This 50-acre Pennsylvania farm has a colorful garden with large perennial beds and borders, designed, planted and maintained by the owner. The 1803 farm house was owned by members of the Hess family from the time it was built until 1966. The property features open vistas of the fields and woodlands, and is sympathetic to the informality of the farm by incorporating wildflowers in planted beds. Two ponds on the property used for swimming and fishing also support irrigation systems for the gardens.
A split rail fence planted with day lilies borders the long gravel driveway, which leads to a shaded parking area. There are seven older outbuildings on the property; one is now used for a horticultural library. Dwarf shrubs are mixed with perennials in a 75x25 foot border, which is separated by an electric fence from horse and cattle pastures. Animal sculptures are featured in some plantings.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include Mary B. Hopkins (garden design consultant, 1966 to present); Grace Feola (student garden assistant, 1990 to present).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information about the house and garden.