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Fairy Garden on Lemon Hill, 2011

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1 folder+ 2 photographic prints + 14 digital images
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Florida, Palm Beach County, Gulf Stream
Gulf Stream
Fairy Garden on Lemon Hill (Gulf Stream, Florida)
Most gardens come into their own when the plants grow and fill in spaces. The Fairy Garden on Lemon Hill is comprised of young plants and bonsai that are in scale with its miniature castle and other houses, fountain, stone walls, gates and furniture, and fairy figurines. The Fairy Garden occupies a ten foot by thirty foot space on a three acre property that takes its name from the Meyer lemon trees grown in the vicinity. The Fairy Garden is sited in a sheltered space seen from the resort colonial style house designed in the 1930s by architects Wyeth & King, and near the guest house and swimming pool. It is visited often by school and scout groups, and is a special project for the owner and her grandchildren. Created in 2007, the original inspirations were miniature gardens found in Ireland and in books.
Since the climate is tropical the Fairy Garden is laid out on mosses under the shade of overhanging lady and areca palm trees and croton. Bonsai in the garden include ficus, mimosa, juniper, spruce, and boxwood. Other plants used include many succulents, purple shamrock, dracaena marginata, mondo grass, red shrimp plant, sedum stonecrop, dianthus, bacopa, antherium and polka dot plant.
Persons associated with the property include Harold Johnson (former owner, 1939); William Wallace (former owner, 1986-1996); Marion Sims Wyeth and Frederic Rhinelander King, Wyeth & King (architects, 1930s).
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The Grass River Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of images, a chronology and other information.
This property is featured in "A Fairy Garden: Cultivating a Tiny Land of Enchantment" by Mary Jane Fine, published in The Coastal Star, May 2011
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Smithsonian Gardens, PO Box 37012, Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506, Washington, DC 20013-7012
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