United States of America, Illinois, Cook, Kenilworth
Home of George Maher, Architect (Kenilworth, Illinois)
Architect George Maher designed the house with Arts and Crafts influences in 1893 for his family, and had the garden designed by his friend and colleague Jens Jensen. Only the white pine in the front yard and a burr oak in the back yard remain from the Jensen landscape. An island bed of pachysandra and ferns surround the pine. A rose garden with heirloom and modern roses was planted circa 1990. Trellises with climbing roses, porcelain vines and trumpet vines were placed against the house and porch. The foundations plantings include hydrangeas, boxwoods and mature perennials. The pink brick walk to the front door was bordered by beds of perennials.
Persons associated with the garden include George W.(1864-1926) and Elizabeth Maher and Violet Wyld (architect and former owners, 1893-circa 1987; Chris Dreher (former owner, 1987-1988); Wild family (former owners, 1988-1989); Jens Jensen(1860-1951) (landscape architect, 1893-1895); Chalet Garden Design (garden designers, 1988), Jane Mueller and Mark Marcus, Private Gardens, Public Places (garden designers, 2000); Deidre E. Toner, ASLA (landscape architect, 2011).
The folder includes worksheets, garden plan and plant list, correspondence, and photocopies of images.
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