The Harriet Whitmore Enders Heart Garden, ca. 1910-1960, 1995, 2013-2014
Enders Garden, also known as
Enders, John O
Enders, Harriet Goulden Whitmore
New London Garden Club
3 folders+ 2 35mm slides (photographs); 15 photographic prints; and 32 digital images
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Connecticut, New London, Waterford
The Harriet Whitmore Enders Heart Garden (Waterford, Connecticut)
ca 1910-1960, 1995, 2013-2014
The footprint of this vanished garden returns every spring with the emergence of a border of 1,000 daffodils that were planted in the shape of a heart to mark its perimeter. A waterless fountain, a Grecian urn, segments of the low white picket fence with heart-shaped pickets, a wooden birdbath and a deteriorating house for purple martins are remaining artifacts. In its heyday the 90 foot by 125 foot heart garden was comprised of island beds lushly planted with flowers that included climbing roses, hollyhocks, lilies, iris, delphiniums, baby's breath, zinnias and other large-scale flowers that could be appreciated from a distance. Picket fences bordered each bed with grass walkways throughout. A sculptural fountain in a shallow pool was centered near the top of the heart; a line drawn around and connecting the flower beds would produce a heart shape. The original 12-acre property was a farm with woodlands, with access to Long Island Sound, and one family home. Later, more land was acquired which increased the property to 28.5 acres; four houses were built for the owner's children and their families. The original house was demolished in the early 1960's and the heart garden was dismantled in the 1990's. One of the two green pergolas that spanned entrances to the heart garden is used as the entrance to a vegetable garden maintained by a member of the family.
Persons associated with the garden include the Perkins family (former owners); John O. and Harriet Goulden Whitmore Enders (former owners, 1905-); Thomas Rose (gardener, prior to 1905); Charles Delpriore (gardener); David Helsel (gardener, circa 1980's); and Mario Costa (gardener and estate manager).
The folder includes worksheets and other documentation.
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