United States of America, Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Broadview Heights
Ruth & Don's Garden at Braemar Farm (Broadview Heights, Ohio)
Ruth & Don's half-acre garden surrounds the old farmhouse on their 36-acre Braemar Farm property, which was established in 1853. The garden was started in 1963 with the decision to maintain the original farmland and woodlands guided by a plan from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service). Additional acres of conifers and other trees were planted, old diseased weeping willow trees were removed, low sandstone walls and foundation plantings were added, and three additions were made to the house. In 1989 the owners worked with The Connelly Landscaping Company to add structure to the garden by using hardscaping made of brick, sandstone found on the property, and wood to define garden rooms, accommodate sloping terrain, and create spaces for outdoor living. A small stone pond houses frogs and goldfish, an old millstone is at the center of an herb garden, and a large stone well cover found on the property is used as a landing for a set of stairs.
The garden's style is informal English with three deep borders planted with perennials, foliage, and grasses, shrubs and trees. There is a vegetable garden on the edge of the agricultural sector, near one of the two old barns on the property. The ornamental plants provide continuous color throughout the growing season, views from every window of the house, and meet the owners' desire to reduce maintenance. The owner is a trustee of the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Persons associated with the garden include Alfred and Ann Wiltshire and members of the Wiltshire family (former owners, 1853 - 1949); Lester and Jesse Hanck (former owners, 1949 - 1963); Ed Connelly, The Connelly Landscaping Company (landscape designer, circa 1990).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles, and a write-up of the garden.