United States of America, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis
Charnwood (Memphis, Tennessee)
ca 1920-1939 2011
The gardens at Charnwood, a three-acre property in Memphis, Tennessee, were designed beginning in 1925 by Warda Stevens Stout, a former owner. There were massive plantings of perennial flowers, roses and bulbs in formal garden beds around a large fountain and on three terraces that led to an exedra. Features included old columns, artificial ruins, a wishing well and an irregularly shaped koi pond and water garden. The style of the garden was Italianate, complementing the style of the house. Today most of the ornamental gardens are gone: the flowering terraces have been replaced by lawns, the former flower beds around the fountain are nearly bare, and the pond flowers are towering. Remnants of the brick walks and steps can be seen. A large swimming pool was installed near Mrs. Stout's wishing well and the old chicken coop is now used as a garden shed.
Persons associated with the garden include Mr. and Mrs. Norfleet (former owners, until 1925); Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Stout (former owners, beginning in 1925); Dr. and Mrs. O'Farrell Shoemaker (former owners); Obadiah Gray (gardener); and Warda Stevens Stout (garden designer and horticulturist).