United States of America, Connecticut, Hartford County, Avon
Peg Atkinson's Garden (Avon, Connecticut)
Located on three acres in Avon, Connecticut, the Peg Atkinson's Garden was originally part of a 300-plus acre property dating back to the 1800s. The house was built in 1931, possibly by architect Robert Schutz. Ravines create natural borders to the north and south of the property. A large meadow lies to the west. When Marguerite (Peg) and Tracy Atkinson made the property their home in 1977, Peg was inspired by the region's natural beauty and long growing season. Over the next 35 years, she worked to add garden elements to complement the New England landscape and enhance property vistas.
The property includes woodlands with mature pines and sugar maples. Peg Atkinson planted annuals and the London Planetree in the meadow. Striking trees and shrubs were emphasized in the garden design. Ornamentals such as Kousa dogwood, Eastern redbud, Japanese cherry tree and Mountain Cloud plum provide color year-round. Shrubs and perennials include hellebores, roses, Japanese barberry hydrangea, forsythia, peonies, German iris, Purple Cloud bushes, Rose of Sharon and Carolina silverbells. Curved brick walkways and stepping stone paths lead through the gardens and past eye-catching ornaments such as a "Victorian lady" sculpture, antique urn, bird feeders, stone gargoyles and iron benches.
Persons associated with the garden include: Charles Tracy & Marguerite Atkinson (former owners, 1977-2012); and David Hernandez (gardener, 1990s-2000?).
The folder includes worksheets, features map, and supplemental booklet of garden photographs.
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