United States of America, Florida, Palm Beach County, Palm Beach
Dayton Garden (Palm Beach, Florida)
The Dayton garden is a series of open air rooms, each with a different theme. The classical English garden theme has a variety of different features such as a palm allée blanketed in zoysia grass, a classical folly, formal rose garden, a secret garden, and an extensive ficus hedge. The allée originally was planted with elaborately pruned ficus trees whose foliage was trained into a spiraling serpentine shape; these were later replaced with palms. A garden house provides a space for entertaining and houses a variety of ferns and orchids. The rose garden at the front of the property features continuously blooming hybrid roses which were grafted to hardier Fortuniana rootstock for longevity and serpentine brick pathways create a large-scale reproduction of a Byzantine mosaic pattern which provides a unique structure to the formal rose garden. The decorative mosaic theme is repeated in the ornately tiled swimming pool, whose floor is designed in the fashion of an Oriental rug.
Persons associated with the garden include: Colefax & Fowler (landscape architect); and Henry Melich (architect, landscape architect).
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This garden has been featured in The Garden Club of America Annual Meeting publication, Palm Beach, 1989, pp. 20-21; and in "Splendor in the grass," by Kathleen Quigley, photography by Ping Amranand, published in Southern Accents, Vol. 19, No. 1 (January-February 1996), pp. 108-113