Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Beard, Sr., 2014
River Oaks Garden Club
1 folder+ 13 digital images
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Texas, Harris, Houston
Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Beard, Sr. (Houston, Texas)
A contemporary L-shaped house and L-shaped garden have been fitted together on a six-tenths acre urban lot, with features, architecture and plant selection in the style of southern country homes but on a smaller scale. Built in 2009 the property has two water features, an antique fountain and a square swimming pool overlooked by a long second story gallery. There is a patch of lawn between the pool, which is surrounded by bricks set in a herringbone pattern, and the fountain, set in a circular brick pond with a water garden. The fountain marks the beginning of the back garden which is comprised of two symmetrical cutting beds edged with boxwood along the brick walk and backed by hedges of azaleas. Perpendicular to the back garden, going through a gate in a high wooden fence there is a side garden with two rectangular island beds. The fence along the side of the property is covered with cross vine; there are espaliered magnolias on the back fence and climbing roses on trellises on the house.
In addition to reflecting regional garden heritage, the garden incorporates a number of elements of rural Country Place era gardens: axiality, garden rooms, water features as focal points, restraint of garden design, respect for proportion and spatial clarity, attention to detail and integration of house and garden.
Plantings include camellias, azaleas, espaliered magnolia, boxwoods, yew, roses, hydrangea, agapanthus, iris, daylilies, rosemary and seasonal plantings.
Persons associated with the garden include Herbert Pickworth (landscape architect, 2009-2010); Robert Glauser (landscape maintenance, 2009-present); Dillon Kyle (architect, 2008-2009).
The folder includes worksheets, a photocopy of an article, planting list and other information.
Garden has been featured in "Simple Southern Elegance" by Kathy Huber, published in the Houston Chronicle, March 1, 2014