United States of America, New Jersey, Morris County, Madison
The Secret Garden (Madison, New Jersey)
This secret garden lies behind an arched doorway in the high stucco wall that surrounds the 1.5 acre property that includes a 1910 English revival house with large Tudor style chimneys. The current garden that was conceived and installed in 2008 has four planting beds surrounded by hedges with a grass walkway down the center with a large fountain feature. The formality of the design was softened by the cool color scheme of perennials and flowering shrubs planted within the enclosed beds, including peonies and knockout roses. Trellises along the high walls support climbing roses while other trellises at the back of the house support morning glories. Mature trees and shrubs from earlier gardens on the site provide shade, including two crab apple trees growing in the back beds. A circular garden in front of the house also was replanted in soft shades that compliment the blue stucco building.
Persons associated with the garden include: James and Margeretta Webb (owners of the land); Mr. and Mrs. George Davidson (former owners, 1909-1925); Frederick and Carrie Sperry Beinecke (former owners, 1925-1949); Drew University (former owner, 1949-1953); Harrie Lindeberg (1879-1959) and John F. Capen (architects, 1909-1910); Thomas Spagnold (garden designer, 2008); Marta McDowell (garden designer and gardener, 2008-present).
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
This property is featured in Through Mem'ry's Haze by William S. Beinecke, Prospect Hill Press, 2000, pp. 33-37; and Growing up in the Rose City by William F. Redmond II, 1987, pp. 219-223