United States of America, Louisiana, Ouachita County, Monroe
Boxwood Court (Monroe, Louisiana)
Boxwood Court is named for its more than 250 clipped boxwoods that fill the entrance garden for the English cottage style house originally built in 1926, with two recent additions. The property, which is less than one acre, has been owned by members of one family for more than 70 years. A pierced brick wall that surrounds the property and a live oak tree (affectionately named 'Rachel') planted in 1942 are the remaining features of earlier gardens that have been restored. The boxwoods are clipped into mounds of differing sizes and contrast with the ferns and ground covers planted nearby. A custom made Chippendale style gate opens onto a walkway to the smaller formal back garden, where a Japanese maple tree grows in each of the four corners of the geometrically laid out, brick-edged borders. A brick fish pond fed by three spigots is on one side, and on the other side there is a patio with a barbeque grill set into a brick wall. Azaleas, hydrangeas and camellias are planted in this section of the garden and an antique urn in front of a camellia screen is filled with seasonal plantings. Other plants in this garden include southern magnolia and confederate jasmine for fragrance.
Whimsical elements include two sculpted concrete chairs reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and the turtle stepping stone path into the back garden. A pierced ironwork gate separates the driveway from another paved terrace with planted containers and a hedge of holly trimmed into poles.
Persons associated with the garden include Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Monk (former owners, 1927-1931); Dr. and Mrs. Arthur James Emerson (former owners, 1932-1976); Mrs. Jesse Emerson McDonald (former owner, 1976-1986); William L. Mattison (architect, 1984); Lee Harrison Ledbetter (architect, 1997); Brian Sawyer (landscape architect, 1997).
The folder includes worksheets, plant list, and written interview with the owner.