United States of America, Indiana, Boone, Zionsville
Frogmore (Zionsville, Indiana)
Frogmore is a five acre property set in the woodlands of Boone County, Indiana, with gardens featuring a large pond, tall trees and shade plants. Groves of mature oaks, shagbark hickories, sugar maples and ash trees have been supplemented with new plantings of oaks, spruce, yellowwoods and magnolias including a specimen Chinese Oyama magnolia. The garden beds under the trees include hosta, sweet woodruff, ferns, astilbes, hydrangeas, thousands of spring bulbs and ground covers that stay green all year. The pond is the habitat for a water garden that includes water lilies, water irises, pickerelweed, water cannas, koi, snakes and many bullfrogs. The owners began work in 2005 by removing dense overgrowth of honeysuckle and digging out curving beds, and created the pond by building a small dam over an underground stream. In a sunny corner of the property there is a small vegetable and herb garden maintained by grandchildren. There is also a "Wind in the Willows" garden where statues of Mr. Mole, Mr. Rat, Mr. Badger, and Mr. Toad are featured. At the entrance to the house they planted rhododendron, clipped boxwood hedges, a Japanese maple tree and placed a furnished patio, with a view of the spruce and roses planted in the center of the circular driveway.
The garden is called Frogmore after the English royal country estate, and because of the many loud bullfrogs that live in the pond. The pond is monitored for any appearance of duckweed which is removed promptly, and the 92 ash trees are inspected for emerald ash borer which is a serious pest in that location.
Persons associated with the garden include) Jim Altum (landscape designer, 2010- ).