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Schlumberger Garden, 1985-1986

Landscape architect:
Fleming, C. C. Pat d. 1996
Eubanks, Edwin A.
Landscape designer:
Carmichael, Nona
Landscape architects:
Thompson & Hanson
Garden Club of Houston
Physical description:
2 folders+ 12 35 mm slides (photographs); 1 photographic print
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Texas, Houston
Schlumberger Garden (Houston, Texas)
Situated on approximately three-quarters of an acre, this property features a series of garden rooms designed by landscape architect C.C. "Pat" Fleming. When the Tudor style home was purchased by former owners in 1980 Fleming was engaged to design the graceful sequence of spaces that as of 2012 remain preserved by the present owners. The original landscape design featured a rose garden at the front of the property, situated on the edge of an azalea framed motor court, as well as a large walled garden comprised of flagstone terraces, a secret garden, a crapemyrtle alleĢe, and a formal pool garden
True to the original design, azaleas feature prominently in the landscape, as do roses and flowering trees. Star jasmine and climbing roses continue to grow on an arbor designed by architect Edwin A. Eubanks which presides over the formal pool garden. As the landscape has aged, the present owners have allowed the garden to evolve while respectfully maintaining the spirit of Fleming's original design. The crapemyrtle have given way to better highlight a crabapple, the many azalea, which had grown quite large, have been reigned in to allow other plantings to shine. A boxwood parterre, a cutting garden, and an herb garden have been added.
An update of the garden documentation was provided in 2012.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Showers (former owners, circa 1935-1949); Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Davis (former owners, 1949-1980); Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Marcel "Pete" Schlumberger (former owners, 1980-1994); Cameron Fairchild (architect, ca. 1935); C.C. Pat Fleming (landscape architect, 1980); Edwin A. Eubanks (architect, 1984); and Nona Carmichael of Thompson+Hansen (landscape architect, ca. 1995-present).
The folders include worksheets, articles, and an update sheet.
This garden has been featured in Leonard Tharp's "An American style of flower arrangement," by Lisa Ruffin and Narinder Sall, Dallas, Tex.: Taylor Pub. Co., 1986, p. 94; "C.C. Pat Fleming, The man for all seasons," by Sarah Bergner in Pinnacle magazine, date unkown, p. 54; "A beloved designer's late-in-life masterpiece," by Kathy Huber in Houston Chronicle Magazine, April 15, 2001, pp. 12-13; "Garden View: Landscape designer Pat Fleming planned a garden that is a pleasure to behold, inside and out," by Mary Uhbrock, photography by Fran Brennan, March 1986, pp. 48-57 and cover; The Lattice Gardener, by William C. Mulligan, New York : Macmillan, 1995, p. 31; and in Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston, v. 29 (Fall 1992-Winter 1993), pp. 33, 36
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