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Woodridge, 2014-2015

Former owner:
Tidrick, Robert L
Tidrick, Cornelia
Dunlap, Shepherd
Dunlap, William
Clark, Lester
Mitchell, J.A.
Aurand, Calvin W.
Aurand, Eleanor K.
Patio designer:
Hirsch, Audrey
Garden consultant:
Lyford, Barbara
Landscape designer:
Grieve, Linda
Ted Lare Landscape Design
Perennial Gardens
Patio construction:
Crose and Gardner
Provenance:
Des Moines Founders Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 20 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Iowa, Polk, West Des Moines
Iowa
West Des Moines
Woodridge (West Des Moines, Iowa)
Date:
2014
2014-2015
Notes:
The 4.5 acre property was originally farmland and is surrounded by woodlands. When the current owners moved in they found a field of naturalized daffodils the following spring, numerous junipers planted in discrete beds near the house and garage, and two beds of ferns. Several additions to the 1950's house created new garden areas that were joined to surround the house and attached garage. Hundreds more daffodil bulbs have been added to the meadow over the years, and the other plantings are either deer resistant or are sprayed regularly. Trees include oak, shagbark hickory, pine, redbud and magnolia; shrubs include hydrangea, lilac, azalea, rose and forsythia. A large cement pad that covered a defunct deep well was reconfigured as a berm planted with serviceberry and euonymus. A two level brick patio was added, incorporating an existing shagbark hickory. The owners installed a hot tub instead of another water feature; later they replaced the tub with a fountain centered by an old mill wheel.
The extensive list of perennials in the foundation beds includes hosta, astilbe, clematis, daylily, hellebore, ornamental grass, peony, cone flower, Russian sage, Siberian and bearded iris, and spring bulbs. Wild flowers and ferns grow further out beyond the mowed lawn in the meadow and woodlands. Painted wooden cut-outs of a cow and calf are placed in the daffodil meadow during the warmer months. There also is a fenced cutting garden at a distance from the house and patio.
Persons associated with the garden include Robert L. and Cornelia Tidrick (former owners, 1854-1855); Shepherd and William Dunlap (former owners, 1855-1867); Lester Clark and Clark family members (former owners, 1867-1922); J.A. Mitchell (former owner, 1922-1957); Calvin and Eleanor Aurand (former owners, 1957-1974); Audrey Hirsch (patio design, 1986); Crose and Gardner (patio construction, 1986); Ted Lare Landscape Design (landscape design, 1989); Barbara J. Lyford (garden consultant, 1995); Linda Grieve of Perennial Gardens (landscape design, 2000-2005).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of images, and other information.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
IA025000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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