Carriage House Garden in Old Town (Alexandria, Virginia)
A walled formal garden in the English style was designed to complement the 1801 carriage house which retains its original façade and carriage doors, comprising less than an acre in an urban neighborhood. The garden is entered through a wrought iron gate next to a hedge of Nellie Stevens holly trees that provide privacy from the street. The other three sides of the garden are enclosed by high brick walls, including the neighbor's abutting wall draped with a massive trumpet vine. An allée of hornbeam trees under planted with perennial geraniums borders the brick walk that leads to the front door which is shaded by a rose arbor. The enclosed garden receives moderate sun and includes century-old boxwood, oak leaf hydrangeas, winter blooming camellias, a variegated Japanese maple, a bed of spirea, ferns, a European beech tree, and hellebores.
The Carriage House Garden in Old Town has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, received a local civic beautiful award in 2006, and has been opened to the public for Virginia's historic garden week on two occasions.
Persons associated with the garden include John Burke (former owner, 19thc.); Anita Barnes (former owner until 1989); Florence Everts (ASLA) (landscape architect, 1990); Robert Holland (garden designer, 1990-1991); Harry Braswell (addition to house, 1991)