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McGuire Garden, 1957-1965

Landscape architect:
Wheeler, Perry H. 1914-1989
Former owners:
McGuire, E. Perkins Mr. Mrs.
Physical description:
2 folders+ 11 slides (photographs); 2 film transparencies
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, District of Columbia, Washington
Washington (D.C.)
McGuire Garden (Washington, D.C.)
Located in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, the McGuire Garden was designed by Perry Wheeler in 1957 and was fully established by the time he photographed it in the spring of 1959. Its large flagstone, cast stone, and Belgian paver terrace was especially striking when viewed from above, highlighting its interlocking circle and semi-circle pattern. A central fountain provided a focal point, while the perimeter of the space featured a variety of trees and shrubs including osmanthus, boxwood, azalea, holly, and magnolia. Small beds were planted with bulbs for the spring and presumably featured changing seasonal splashes of color. Ample seating for outdoor entertaining was also provided. A 1965 letter from Mrs. McGuire to Wheeler regarding a bulb purchase shows that Wheeler maintained an ongoing relationship with this client.
Persons associated with the garden include Perry H. Wheeler (landscape architect, 1957-1965) and Mr. and Mrs. E. Perkins McGuire (former owners, ca. 1957-1965).
The folders include worksheets, landscape designs, nursery invoices with plant names, correspondence, and other information.
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Archives of American Gardens

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