United States of America, New Jersey, Morris County, Madison
Campion Gardens (Madison, New Jersey)
The earliest plantings at Campion Gardens, mature trees along the property lines including a European cut leaf birch and a pin oak, predate the 1950 construction of the Georgian Colonial house designed by Drake and Totthill Associates. Since that time the one and one-tenth acre property has been planted with a lavish 50-foot long peony bed at the front of the house, another long curving flower bed planted with ornamental grasses, perennial flowers and annual petunias, a boxwood knot garden for herbs, and foundation plantings of flowers and shrubs. The unique potting shed, sunroom and west wing of the house were added in the 1990s, designed by architect Patrick J. Burke.
There are three brick patios and brick walkways on the property, with a cinder path edged with mature hydrangeas leading to a secret garden behind the potting shed, to be enjoyed from a Chippendale-style bench. Landscape architect Brigitte M. Burke has worked on the property periodically since 1990, adding two small round brick patios, the flower beds on the north side of the house, the herbal knot garden, and a small entrance garden at the front door of the house comprised of a semi-circle of boxwoods with seasonal plantings of annual flowers.
The peony border near the front door is planted with 40 varieties of peonies mixed with iris, roses, candytuft, lilies, Shasta daisies, and the groundcover lamium. As flower beds around the patios became shaded hydrangeas replaced roses, and as deer encroached on the property ferns replaced hostas.
Persons associated with the garden include Drake and Totthill Associates (architects and engineers, 1950); Patrick J. Burke (architect for additions to house and potting shed, 1990 and 1994); Brigitte M. Burke, CLA (landscape architect, 1990-2007).
The folder includes worksheets and planting lists.