United States of America, Illinois, Cook, Winnetka
Haynes Garden (Winnetka, Illinois)
Timberleigh (Winnetka, Illinois)
between 1914-1949, 2011
Located on 1.8 acres, this property is located on the shore of Lake Michigan in an area called Hubbard Woods. The Italian Renaissance revival style house was originally built in circa 1925-1926 by Otis and Clark for Frank Brach of the famous candy company. According to the Garden Club of America's 1933 annual meeting book, Jens Jensen designed the original plan for the grounds, Hollister and Root designed the small formal garden while the owners designed the perennial garden. At that time, the garden was designed for spring effect with a strip of woods on either side of the drive planted with clumps of daffodils and mertensia and bordered with primroses in shades of yellow and bronze. The small formal garden located directly to the south of the house was designed for a green garden in winter and beds planted entirely of pansies from April until mid-June. A tennis court and swimming pool beyond the fornal garden were approached by a grass walk bordered by an arborvitae hedge.
Between 2007 and 2008, the gardens were revamped after a complete renovation of the house. The hydrangea bed at the front of the house was enhanced and hydrangeas were added to the borders on the north and south property lines where pine trees and arborvitae were planted to provide more privacy. Existing walls were elongated, the driveway modified by curving it to make the approach more dramatic, a large parking court in the front of the house was constructed, French drains were added to improve drainage, and trees were planted to disguise the entrance to the garage. A gate was also constructed to separate the front and back gardens. A side shade garden leads to two blue stone terraces, one overlooking the pool and another lower terrace overlooking Lake Michigan.
Garden features on the lakeside garden include a classically styled wooden trellised pergola which houses one of the many garden statues.
In 2011, this garden won the President's Award for residential design from the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Gold Award for residential design from PLANET. The garden has been featured on the Garden Conservancy's Open Days. In addition to private parties, the garden has been the host of meetings of the Garden Guild of Winnetka, Town and Country Arts club and the Woman's Board of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Persons and groups associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brach (former owner, 1925-1931), Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Scott (former owners, 1933);; Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Haynes (former owners, 2005-2012); Otis and Clark (architects, circa 1925); Jens Jensen (landscape architect of grounds, 1920s or 1930s); Hollister and Root (landscape architect of formal garden, 1920s or 1930s); Mariani Landscaping (landscapers, 2007-2012); .
The folder includes worksheets articles and lists of notable plants and shrubs.