United States of America, New Hampshire, Hillsborough County, Hancock
Skatutakee Farm (Hancock, New Hampshire)
The oldest farmhouse in Hancock, New Hampshire, built in 1776, is surrounded by the gardens as well as the contemporary features at Skatutakee Farm. Two acres of the 3000 acre property comprise the ornamental, woodlands, herb and vegetable gardens, which the owner began developing circa 1985. There also are older foundation plantings on the property, including a rose bed and smoke bush, and a grove of ancient lilacs. Contemporary features include a kitchen wing on the old house with a koi pond next to it and a post-modern wing with a balcony and spiral staircase. A smaller house, added circa 1939, stands between the original farmhouse and the post-modern wing.
Stone walls and original boulders punctuate the property. Cranberries are grown in the rock garden next to the koi pond, which was designed by landscape architect Barbara Watson in 1989. A colorful perennial border and a white woodlands border were designed by landscape architect Diane Kostial McGuire in 1989. Two beds of herbs are planted near the kitchen wing, and a large vegetable garden grows alongside the barn. There is a folly in the woodlands that has ancient stones as well as a headless statue.
Varieties of old roses on the property include Rosa Mundi, Rosa Damascena Bifera, Cuisse de Nymphe, Madame Hardy and Cardinal Richelieu.
Persons associated with the garden include Jonathon Bennett (former owner and builder of the farmhouse, 1776-?); Mssrs. Felch (former owners, 1903); Dr. Lloyd Vernon Briggs (former owner, 1903-1951); Lloyd Cabot Briggs (former owner, 1951-1966); Michael Young (former owner, 1966); Diane Kostial McGuire (landscape architect, 1989); Barbara Watson (landscape architect, 1989); Stuart White (architect, 1986); Daniel Scully (architect, 2006).
The folder includes worksheets and a photocopy of an article.