Compact Urban and Japanese Garden at Twin Oaks, 2008-2012
Akron Garden Club
1 folder+ 9 digital images
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Ohio, Summit, Akron
Compact Urban and Japanese Garden at Twin Oaks (Akron, Ohio)
The main feature of this property is a compact Japanese-style garden at the rear of the townhome built by the owners in 1991. Visits to Japan inspired the garden's creation in the approximately 0.06 acre space. Inspiration for the plant material came from the Portland Japanese Garden's trees and shrubs. A collection of 25 bonsai specimens represents 15 species with the oldest being 200 years of age. Other plantings include bamboo, a Japanese cherry tree, a Japanese maple, a Japanese white pine, a red pine, cedars, arborvita, azaleas, tree and herbaceous peonies, ferns, hosta, ornamental grasses, hydrangeas, an espaliered wisteria, and clematis.
Hardscapes, furnishings, and accents of the garden include two teak benches, a birdbath, a Pennsylvania bluestone patio with wrought iron table and chairs for dining, sculptures of cranes and a dragon, planter boxes, a Buddhist prayer bell, four stone Japanese lanterns and two smaller metal lanterns, a Zen garden with a coin basin and 20 ton of boulders. Water features include an upper pond containing a water iris that spills into a lower pond holding water lilies, water hyacinth and koi. Stairs made of marble gravel and granite pavers traverse the garden on its east side and lead through the garden from the dwelling to an exit gate. Other pathways in the garden are composed of stepping stones. There is a wooden fence with a gate and a small greenhouse.
At the front of the dwelling is a brick courtyard garden that the owners describe as English in inspiration. Foundation plantings and containers include seasonal annuals and herbs. Additional plant material includes ivy, azalea, rhododendron, hosta, Korean lilac and clematis. The courtyard was constructed around an old oak trunk that was struck by lightning. There is seating and accents including a sundial from Tuscany and a wall sculpture of the Greek god Bacchus.
Persons associated with the garden include: John Vittum (designer, 1991- ) and Wilson Lewis (garden installer, 1991).
The folder includes worksheets and a features plan.