United States of America, North Carolina, Forsyth, Winston-Salem
The Arbor (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
Thomas W. Sears landscape design for Reynolds included parkland that was sub-divided later for residential neighborhoods including this two and one-third acre property. The house was designed by the same architect employed by R.J and Katherine Reynolds, Charles Barton Keen, and the initial landscaping was designed in keeping with Sears' landscape design: natural woodland borders, mature boxwood, periwinkle and ivy ground covers, and flowering shrubs and spring bulbs. The current owners wanted to maintain the historic parkland feel and create more intimate garden spaces for themselves. Starting work circa 2004 their projects included pruning mature trees and shrubs and developing the woodland gardens by adding an understory of flowering trees including dogwoods, cherries, magnolias and crepe myrtles. At ground level in the woodland gardens there are thousands of daffodils, periwinkle and hellebores that can be seen across the lawn. A massive holly arbor off to one side of the house is this garden's signature feature, and a source of winter berries for birds. The Arbor hosts other wildlife, too, including bees, rabbits, deer, opossum and foxes.
Next to the house inside trellised fencing there is a small garden full of roses, ferns and lambs' ear in summer, followed by Japanese anemones. Akebia and climbing hydrangea grow on the fencing which was installed for an earlier garden design, and wisteria is trained up columns at the back of the house. Wooden steps lead to a vegetable and cutting garden, and a new potager for vegetables and flowers is being planned that will be entered through another arbor.
Persons associated with the garden include G.W. Coan, G.W. Coan, Jr. and Mary Wiggins Coan (former owners, 1929-?); Bowman Gray II and Elizabeth Christian Gray (former owners, 1941-?); James A. Gray, Jr. (former owner, 1950-1969); Bowman Gray III and Katherine Gray (former owners, 1969-?); Stuart and Frances Vaughn (former owners, 1970-2004); Willliam Andrew Copenhaver and Anne Phillips Copenhaver (owners, 2004- ); Charles Barton Keen (architect, 1928); Thomas Warren Sears (1880-1965) (landscape architect, circa 1920); Paul F. "Chip" Callaway (landscape architect, 1992-)
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of plans and historical images.