United States of America, Ohio, Clermont, Loveland
Dale Ead's Loveland, Ohio Garden (Loveland, Ohio)
The four acre property known as the Robb-Montgomery House, built in 1875, has deep woodlands, hundreds of flowering trees and shrubs, thousands of spring bulbs, an English style water garden under an ornate iron gazebo that has a lion's head wall fountain feeding the stone enclosed koi pond, a stone barn with a carved entablature over the door, dry stone walls and massive flags of local limestone - with the work conceived and carried out by the current owner over the past twenty years. The gardens are most colorful in spring when dogwoods, redbuds, magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom, along with swaths of tulips planted annually as well as beds of naturalized daffodils. Garden areas near the house were designed in the same late Victorian style and are embellished with statuary, fountains, birdbaths and granite wishing well, some of which were salvaged from other estates. The trees, shrubs and bulbs planted on the property have been selected for continuous bloom from February through May.
Mature trees including ashes, elms, maples, oaks and walnuts provide an open canopy over the contoured mixed borders and understory flowering trees, which include magnolias, Japanese maples, buckeyes, dawn redwoods, dove trees, franklin trees and two dwarf peach trees on the terrace. A mature magnolia found on the property motivated the purchase and restoration of the house and grounds. Deer control has been essential since the formal gardens lead to woodlands and ravines. Pesticides are not used on this property and a recent infestation of emerald ash borer will be managed by removing the ash trees.
Persons associated with the garden include: David T. Robb and Caroline Lockwood Robb, James W. and Caroline Robb Montgomery (former owners, 1875-1935); Cox family (former owners, 1935-1954); Minderman family (former owners, 1954-1960); Hickman family (former owners, 1960-1965); Fein family (former owners, 1965-1985); Frohman family (former owners, 1985-1993).
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The Garden Club of Dayton facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles and other information.
Garden featured in "A Budding Romance," in Housetrends, April/May 2010, Vol. 9., No. 2, p.21-28
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