was approximately three acres when purchased in 1992 from Thomas M. Spencer with an additional two plus acres purchased in 1993.
With foresight and imagination, garden designers Vickie Merton and Daniel Algrem created this garden. On the north side of the house is the entrance road to the property. Once muddy, it was made into a gently curving gravel driveway with a turnaround. Selective ground-hugging plants, small flowering shrubs and dwarf dogwood trees nestle among the rock outcroppings there, with ferns and hostas abutting a flagstone terrace and house entrance. The south side of the house has a large deck with vistas of a swampy area of bog growth to distant mountains and overlooks the extensive gardens below. Steps lead from the deck to curving gravel paths that meander downward through lush beds of shade-loving and sun-loving plants, dwarf shrubs, many varieties of creeping ground covers, some flowering and others in varying shades of green. It ends when the land becomes precipitously steep. Here, the treetops take over and provides variable colors and textures that frame the views in all seasons.
Persons associated with the garden include: Thomas M. Spencer (former owner, 1985-1989); Vickie Merton (garden designer, 1994), Daniel Algrem (garden designer, 1994).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information.
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Archives of American Gardens

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