United States of America, Pennsylvania, Erie County, Fairview
Hetz Garden (Fairview, Pennsylvania)
The two acre Hetz garden was established in 1970 in the midst of hundreds of acres owned by the owners' family business, a century old evergreen nursery. Inspired by Japanese gardens, the landscaping was designed to create a serene, contemplative environment. An extensive evergreen collection is accented with blooming specimen such as rhododendron, azaleas, magnolias, flowering crabapples and dogwood. A rectangular wisteria arbor reflects the lines of the long, linear contemporary home which overlooks a 5-acre pond. The arbor and perennial garden are situated on a rise above the house, the first features seen by visitors as they approach the home from a rounded curve at the end of a half-mile long driveway. The driveway features juniper planted along it's length to serve as a natural snow fence. The perennial garden includes plantings such as irises, daffodils, peonies, lupines, delphinium and lilies. Reminiscent of a Japanese garden, the landscaping near the residence includes boulders, dry stream beds, granite lanterns and bamboo plantings.
Persons and groups associated with the garden include: Fairview Evergreen Nurseries (former owners, 1954-1967); Thomas Corwin (former owner, to 1954); Arthur Lukens (architect, 1968); Charles Dahlkemper (landscaping, early 1970's); Dan Straub (landscape architect, mid 1980's); Dennis Ward (landscape designer, gardener, mid 1980's); Peter Russell (landscape designer, gardener, 1995-2000); John Bonanti (landscape designer, gardener, 2000-present).
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