United States of America, New Jersey, Morris County, Chatham
Lagos Garden (Chatham, New Jersey)
The Lagos Garden features dwarf and standard conifers, an ornamental deer fence, and rock borders around the perennial beds that reference an old stone foundation in the woodland garden at the back of the property. A low bluestone wall along the front of the one-acre lot, which slopes towards the street, contains a border of dwarf conifers and broad-leaf evergreens. Bluestone is used again for steps that lead up to the woodlands. There are terraced perennials beds in the lawn behind one side of the house and a large bed of dwarf conifers, a dwarf Japanese maple, and shade perennials also edged with rocks on the other side. A red brick patio picks up the dull red siding of the barn, and the Adirondack chairs on the patio are painted slate blue to coordinate with the bluestone. The property is slightly less than one acre and the garden has been developing since 1973 so trees planted by the owner now are full sized, including a tulip tree, maples, flowering cherries and dogwood, red buds and a clump birch.
Specimen trees in the Lagos Garden include dwarf Alberta spruce, dwarf Japanese maple, dwarf Japanese cedar (cryptomeria Japonica), umbrella pine, weeping hemlock and weeping beech. Benches are placed around the garden for viewing from different angles. The dwarf conifer garden has a variety of foliage colors and textures. Fallen leaves are left in place in the woodlands garden as their brown color contrasts with the green of growing plants.
The deer fence adds a decorative element to the garden and has a wide double gate for easy access. The neighboring property installed a white architectural fence for climbing roses that is behind a bed of specimen trees in the Lagos Garden.
Persons associated with the garden include Helen and Dave Wallis (former owners, 1958-1973); Joan Kran (garden designer, 1973-present).
The folder includes worksheets and an article.
This property is featured in "For Private Blossoms, It's a Day to Go Public" by Margo Nash, published in The New York Times, June 9, 2002