United States of America, New York, Nassau, Locust Valley
Land's End Manor (Locust Valley, New York)
Located on approximately 38 acres, this garden surrounds the mid-19th century house. Land's End Manor was remodeled in 1926 for banker Harvey Dow Gibson by the New York firm Walker and Gillette. The garden was originally designed in the 1920s by Frederick Olmsted, Jr. The view from the terrace of the house is of a sunken garden edged with a mature low hedge enclosing perennials. There is a round pool with a water spouting statue at its center. An adjacent grape arbor separates this garden from a classical walled rose garden with a planted urn at its center. On the south side of the house is a weeping sophora japonica tree. To the north of the house, with a view of Long Island Sound, is an enclosed teahouse with a wisteria covered trellis and two wire work swings. The pool house was designed by John Collins in the late 1980s, and the rock garden extending north of the pool with many perennials, ferns, evergreen trees, yews, and junipers was designed by Adele Mitchell around that time. A white brick wall on the edge of the driveway has espaliered myrtle in a curved design. Southeast of the house are outbuildings and the vegetable and cutting gardens. These gardens have arbors of roses and grapes incorporated into their design and white gravel paths. Adjacent to this area are the paddocks where the Gibson's horses were schooled and turned out. In the early 1980s, Innocenti & Webel did the master plan for the development of the original acreage (300+) of the property.
Persons associated with the garden include: George Galt Bourne (former owner, ca. 1920s); Harvey Dow Gibson (former owner, ca. 1926-1979); Frederick Olmsted, Jr. (landscape architect, ca. 1920s); Harrie T. Lindeberg (architect, ca. 1920s); Walker and Gillette (architects, 1926); Innocenti & Webel (landscape architects, ca. 1980s); John M. Collins (designer, ca. 1986); Adele Mitchell (landscape architect/designer, ca. 1986); Ralph Daniello (gardener, 1956-2012); John Martin (superintendent, 2013- ).
The folder includes worksheets, information regarding previous owners, historical timeline of the property, and a list and plans of landscape features.
Garden is featured in Robert B. MacKay, Anthony Baker, Carol A. Traynor, ed., "Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects," (1997)
Garden is featured in Raymond E. and Judith A. Spinzia, "Long Island's Prominent North Shore Families: Their Estates and Their Country Homes," Volume 1, (2006)