United States of America, Massachusetts, Bristol County, Westport
Armknecht Garden (Westport, Massachusetts)
Started circa 1990 when the house was built the Armknecht Garden overlooks a 500-acre pond that feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. The 3.3 acre property is enclosed by low stone walls that are bordered by shrubs. Four large patches of wildflowers are sited inside the walls, while closer to the house there are flower beds, three stands of fruit trees with spring bulbs and flowers planted below, a formal parterre boxwood and rose garden, and a long border planted along another stone wall that is parallel to the driveway.
The garden features an assortment of trees including paper bark, Japanese and sugar maples, Japanese snowbell, Serbian spruce, silk tree, corkscrew hazel, hawthorn, hollies and oak in addition to the small apple orchards. Interest in the tree collection has led to several tours of the Armknecht Garden conducted by The Garden Conservancy, the New England Wildflower Society, the Little Compton Garden Club and the Rare Plant Society of the Garden Clubs of America.
Persons associated with the garden include: Patty Wilde (garden designer, 1990); John Murphy (gardener, 1995-2008)