United States of America, Indiana, Marion County, Indianapolis
Hydrangea House (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Established in 1939, Hydrangea House is located on a half acre in Indianapolis, Indiana. The French Provincial-style house was built in 1939. In 1978, Frits Loonsten served as landscape architect, installing the curved brick wall that marks the property's western border. When the current owner purchased the property in 1992 the gardens were overgrown and lacked cohesion. Landscape architect Jeffrey A. Kirch assisted in a redesign in which formal, angular hardscape is softened by curved beds and naturalistic plant material.
Along the front of the property a curved planting bed showcases early, mid and late-blooming spring tulips, followed by a variety of perennials and a summer display of Annabelle hydrangeas. The lawn features mature maple and ash trees and a Norway spruce. Wrought iron chairs provide shaded seating in a woodland garden containing Lilly-of-the-Valley, Lenten rose, astilbe, hosta, Japanese painted fern and peonies. A linear, brick walkway and large wooden gate lead to a reflecting pool surrounded by a flagstone patio. To the north, a bronze sculpture lies below a pergola covered in clematis. Texture and color are emphasized in the northwest corner garden with an array of blooming shrubs and trees including Japanese Andromeda, dogwood, and rhododendron. On the west side, a red brick patio is shaded by a wisteria-covered pergola and a lion-head fountain emerges from the Loonsten wall. The garden's perimeter is lined with window boxes and various annuals and perennials. Jardinières and planters provide additional interest.
Persons associated with the garden include: John W. & Mary J. Fieldhouse (former owners, 1930); Frederick G. & Eleanor D. McMillan (former owners, 1930-1945); Frank C. and Myrtle C. Ayres (former owners, 1945-1954); Marshall B. and Elizabeth D. Houck (former owners, 1954-1976); Carole J. Cooke (former owner, 1976-1978); David J. and Jane K. Taube Kilgore (former owners, 1978-1992); Frits Loonsten (landscape architect, 1978); Jeffrey A. Kirch (landscape architect, 1992); and Chris Turner (gardener, 2009-present).
The folder includes worksheets, planting lists, features maps, planting plans and landscape design.