United States of America, Maryland, Queen Anne's County, Centreville
Reed Creek Farm (Centreville, Maryland)
Reed Creek Farm is a historic property comprised of 190 acres with an 18th century Colonial mansion site located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The walled garden, designed by former owner Marcia R. Simmons along with landscape architect Barbara Paca (ASLA), complements the style of the house and was inspired by the gardens at Hadspen, an 18th century country estate in England. The color scheme emphasizes apricot and periwinkle flowers using plant material appropriate to the location. A tall brick wall and gates designed by Philip Logan protect the garden from strong winds off the Chesapeake Bay and keep animals out. Work was started in 2000 by defining geometric flower beds that are connected by goosefoot paths. The beds are planted in perennial and annual flowers, including lilies, lavender, crocosmia, scabiosa, hibiscus, peonies and roses. Flowers and flowering shrubs are planted densely in the beds to create an English cottage garden effect and to reduce the intrusion of weeds.
The walled garden extends from one side of the main house and two formal kitchen gardens hedged with boxwood sit in front of the house. A folly outside the walled garden was built from soil that was removed to install French drains, and was planted with lavender and poppies along a winding path that leads to a curved bench at the summit. The view from the folly includes Chesapeake Bay and the agricultural fields and orchards that comprise the rest of the property.
Former owner and garden designer Marcia R. Simmons (d. 2006) was interred in the garden wall. The garden is being maintained in her memory.
Landscape designer Barbara Paca owns the design firm Preservation Green; architect Philip Logan works at the firm.
Persons associated with the garden include Solomon Wright (1655-1717, patented and surveyed land, 1685); Colonel Thomas Wright (builder of house, circa 1775); members of the Wright family (former owners, 1685 -1960); Bradford Smith family (former owners, 1960-1996); Marcia and Raymond Simmons (former owners, 1996-2004); Barbara Paca, PhD., ASLA (landscape architect, 1999-present); Philip Logan (designer of wall and gate, 1999-2000); Marcia R. Simmons (garden designer, 1999-2006); Jeff Beall (caretaker of garden, 1986-present).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles and books concerning the house and property's colonial history, and an article and write-up of the current garden's history.
This property is featured in "Maryland's Colonial Eastern Shore," edited by Swepson Earle and Percy G. Skirven, published in 1916; "Early Manor and Plantation Houses of Maryland," by H. Chandlee Forman, revised second edition published in 1982; "Homes of the Cavaliers," by Katherine Scarborough, originally published in 1930 and reprinted in 1969; "Queen Anne's County, Maryland: Its Early History and Development," by Frederic Emory, originally published in 1886-1887 and reprinted in 1981; "Colonial Families and their Descendants," by Mary Burke Emory published in 1900; "Reed Creek Farm," by Kessler Burnett, published in Southern Accents magazine July/August 2009, pp.110-115