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Schenck Garden, 2013

Former owner:
McCook, George
Retemeyer, William
Architect:
Fisher, Raymond A
Smith, Brandon
Horticultualist:
Friday, Greg
Provenance:
Garden Club of Allegheny County
Physical description:
1 folder+ 14 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh
Schenck Garden (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Date:
2013
Notes:
The two acre suburban garden with a French Norman style farmhouse overlooks another 20 acres of woodland, with stables that once housed the polo ponies of the original owner. The main garden, bordered by mature sycamores, fruit trees and rhododendron, is a 70-foot wide band of flat terrain between the house and a hillside. Stone steps connect differing levels of terrain, and there are wide grass pathways. Specific plantings include a small fruit orchard, vegetable garden, perennial beds and rose garden with clipped boxwood borders. Off to one side there is a hidden shade garden with outdoor furniture. The courtyard in front of the house contains native laurel, dogwood, azaleas and rhododendron. An alleĢe of mature trees connects this property to the next property, owned by a relative of the original owner, with a house in the same French country style. The entire two acre Schenck Garden is protected by deer fencing and a cattle guard.
Persons associated with the garden include George McCook (former owner, 1929-1934); William Retemeyer (former owner, 1934-1972); Paul and Singer Euwer (former owners, 1972-1985); Raymond A. Fisher (architect, 1929-1930); Brandon Smith (architect, 1929-1930); Anthony J. Stinson (restoration and renovation architect, 1993-2013); Greg Friday (horticulturalist, 1993-2013).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, a plant listing, and garden plans.
Publications:
Garden featured in "Fox Chapel: A History of an Area and Its People," by Francis C. Hardie, Financial Press Corp, 1987
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA733000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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