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"Breezes" Pergola Garden, 2010-2012

Landscape architect:
Riddell, Bruce John
Stonemason, landscaper:
Robb, Gordon B.
Metalsmith:
Breeden, Robert
Carpenter:
Allen, Ralph
Gardener:
Neal, Danielle
Provenance:
Garden Club of Mount Desert
Physical description:
1 folder+ 10 35 mm slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Maine, Hancock County, Mount Desert, Northeast Harbor
Maine
Northeast Harbor
"Breezes" Pergola Garden (Northeast Harbor, Maine)
Date:
2010
2010-2012
Notes:
Situated on a 4.2 acre property, this classic English cottage-style cutting garden was designed and constructed in 2005-2006. One enters the garden by ascending a sweep of natural granite steps which lead to a wooden moongate flanked by tall granite pillars salvaged from a nearby abandoned quarry. The intimate garden space has four classically scaled garden quadrants surrounding a central circular flower bed. Serving as the anchor for the garden design is a pergola situated to the east of the vegetable and flower parterres. Inspired by works done in the early 1900's by the landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, the pergola features rounded moon windows and a larger moongate doorway facing west. The circle motif found in the pergola and and garden entrance moongate is mirrored in the design of the teak furniture housed in the pergola, as well as in the garden layout. Garden ornaments include two custom-made bronze tuteurs and an antique armillary-sundial. The garden walkways are paved with crushed granite and edged in roughhewn granite cobblestones, both of which are sourced from the same local quarry as the stone steps and pillars at the garden entrance.
The pergola is covered with crimson glory vine, a hardy ornamental grapevine. Smoketree, fringetree, and hydrangea accentuate the deciduous plantings in the outer perimeter of the garden, and a native woodland has been supplemented with the addition of wild geranium, hostas, assorted ferns and and white pine and white spruce plantings. The inner garden beds feature perennials such as echinacea, astilbe, salvia, peonies, and aconitum along with vegetables, seasonal annuals and bulbs for cut flowers.
Persons associated with the garden include: Bruce John Riddell (landscape architect, 2005-2006); Gordon B. Robb (stonemason and landscaper, 2005-2006); Robert Breeden (metalsmith, 2005-2006); Ralph Allen (carpenter, 2005-2006); and Danielle Neal (gardener, 2007-present).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets.
Topic:
Gardens
Cottage gardens
Local number:
ME136000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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