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Herter Garden, 1946-1989

Landscape architect:
Wheeler, Perry H. 1914-1989
Former owner:
Herter, Christian Archibald 1895-1966
Herter, Mary Caroline Pratt 1895-1980
Physical description:
3 folders+ 30 slides (photographs); 2 photographic prints; 1 safety film negative; 10 plans; 3 drawings; 1 blueprint
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, District of Columbia, Washington
Washington (D.C.)
Herter Garden (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1946
1946-1989
Notes:
The Georgetown garden of Christian A. Herter and Mary Caroline Pratt Herter involved Perry Wheeler for a period of about 10 years. Wheeler's association began in 1954, when he provided additions to an original plan (with plant names) by Cary Millholland Parker, and lasted until at least 1964, when he created a new design for the garden's pool. Typical of Georgetown gardens, the Herter Garden occupied a relatively small space behind its Federal period house, situated cheek by jowl with its neighbors. Privacy was provided by brick walls, a bamboo fence, and shrub and tree plantings. A wide brick walkway led to a small ornamental pool at the back of the garden, while smaller brick walkways provided additional circulation. Azaleas, magnolia, boxwood, spring bulbs, and other plantings amply filled the garden space, while seating was provided on a terrace area near the pool.
Persons associated with the garden include Perry H. Wheeler (landscape architect, 1954-1964) and Christian Archibald and Mary Caroline Pratt Herter (former owners, 1943-1980).
Summary:
The folders include worksheets, copies of magazine and newspaper articles featuring the garden, orders and invoices, correspondence, and other information.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in "Nothing's Too Good for a Georgetown Tree," The Washingtron Post and Times Herald (March 6, 1955), Section F
Garden has been featured in "That Georgetown Way of Life," House Beautiful (March 1961), pp. 100-101
Garden has been featured in Stanley Schuler, America's Great Private Gardens (New York: Macmillan, 1967), pp. 59-62
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
DC020000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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