Established circa 1910, Scragwood Garden is located on one third of an acre in Willsboro, New York. The property lies on what was once a large land tract owned by the Clark family that dates back to the mid-1800s. The garden is adjacent to the Scragwood home, a clapboard house with elements of the Gothic Revival Style, built circa 1842. From 1857 to 1895 it was the home of Solomon Wesley Clark, Rhoda Adsit Clark and their seven children. Solomon Clark operated an extensive limestone quarry which furnished stones for the foundations of the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York State Capitol. Scragwood Garden's establishment is attributed to Florence Tanner Wood, the wife of Charles Fiske Wood, Solomon's grandson. Scragwood Garden was abandoned following Florence's death in 1945. The original plan for the garden was discovered in 2003. Restoration of the garden's traditional Colonial Revival pattern was begun in 2004 and completed in 2012.
The perimeters of Scragwood Garden are defined by low limestone walls. The garden is divided into five parterres separated by paths of blue limestone. The paths converge at a diamond shape in the center, marked by a sundial and centerpiece of Lake Champlain stones. During the restoration, perennials found still growing on the grounds were kept and reset if necessary. These include varieties of Dutch iris, daffodils, narcissus, thistle, lupine, pink and white phlox, hens and chicks, and century plants. The garden was restored with close attention to the plantings noted on the original drawings. Some plants from the original plan will not thrive in the current climate, and annuals have been included to compensate.
Scragwood Garden is visited by garden clubs, historians and other groups and individuals who are particularly interested in vernacular Colonial Revival gardens.
Persons associated with the garden include: Charles Fiske Wood (former owner, 1920-1943); and Florence Tanner Wood (garden designer, circa 1910).
The folder includes worksheets, features map, planting plans, historical images and other additional documentation.