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The Catone Garden, 1991-2009

Landscape architect:
Pitkin, William, Jr.
Mott, Seward
Garden designer:
Totten, Lindsay Bond
Former owner:
Arnott, Charles F
Buchanan, John G
Architects:
Ingham & Boyd 1927-1928
Provenance:
Garden Club of Allegheny County
Physical description:
1 folder+ 18 digital images, 4 reference digital images + 2 reference photographic prints
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh
The Catone Garden (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1991
1991-2009
Notes:
The Catone Garden had deteriorated when the current owners had it cleared in 1986 and uncovered its intricacies. In 1927 landscape architects William Pitkin, Jr. and Seward H. Mott laid out the design for the three-quarter acre property, and the original hardscape, including brick walls and walks and an excedrae with a pond and fountain, still remain. Pittsburgh architects Charles Ingham and William Boyd installed an arched tunnel between the house and garage that heightens the drama of entering the side garden. Garden borders alongside the sizable rectangular lawn in the main garden directly behind the house are bisected by brick paths, which lead to less formal side gardens, including a cutting garden and a rock garden. Two boxwood topiaries of a tortoise and a hare have been maintained.
The owners have added 50 disease-resistant varieties of roses, broken up the linear perennial borders in the formal garden with asymmetrical swaths of color, added a cutting garden in raised beds along a new rock wall, and are growing vegetables in raised beds. Mature trees such as sweet bay magnolia, Norway maple and hawthorne from the original landscape shade the property. Perennial flowers and shrubs, such as daylilies, roses, rhododendrons and peonies were found growing on the property and were retained.
Persons associated with the garden include Charles Ingham & William Boyd (architects, 1927-1928); William Pitkin, Jr. & Seward H. Mott, Inc. (landscape architects of original garden, circa 1927); Charles F. Arnott (former owner, 1927-1928); John G. Buchanan (former owner, 1936-1986); Lindsay Bond Totten (garden designer).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
Publications:
This property is featured in "Whirl" magazine, May 2004; "Pittsburgh H&G" magazine, fall 2006; "Secret Gardens" by Mary Brignano published in "Pittsburgh" magazine, May 1988; "The Garden in Winter" photographic essay by Steve Mellon published in the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" on December 25, 2004
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA684000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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