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Buxton Garden, 1972

Former owner:
Buxton, J. Stewart Mrs.
Buxton, J. Stewart
Landscape architect:
Hager, William P
Hollerith family
Physical description:
1 folder+ 3 35 mm slides (photographs)
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis
Buxton Garden (Memphis, Tennessee)
Designed by landscape architect William P. Hager, this garden was established when the home was remodeled in 1965. Featured on the 1972 tours of the Garden Club of America 59th annual meeting, the property features an entance courtyard surrounded by a low brick wall and a holly hedge, and a private back garden which is divided into lower and upper garden areas. The private garden levels are delineated by a curved redwood fence with brick steps leading from the lower main garden to the upper wild garden. As described in 1971, included in the garden areas are a rose garden, a wildflower garden, and a work and storage area where the compost heap is located.
Original plantings included espaliered dwarf fruit trees growing against the house, azaleas, and many varieties of hollies. In the mid-1980s a number of plantings were added to the garden including a blackgum tree, a sugar maple, a European hornbeam, and additions to the rose garden to include 40 different varieties.
This garden was originally documented as an unidentified garden in the Hollerith Family slide collection. An update of the garden documentation was provided in 2012.
Persons associated with the property include: Mr. and Mrs. J. Stewart Buxton (former owners, 1936-2003); Nelson and Andrew Kilpatrick (former owners, 2003-2010); and William P. Hager (landscape architect, 1965).
The folder includes worksheets and book excerpts.
This garden was featured in the Garden Club of America 59th Annual Meeting pamphlet of 1972, and in Gardens of the American South by John Wedda, Richmond, Va.: Westover Pub. Co., 1971, p. 135
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Archives of American Gardens

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