1 folder+ 15 digital images; 2 35 mm slides (photographs)
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Florida, Duval County, Jacksonville
Hicks Garden (Jacksonville, Florida)
Established in 1995, this garden was created when the owner's childhood home was joined with a neighboring property to create a single residence with a guesthouse on the merged 2 acres of land. Located in the historic Ortega District, the property is situated on the banks of the St. Johns River overlooking the cityscape of Jacksonville. The two homes of the integrated properties were joined into a contiguous structure with the addition of a linking loggia forming a breezeway between the two buildings. With the merging of the properties, a new terraced garden was established on the northeast side of the property. The riverside garden is separated from brackish tidal waters by a seawall which helps to protect the property from storm damage.
An armillary sphere sits as the centerpiece of the rose garden on the lower terrace. Perennial cutting beds flank circular bluestone steps which lead to a small lawn forming the upper terrace. A wisteria covered pergola on the porch of the guesthouse overlooks the terraced garden with views of the river and the Jacksonville cityscape beyond.
To the south east of the guesthouse a pair of stone terraces linked by brick paths lead to a garden house and a guitar shaped lawn. Garden seating and a wishing well serve as the focal points of the southern garden area.
Featuring a color pallet dominated by pinks, corals peaches and yellows, prominent plantings include Fortuniana roses, hydrangeas, and delphinium, as well as spring annuals such as snapdragons, cleome, pansies, and stock.
Persons associated with the property include: Mary Palmer Dargan of Dargan Landscape Architects (landscape architect, 1991-1995); and Jerry Crouch and Judy Drake of Sunscapes Landscape Designs (landscape architects, 1995).
The folder includes worksheets and copies of articles.
This property is featured in: "Keys to a beautiful garden," by Steve Binder in Southern Living Magazine, May 2004, pp. 76-77; "Ties that bind," by Philip Morris in Southern Accents, Fall 1998; "Our best gardens, designed for looks," in Southern Living magazine, Spring 2006; and in Timeless landscape design: The four-part master plan, by Hugh Graham Dargan and Mary Palmer Dargan, Salt Lake City, Utah : Gibbs Smith, 2007, pp. 112-113, 140-141