United States of America, Missouri, St. Louis, St. Louis
The Garden of Dian C. Schock (St. Louis, Missouri)
Beginning in 1955 the owners have transformed their slightly more than one acre property and created garden rooms; their first step was to remove the foundation planting of fitzer juniper. The design for this property began with the L-shaped lawn edged by a mix of large trees from the neighboring municipal park to the east. Specimen and ornamental tree starters including white pines, dogwood and redbud were obtained free from the Missouri Department of Conservation and were planted in layers around the perimeter for privacy and to shelter the understory plantings of azaleas and perennials. A yew hedge was planted along the driveway behind peonies and other seasonal perennials. The owner built her own parking court walls and planted magnolias for shade. The low stone walls defining several terraces also were do-it-yourself projects. A climbing rose overlooks the terrace to the south and nearly fills the space between two doors. Mandeville vines planted in window boxes and a trumpet vine that has spread over the roof of the garage and the parking court wall also soften the formal lines of clipped hedges. A small circular herb garden was planted inside a clipped privet hedge at the end of a stretch of the local river gravel used to pave the terraces.
In 2014 groups of mature yew bushes were replaced with groupings of upright conical arborvitae and hydrangeas. Decorative garden accessories include four small statues representing the four seasons, a small fountain, a limestone female statue reflected in a wall mirror, and other limestone or lead figures. Wrought iron and antique-style wire outdoor furniture and swan planters complement the French Neoclassical style of the house. Annuals are planted in pots so they can be moved around the terraces.
Persons associated with the garden include Ralph Cole Hall (architect, circa 1937); Dian C. Schock (garden designer, 1955- ); Delane Schnarr (landscape designer, 2014).
The folder includes worksheets and additional images including photocopies of original artwork.