United States of America, Massachusetts, Middlesex, Cambridge
Garden Street Garden (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Located on a quiet historic district cul-de-sac, off a busy street, this historic property is known for its complexity and attention to form and beauty. Consisting of a garden which surrounds a colonial revival house, the property as it is today was designed by its current owners, an American architect who spent formative years in France, and his wife, an Englishwoman with vast horticultural experience. Drawing on French and Italian traditions of structure and formality and the English horticultural tradition of interconnected garden rooms and successive waves of abundant planting, the garden was designed to be enjoyed in all seasons.
The property boasts of a series of garden rooms consisting the East Garden, West Garden, D Garden, Front Garden, Circle Garden, and the Rose Garden. Hedges of yew, lilac, viburnum, and hibiscus were planted to create "walls" for the rooms. Various plantings are changed to accentuate each season with different color schemes.
Persons associated with the garden include Marmion Judson Simmons and Edith B. Simmons (former owners, 1923-1940); Henry Gilbert and Priscilla Brown Gilbert (former owners, 1941-1994); Huu Huynh (gardener, 1994- ); Lowden's (landscape co., 1994-circa 2007); Bruce Fernald, McPhee Inc. (tree expert, 1994-circa 2007); Gallup Landscape Co., Inc. (landscape co., 2015- ).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, historical images, biographical and other information.