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Miles Garden, ca. 1964

Landscape architect:
Furlong, Ethelbert Ely d. 1993
Former owner:
Miles, Walter 1907-1999
Miles, Jessie
Architect:
Nakashima, George 1905-1990
Physical description:
1 folder+ 18 safety film negatives; 9 photographic prints
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Weston
Connecticut
Weston
Miles Garden (Weston, Connecticut)
Date:
1964
1964-1964
ca 1964
Notes:
This Japanese-style garden was designed by landscape architect Ethelbert E. Furlong for artist Walter Miles and his wife, Jessie, to complement their home, which in turn had been designed by noted architect and woodworker George Nakashima. Because Walter Miles wanted to install and maintain the garden himself, with as little help as possible, he modified Furlong's plan to some degree, while retaining the spirit of the design. Dry stream beds, a pavilion, a bamboo-roofed gatehouse, and irregularly shaped stones were some of the many features of the garden. Although Asian plant material was used extensively, non-Japanese plants such as as Blue Atlas cedar and a flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) were also selected. After leaving this house in 1971, Walter Miles built a second Japanese-style house and garden in Washington, Connecticut, where he lived until 1983.
Persons associated with the property include Ethelbert E. Furlong (landscape architect, ca. 1960); George Nakashima (architect, ca. 1950); and Walter and Jessie Miles (former owners, 1950-1971).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, a copy of an article about the garden with photographs by Molly Adams and a complete plant list, and other information.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Rhoda Specht Maxwell, "Mirror of the Orient," [Popular Gardening, November-December 1964?], pp. 28-31
Garden has been featured in "On Planting Neighborly Doorways," The New York Times, May 21, 1967
Garden has been featured in David Barrows, "37 Good Ideas for Your Garden," Home Garden (September 1967), p. 33
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CT317000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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