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Low Garden, 1964

Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel 1911-2000
Former owner:
Low, Donald Mrs.
Physical description:
1 folder+ 24 contact prints; 2 film transparencies
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, New Jersey, Bergen County, Englewood
New Jersey
Low Garden (Englewood, New Jersey)
Designed by Alice Recknagel Ireys, this was obviously one of her favorite gardens, for it appeared on the front of the dust jacket of her 1967 book. Mrs. Donald Low was the owner of this property, which featured the extensive use of stone in both house and garden walls. Behind the high stone wall separating the garden from the driveway Ireys created a spacious informal setting for a variety of trees and shrubs as well as perennials and a lawn. The dust jacket illustration (reproduced inside the book as well) showed part of the garden in early spring with its bleeding hearts, Virginia bluebells, and primroses under a flowering cherry. Brick and natural surface paths wound through the site; boxwood was used extensively as a border. A stone garden house and statue of St. Francis added decorative touches, while seating near the house and in other locations provided ample opportunity for relaxation and contemplation of this lovely garden.
The folder includes worksheets and other information.
Garden has been featured in Alice Recknagel Ireys, How to Plan and Plant Your Own Property (New York: M. Barrows & Company, Inc., distributed by William Morrow & Co., Inc., 1967), cover, unpaged insert, and pp. 151 and 164
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Archives of American Gardens

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