United States of America, Pennslyvania, Montgomery, Wyndmoor
Foxlea (Wyndmoor, Pennslyvania)
Foxlea is one of four parcels from a larger estate known as Lane's End, comprising 4.5 acres with intimate garden rooms between buildings, a large lawn with an orchard, and a bordering 31 acre meadow that is conserved open space. The Tudor style buildings on the property include a 16th century cottage and architectural components imported from England in the 1920's by the originator of the estate, Allethaire Rotan, and assembled by architect Robert Rotan McGoodwin. The current owners constructed their residence by adding a conservatory connecting their cottage to a former woodshed that had been used as a garage. A former stable was converted to a studio and rental apartment in 2007, and other repurposed outbuildings include a former sheep shed and a feed and seed house. The buildings are clustered like a small village around a courtyard. The garden rooms include a formal parterre garden installed in 2002, a vegetable and fruit garden, an orchard, and a grid garden planted with succulents, herbs and annuals.
The parterre garden has four boxwood edged beds around a central pool with a lead fountain of a putto holding a fish. In each quadrant there is a variegated willow tree standard with tulips and allium in the spring followed by lavender in summer. The courtyard adjoining the parterre garden has planted containers, with more planted troughs outside the kitchen door.The grid garden next to the converted stable is inside a high wall with a moon gate, with a bisecting path of stepping stones.The vegetable garden is protected by deer netting; the chicken yard next to it has three cherry trees and abuts a hornbeam hedge with an arched opening planted in 2002. Other features of the gardens include espaliered Asian pear trees, planted troughs, a large lawn with native trees and an evolving orchard, and the common meadow with naturalized daffodils and narcissus.
See also Lane's End (AAG# PA026000).
Samuel and Allethaire Rotan (former owners, 1917-1940); Wharton and Louise Sinkler (former owners, 1940-1972); University of Pennsylvania (former owner, 1972-2000); Robert Rodes McGoodwin (architect, mid-1920's).
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
Garden featured in "Building a British Estate in Pa.- Piece by Piece" by Joseph S. Kennedy published in the Philadelphia Inquirer online June 20, 1999
Garden featured in "Tudor Revival Houses in American from 1890 to the Present" by Lee Goff, Universe Publishing 2002, pp. 98-107