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[Neels Garden] [slide (photograph)]: a conservatory, visible to the right, provides a graceful transition between interior and outdoor spaces

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Photographer:
Dunklin, Elsie Norman
Physical description:
1 slide (photograph): col. ; 35 mm
Culture:
Garden borders
Type:
Slides (photographs)
Place:
United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Texas
Dallas
Neels Garden (Dallas, Texas)
Date:
2012
2012 Jun
Topic:
Gardens
Conservatories
Garden borders
Perennials
Benches, wooden
Garden ornaments and furniture
Houses
Flagstone
Trees
Local number:
TX103004
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Garden Street Garden, 2015-2016

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Former owner:
Simmons, Marmion Judson
Simmons, Edith B.
Gilbert, Henry
Gilbert, Priscilla Brown
Gardener:
Huynh, Huu
Tree expert:
Fernald, Bruce
Landscape company:
Lowden's
Gallup Landscape Co., Inc.
Provenance:
Cambridge Plant and Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 25 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Massachusetts, Middlesex, Cambridge
Massachusetts
Cambridge
Garden Street Garden (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Date:
2015
2015-2016
Notes:
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- ).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, historical images, biographical and other information.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MA621000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Pierce Garden, 2014

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Provenance:
Founders Garden Club of Dallas
Physical description:
1 folder+ 6 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Texas, Dallas, Dallas
Texas
Dallas
Pierce Garden (Dallas, Texas)
Date:
2014
Notes:
In 2014 this half-acre property had 233 different rose plants in raised beds, all documented on spread sheets that included each rose's name, code name, class, color and color code, location, scent, year planted, parentage, hybridizer and registration. Railroad ties were used to build the eight-foot beds scattered around the brick ranch-style house. The garden was started circa 1997 and has become a local feature each spring. Each plant was selected for its color, fragrance, petal count and growth habit, and the roses are cut and shown. Those that do not meet expectations are dug out and replaced. Most are hybrid tea varieties or grandifloras; some are kept for fragrance. Every winter remaining leaves are stripped from the canes, all debris is removed from the beds, each rose is fed with Epsom salts, and a regular program of fertilizing and spraying is carried out until the weather gets too hot. Hydrangeas, herbs in pots, and peonies also are grown.
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and a photocopy of an article.
Publications:
This property is featured in "Rows and Rows of Roses" by Betsy Simnacher, published in The Dallas Morning News, August 8, 2013, Section E
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
TX195000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

The Howard Garden, 1997-2016

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Garden designer:
Powell, Robert P.
Lawn care:
Isakson, Dan
Woodlands management:
Cheney, Dexter
Pond designer:
Aquascapes of Connecticut
Provenance:
Garden Club of Hartford
Physical description:
1 folder+ 24 digital images; 4 photographic prints
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Connecticut, Hartford, Avon
Connecticut
Avon
The Howard Garden (Avon, Connecticut)
Date:
1997
1997-2016
Notes:
The house, a popular Better Homes and Garden plan known as the "Maple Forest House", was built in 1997 and the first landscaping was put in that year. The two and one-fifth acre property is on a steep slope with rocky soil and surrounded by deep woods, while the garden and koi pond are close to the house with additional features further out in the lawn. The owners feel they live in the woods and must accommodate wildlife in their style of living and gardening. The lawn has not been treated with pesticides for ten or more years so in addition to grasses, ferns and mosses there are wildflowers and common weeds, including violets, white clover, dayflower, ground ivy, dandelions, smart weed, chicory, fleabane and thistle. Sunflowers and milkweed are encouraged to self-seed and provide food for birds and butterflies. Other wildlife seen on the property includes bears, foxes, chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels, coyotes, possums, skunks, bobcats, hawks, eagles, turkeys and deer that have lyme-disease ticks. The owners grow a small vegetable garden in plastic pots on one of the decks but are able to grow herbs in a raised bed next to the house. Annual flowers are grown in clay pots and hanging baskets, out of reach for digging dogs. The original koi pond was enlarged in 2015, a massive stone slab was installed as a bridge, and net screens attached to saplings and a plastic heron at the pond's edge keep predators away from the fish.
The garden owner is a former Garden Club of America club president.
Persons associated with the garden include Robert P. Powell (garden and pond design, 1997); Aquascapes of Connecticut (koi pond re-design and installation, 2015); Dan Isakson (lawn care, 2011- ); Dexter Cheney (woodlands and woodlot management, 2005- ).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and a bibliography.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CT750000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

McKinley Garden, 2011-2016

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Former owner:
Hartley Mr. & Mrs.
Landscaper:
Devine, Sandra
Cline, Mark
Head gardener:
Hernandez, Mario
Garden designer:
McKinley, Sue
Provenance:
Garden Club of Santa Barbara
Physical description:
1 folder+ 34 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
California
Santa Barbara
McKinley Garden (Santa Barbara, California)
Date:
2011
2011-2016
Notes:
Located in Santa Barbara, California, with views of both the Montecito Hills and the Pacific Ocean, McKinley Garden covers 2.2 acres of land. The property was bought by the current owners in 1988, and the garden and home were subsequently altered. The garden was changed from a tropical garden with banana and palm trees to an English-style garden complete with large grassy areas and high maintenance plantings. Over time, the English-style garden became unsustainable to maintain. Trips to France and interest in the French Provencal style became the impetus for the owners to transform their home into a Mediterranean villa-inspired house and garden between 2007 and 2012. Little remains from the English-style garden, aside from a sundial bearing the date 1661.
On-going droughts in Southern California caused the owners to replace much of the lawn with gravel. Gravel is not only drought-efficient but is also consistent with Mediterranean-style landscaping. The property has a pool on an upper level of the garden, which overlooks a lath house, tennis court, and climbing rose arbors. The garden consists of pathways, bridges, a gazebo, chicken coop, and pond. The pond is the central focus of the back garden with a bridge that was inspired by the bridge on painter Claude Monet's property in Giverny, France.
McKinley Garden includes a vegetable garden, an olive tree allee, and a rose garden. There are many types of fruit trees including oval and round Kumquat, Bearss and Kaffir Lime, and other edible plants, such as rosemary and pepper. There are other types of trees and many shrubs on the property. Garden ornamentation include large ceramic vases and a French wishing well.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Hartley (former owner, to 1988); Sandra Devine (landscaper, 1992-1998); Mark Cline (contractor and landscaper, 2011-2012); Mario Hernandez (landscaper and head gardener, 2011- ); Sue McKinley (garden designer, 1988- ).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, a planting list, and garden plans.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CA613000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

The White Garden, 2013

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Former owner:
Troy, Margaret
Troy, Ronald
Garden designer:
Pitts, Geri
Former owners:
Wilda Humphreys Estate
BHK Development Company
Kostka Investment Company
Provenance:
Little Garden Club of Memphis
Physical description:
1 folder+ 19 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Tennessee, Shelby, Memphis
Tennessee
Memphis
The White Garden (Memphis, Tennessee)
Date:
2013
Notes:
The White Garden was established in 2010 when the owners moved from a larger property to a home in a cul-de-sac on less than one-third acre. The garden design is formal, predominantly green with white flowers and pockets of brightly colored roses and hydrangeas for cutting. Several varieties of boxwood clipped into hedges, spheres and cones unify the front and rear gardens. There is a formal parterre next to the front door of the house with a stone obelisk featured at its center. A rose garden next to the garage is in a sunny location and is bordered by boxwood and a low stone wall. The walled back garden has a swimming pool with a wall fountain and a brick fireplace with a tall chimney. Confederate jasmine trained to mimic lattice grows on some of the walls while climbing hydrangea covers and softens other portions. Stepping stones along the side of the property peek out under colorful hydrangeas, clematis grown on tuteurs, and a small herb garden behind the fireplace. Urns and other planters have more foliage boxwood with primarily white flowers planted underneath.
Persons associated with the garden include Wilda Humphreys Estate (former owners); BHK Development Company (former owners, 1995); Kostka Investment Company (former owners, 1996); Margaret and Ronald Troy (former owners, 2003); Geri Pitts (garden designer, 2010).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and other information.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
TN120000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

The Underwood Garden, 1966-2013

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Architect:
Underwood, Julian
Garden designer:
Underwood, Suzanne
Gardener:
Brum, John
Sculptor:
Atwater, Nate
Smith, Nancy Train
Rudnicki, Ron
Construction:
Gonet, Walter
Provenance:
Garden Club of Buzzards Bay
Physical description:
1 folders + 18 35mm slides (photographs); 17 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Massachusetts, Bristol, South Dartmouth
Massachusetts
South Dartmouth
The Underwood Garden (South Dartmouth, Massachusetts)
Date:
1966
1966-2013
Notes:
Gardened by the same family since 1949 this 1.3 acre property with a "modern colonial style" house on stilts designed by the original owner features trees and shrubs. The temperatures at the coastal New England location are moderated by its proximity to water but the garden is subjected to high winds, salt air and, originally, thin rocky soil that was improved with homemade compost. The garden was planned for year round interest with trees and shrubs that would flower or fruit every month and conifers and broad leaved evergreens for winter. Lower limbs on some of the trees were removed to open the view to the bay, and the house was raised on stilts for the same reason. There are winding grassy paths throughout the gardens with narrow stone paths leading to the front door of the house and to the formal sunken garden. Many of the boxwood, hollies, junipers and rhododendron were rooted cuttings planted in the 1950's that have grown to full size while dwarf conifers have outgrown their cultivar status.
The planned succession of bloom times for this garden started in spring with magnolias and andomedas, followed by azaleas, crabapple and dogwood, then Japanese snowbell, hydrangeas and stewartia. Sourwood bloomed in august, franklinia in September, roses would continue blooming into November, and hollies provided color and decorative material in December. Specimen trees that are featured include blue China fir, dawn redwood, paperbark maple, a red jade crabapple, and several cut leaved red Japanese maples. Vegetable and rose gardens, irises and some perennial flowers have been added to the tree and shrub gardens over the years.
Persons associated with the garden include Julian and Suzanne Underwood (former owners, 1948-2001); Suzanne Stockard Underwood (garden designer, 1949-2001); Julian Underwood (architect, circa 1948); John Brum (gardener, 1960's-); Nate Atwater (sculptor, prior to 1985); Nancy Train Smith (sculptor, prior to 1999); Ron Rudnicki (sculptor of fish pond, 2003); Walter Gonet (garden shed construction, 1995).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of original plans and an article.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MA321000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Gregg Garden, 2016

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Former owners:
Wilson/Scott Families
Former owner:
Nickerson, Kate M.
Tucker, George S.
Locke, Jesse Albert
Dunstan, George P.
Howe, Sarah F.
Van Rensselaer, Stephen
Currier, Guy W.
Rowse, Marion
Rowse, Edward
Gardener:
Kerwin, Allison
Provenance:
Garden Club of Dublin NH
Physical description:
1 folder+ 14 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New Hampshire, Hillsborough, Peterborough
New Hampshire
Peterborough
Gregg Garden (Peterborough, New Hampshire)
Date:
2016
Notes:
This is an 81-acre property with the original 1797 Federal house, stone walls and steps, and the stone foundation of a barn where there is a sunken garden with a perennial border. Other garden rooms and features have been laid out on axes from the expanded house or sunken garden, including a cutting and vegetable garden, and a perennial border that leads to a restored wading pool. The formal gardens of the previous owners were relaxed by mixing swathes of flowers with clipped hedges, and adding statuary, pots and fountains, new terracing and patios. An island shade garden near the woodlands features a statue of Pan. Previously the forested landscape overshadowed the sunken garden so trees were removed and replaced by a meadow that opened the vista and made room for a new pond that has been designed to look as though it were natural.
Persons associated with the garden include Robert Wilson and members of the Wilson/Scott families (former owners, pre-1797-circa 1902); Mrs. Kate M. Nickerson (former owner, 1902- ); George S. Tucker (former owner, 1909- ); Jesse Albert Locke (former owner, 1917- ); George P. Dunstan; Sarah F. Howe; Stephen Van Rensselaer (former owners, circa 1925-circa 1947); Mrs. Guy W. Currier (former owner, circa 1947- ); Marion and Edward Rowse (former owners, circa 1960-1979); Allison Kerwin (gardener, circa 2000- ).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NH115000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Stout Garden, 2014-2015

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Former owner:
Blake, Charles
Garvin, Louise
Valashinas, Thomas
Budlong, Michael
Architect:
Barker, Russell F.
Landscape design:
Lloyd, Jackie
Nurseryman:
O'Brien, John
Garden designer:
Willard, Alice
Emma, Melissa
Landscape designer:
Schuster, Amy
Sargent, Samuel
Organic consultant:
Warner, Rusty
Provenance:
Garden Club of Hartford
Physical description:
1 folder+ 35 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Connecticut, Hartford, Hartford
Connecticut
Hartford
Stout Garden (Hartford, Connecticut)
Date:
2014
2014-2015
Notes:
This is a three-quarter acre urban garden growing since 1987 around a 1926 Tudor-style house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District property. The densely-planted gardens are described as an informal museum of perennials, native plants, shrubs and trees since the owners have created more gardens and kept adding plant materials for almost thirty years. The first foundation garden planted in front of the house included juniper, hollies, and rhododendrons, later filled in with dozens of perennials and more shrubs including azaleas, day lilies, hydrangea, iris, peonies, allium, hosta, mountain laurel, English ivy, geraniums and rhubarb. Now in front of the house there are perennial borders all the way to the street, alongside the driveway and in island beds around trees. In the first years of ownership a bluestone patio was built off the sun room, with a patio garden eventually planted with weigela, tree peony, ferns, ladies mantle, ginger and more. A long perennial border that contained only azaleas and a crabapple was amended with peonies, lilies, bachelor buttons, lady's mantle, anemone, coreopsis and more.
When two diseased hemlocks near the patio had to be removed a sunny garden area opened up that was planted with kousa dogwood, hydrangea, rhododendron and new varieties of hosta. A shaded woodland garden border was created for May apple, wood poppy, astilbe, ginger, lily-of-the-valley, Solomon's seal, blood root and a burr oak. Two raised beds for vegetables were added in the sunny lawn, growing tomatoes, peas, beans, squash, lettuce, carrots and basil.
Persons associated with the garden include Charles Blake (former owner, 1926-1946); Louise Garvin (former owner, 1946-1975); Thomas Valashinas (former owner, 1975-1978); Michael Budlong (former owner, 1978-1986); Russell F. Barker (architect, 1926); Jackie Lloyd (landscape design, 1987-1988); John O'Brien (nurseryman); Alice Willard (garden designer, 2009); Melissa Emma (garden designer, 2013-2015); Amy Schuster (landscape designer, 2014); Samuel Sargent (landscape designer, 2014); Rusty Warner (organic consultant, 2015-2016).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of historical information, images, invoices and plans.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CT747000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Smith Garden, 2012-2015

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Former owner:
Lloyd, John
Wagener, Adam
Lytle, Hays
Lytle, Letty
Follansbee, John H. Jr
Architect:
Labarthe, Jules
Landscape architect:
Marshall, Melissa
Garden design and horticulturist:
Liberto, Richard
Designer:
Schenck, Mikell
Horticulturist:
Benusa, Joy
Gardener:
Skalski, Chuck
Skalski, Elaine
Stone mason:
Lombardi, Dave
Arborist:
Miller, Stephen W.
Provenance:
Garden Club of Allegheny County
Landscape installation:
Kutchko Nursery, Inc
Physical description:
1 folders+ 35 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh
Smith Garden (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Date:
2012
2012-2015
Notes:
Installation of the Smith Garden was begun in 2011 on the two-acre property with a new L-shaped house and a smattering of mature trees; in 2013 this garden won their local Great Gardens Contest Large Garden Category award. Ornamental trees including holly, hemlock, Japanese maples, dogwood, serviceberry, spruce, oaks and pines were added to the standing white oak, beech, white pines, maples, tulip poplar, oaks and cucumber magnolia after other diseased and dead trees had been removed. The upper garden directly behind the house is entered through an arbor decked with rose and clematis. The center circle of lawn is surrounded by sun-loving perennials including day lilies, phlox, iris, and peonies. Throughout the garden there are repeated stands of smoke bush, lilacs, landscape roses, David Austin roses trained on obelisks and trimmed blue spruce with holly borders. Stands of holly and red twig dogwood create winter interest. Blue stone steps lead to the main patio and pergola; garden beds in this area are planted with dwarf conifers, sedums, spring bulbs, a succulent garden with a fountain, and a blue bush clematis the owner has moved from one garden to another for many years. On the lower elevation the shade garden has oak leaf hydrangea, hemlock, hostas, bleeding heart, spreading English yews, viburnum, rhododendron, spiraea, mountain laurel and buckeye.
Opposite the house across the driveway there is a stand of white pines with a mass of sumac for fall color. The walkway to the front door is composed of large flagstones that are permeable since underground springs have created problems in this garden. Planted areas with wet feet had to be raised. A bio-retention swale at a lower elevation planted with swamp white oak, bald cypress and other water tolerant plants collects the storm water run-off from the house and driveway. More property was purchased in 2013: close to one-half acre that was formerly woodlands but was inundated with wild rose, grape vine, honeysuckle, poison ivy and other invasive plants. This eyesore on the approach to the house was reforested with mostly native woody plants and herbaceous perennials, a wood chip walkway, wildflower meadow, wetland plants by a stream and grasses in the twenty foot set-back along the road required for utilities. Altogether 66 trees, 12 evergreens and 70 shrubs were planted, including beech, red maple, river birch, hawthorn, redbud, swamp azalea, dogwood, holly, and conifers. The wildflower meadow with coneflower, false indigo, bergamot, and aster attracts birds, honey bees and butterflies. Comprising the ground layer under the trees and shrubs are native plants including lobelia, swamp hibiscus, fern, and milkweed.
Persons associated with the garden include John Lloyd (former owner); Adam Wagener (former owner, 12/31/1883- ); Hays and Letty Lytle (former owners, 12/01/1925-); John H. Follansbee, Jr. (former owner, 2/20/1961-); Jules Labarthe, The Design Alliance (architect, 2009-2011); Melissa Marshall, MTR (landscape architect, 2009-2010); Richard Liberto (garden design and horticulturist, 2013-2015); Mikell Schenck (designer, 2008-2012); Joy Benusa (horticulturist, 2008-); Chuck and Elaine Skalski (gardeners, 2008-); Dave Lombardi (stone mason, 2008-); Stephen W. Miller, Bartlett Tree (arborist, 2009-); Kutchko Nursery & Eisler Landscapes (installation, 2010-2015).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
Publications:
This property is featured in "Nurturing a Newborn" by Kevin Kirkland, published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 5, 2013, p. B-1-B-3; "Transcendent Creation" by Susan Banks, published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 21,2015, p. F-1-F-5
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA170000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Stutts Garden, 2011-2015

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Former owner:
Turnbull, Charles
Turnbull, Priscilla
Hubbard, Elizabeth
Gardener:
Helsel, David
Provenance:
New London Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 19 35 mm slides (photographs); 1 photographic print (reference)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Connecticut, New London, Old Lyme
Connecticut
Old Lyme
Stutts Garden (Old Lyme, Connecticut)
Date:
2011
2011-2015
Notes:
This rural garden in Connecticut boasts of numerous varieties of ground cover plants and native plant material used in naturalistic informal plantings. The property posts many challenges for the gardener from dry shade to wet areas around the pond and lots of rocks. The pond was enlarged and edged with boulders to delineate it from the lawn by the current owner. Fill from the pond was then used for the barn and perennial gardens and raised beds for vegetables. A rock garden was also created, with several bluestone walks and steps added to the front and back of the house.
A mix of outdoor furniture was placed around the property, with two Adirondack chairs creating a seating area for the sunken perennial garden and one overlooking the pond. The patio has a mix of teak furniture and an antique metal bench overlooking the formal shade garden. Overall, the garden provides peace and privacy with the feeling of small rooms, the change of levels from one area to another, and the paths that go through the woodlands.
Persons associated with the garden include Priscilla and Charles Turnbull (former owners, 1970-1976); Elizabeth Hubbard (former owner, 1976-1991); and John David Helsel (gardener, 1995-2010).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of plans.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CT748000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

MacGregor Gardens, 2016

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Garden designer:
Johnston, Gary
Provenance:
Carrie T. Watson Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 18 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Erie, Fairview
Pennsylvania
Fairview
MacGregor Gardens (Fairview, Pennsylvania)
Date:
2016
Notes:
Prior to 1978 the 1.7 acre wedge shaped parcel was primarily woodlands on a hillside, part of an earlier farm and orchard, with two ridges and a small creek. One ridge was left as found, with matures trees: oak, maple, tulip poplar, wild cherry and hemlock plus ferns and wild roses. By 1980 the house had been built on a leveled platform with only a few willow trees left on that site. Conifers were planted first, including Austrian pine, hemlock, larch, arborvitae and juniper, with English ivy, pachysandra, day lilies, Shasta daisies, Japanese iris and hydrangea transplanted from a previous home's garden. Deciduous trees were planted next including fruit trees, white birch, Japanese maples and crab apples, and crown vetch was planted as a ground cover to hold the slopes and provide playing fields for children. In 1995 the vetch was replaced with ornamental gardens of perennials, shrubs and bulbs with rocks and winding paths strategically placed on the slopes.
Since the gardens climb the hillside to the woodlands a hand-built arbor was added in 1998 to act as a gateway between the cultivated and naturalized areas. Plants in the cultivated gardens include many hosta varieties, azaleas, rhododendron, rose of Sharon and peonies; vines include trumpet vine, clematis and wisteria; and bulbs include daffodils, tulips, iris, crocuses and snowdrops. There are small gardens at the front and back doors of the house and outside the garage that include roses, climbing roses, calla lilies, junipers, chrysanthemums, holly and pieris Japonica. Other features include gazing globes, a woodlands fort, birdhouses and a cluster of painted rocks for a fairy garden.
Persons associated with the garden include Gary Johnston (garden design).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheetsand additional images.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA822000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

LL's Garden, 2011-2015

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Former owner:
Henson, Paul
Henson, Betty
Gardener:
Gibson, Lorelei
Landscaper:
The Greensman
Provenance:
Westport Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 21 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Kansas, Johnson, Mission Hills
Kansas
Mission Hills
LL's Garden (Mission Hills, Kansas)
Date:
2011
2011-2015
Notes:
A side yard of 3000 square feet was transformed into a series of formal garden rooms with boxwood borders, brick walkways and strategically placed bronze sculptures. The large brick house had no views of the outdoors since the courtyard in back was covered by a Plexiglas conservatory, and the heart-shaped small courtyard at the front door was hidden by unpruned trees and boxwood. Tall trees on the neighbors' properties shaded the side yard which needed to be graded before boxwood hedges and brick walkways could be installed. Privacy was achieved by planting white pines, yew hedges and hemlock. A bluestone stepping stone path leads from the front of the house to the brick walkway and first garden room with perennial flower beds on either side of the walk and a large planted urn at the end of the walk. On the other side of the boxwood hedge there is an herb garden with dwarf fruit trees planted in containers and some of the owners' collection of millstones used to contain individual plants. A small kitchen garden is sited next to the house across the main walkway. Bronze sculptures with azaleas, hydrangea and vinca and lirope groundcovers are next in the progression to the rear of the property. There one finds a miniature garden and cutting garden with an armillary sphere and an arbor.
In the courtyard behind the house there are dogwood and hydrangea and white flowers bordered by boxwood, and a central brick fountain with a putti and goldfish; the conservatory was removed. The front courtyard garden planted with boxwood, Japanese maple and English ivy is entered through a wrought iron gate. In front of the house there is a semi-circular driveway with a lawn and mature trees. Across the driveway under the trees a garden with boxwood, yew, allium and hosta has a whimsical topiary gnome.
Persons associated with the garden include Paul and Betty Henson (former owners, 1966-2010); The Greensman (landscape and hardscape, 2010); Lorelei Gibson (garden designer, gardener and horticulturist, 2011).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
Publications:
This property is featured in "Starting from the Beginning" by Chuck Robinson, published by Garden Center Association of Kansas City, March-April 2011, p. 8-9; "Gorgeous Garden" published in The Independent Magazine, November 10, 2012, p. 31; The Kansas City Gardener, March 2013; The Independent Magazine, May 4, 2013; p. 10
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
KS035000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Birdcraft Gardens, 2013-2016

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Former owner:
Jennings, Annie Burr
Wright, Mabel Osgood
Architect:
Clarke, Cameron
Franzen, John P
Landscape architect:
Eckerson, Alice
Kenny, William
Loglisci, Andrew
Owner:
Connecticut Audubon Society
Provenance:
Sasqua Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 30 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield, Fairfield
Connecticut
Fairfield
Birdcraft Gardens (Fairfield, Connecticut)
Date:
2013
2013-2016
Notes:
The Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary was founded in 1914 by ornithologist and author Mabel Osgood Wright on ten acres of land, former pasture that had been donated and deeded to the fledgling Connecticut Audubon Society. It was established as a refuge for migratory and other song birds; the birds prefer open or partly bushed fields with some tall trees so the early plantings augmented the trees and shrubs already growing. The existing trees included mature oaks, Pepperidge, cedars, maples, black cherries and alders, and trailing wild berries. To prepare the sanctuary pines, spruce and hemlocks were planted for windbreaks, mountain ash, mulberries, sweet cherries, flowering shrubs and vines were planted for food, and several stone birdbaths and numerous bird houses were installed as well as a cat-proof fence. Additional plantings included blackberries, dewberries, thimble berries, strawberries, huckleberries, blueberries, chokeberries, sumacs, wild grapes, wild plum, shad bush, elderberries, wild roses, sweetbriar and honeysuckle.
Starting in 2013 the Sasqua Garden Club has been restoring five different garden habitats with native plants that will support the ecosystem of animals, birds, insects and microorganisms. The gardens are living classrooms for the outdoor science-based education and augment the exhibits in the museum, also undergoing restoration. While many trees, shrubs and native perennials recur throughout the sanctuary, now reduced to six acres, each garden has a distinctive profile. The Woodland edge garden contains red chokeberry, dogwood, magnolia, and crab apple with spicebush, rhododendron, viburnum and an understory of coral bells, ferns, Virginia bluebells, and phlox. The Meadow garden includes wild flowers, winterberry, cedars and dogwood, grasses and low and high bush blueberries. In the Wetland garden there are Juneberry, serviceberry, milkweed, native azaleas, spicebush, river birch, native flowers and ferns. The Seaside garden has butterfly weed, sedge, beach plum, grasses and bayberry. The Terrace garden has mountain laurel, holly, honeysuckle, sumac, willow, coneflower and potentilla.
Birdcraft Sanctuary has been an important community resource ever since it opened in 1914. Every year birds are trapped in soft nets, counted, inspected, tagged and released supplying useful data on migratory bird populations. The sanctuary was enrolled on the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1982 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1993.
Persons associated with the garden include Annie B. Jennings (former owner, -1914); Mabel Osgood Wright (1859-1934) (founder of Birdcraft Sanctuary, 1914-circa 1934); Connecticut Audubon Society (owners since 1914);Cameron Clarke (1887-1957) (architect of the Swallow Chimney, 1937); Jack Franzen, (architect of new museum space, 2012-2014); Alice Eckerson (landscape architect, 2013- ); William Kenny (ecological services, 2013-2014); Andrew Loglisci (water features, -2016).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles and other documents, and additional images.
Publications:
This property is featured in "The Making of Birdcraft Sanctuary" by Mabel Osgood Wright, Bird-Lore (Office Organ of the Audubon Societies), July-August 1915, updated in 1918, 1922, 1927; "Bird Sanctuary Survives" by Harold Hornstein, New Haven Register, March 17, 1985; "Audubon Getting Centennial Facelift" by Shawn O'Sullivan, Fairfield Sun, December 19, 2013; "Garden Club Builds Audubon 'Living Classroom'", Fairfield Sun, June 2, 2014
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CT744000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Lavery Garden, 2015-2016

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Former owner:
Bercume, Ophelia
Edgar, Albert C.
Leddy, Ethel
Somers, Edwin H.
Somers, Patricia R.
Petersen, Harriet
Romanos, Constance J.
Mellick, O. Waring
Mellick, Susan
Edgar Company
Architect:
Johnson, Herbert T.
Landscape designer:
Burnham, Cora
Provenance:
Hortulus Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 27 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield, Greenwich
Connecticut
Greenwich
Lavery Garden (Greenwich, Connecticut)
Date:
2015
2015-2016
Notes:
The approximately two acre sloping property has a 1930's Tudor style house with a dovecote on the roof, natural rock formations, whimsical boxwood topiaries, a koi pond and a 24-square foot potager within owner-designed deer fencing: low stone walls topped with pierced wood panels. Beginning work in 1983 the current owners had to clear away rampant ivy and weeds to discover the rock ledges, three existing connecting pools, neglected shrubbery and gravel paths. Some of the benches placed around the property were built from stones found there. There is an expansive lawn between the house and street and many mature trees although some have been lost to storms in recent years. Antique stone containers are filled with seasonal flowers and tropical plants including bananas and hibiscus are grown in containers so they can be cut back and overwintered in the garage. The gardens have been grown organically for more than thirty years.
Within the fenced potager the owner grows vegetables, herbs, perennial flowers and roses with annual marigolds around the perimeter to discourage pests. Large clover-shaped and basket-shaped topiary boxwood are featured on the front side of the house, under planted with catmint, giant allium, daffodils, carpet roses and sedum. There are lantana standards in the pool garden and near the covered porch there is a white garden with David Austin rose standards, hydrangea, white bearded iris, and Casablanca lilies. Deer resistant scilla, vinca minor, fern and trillium are grown as understory in the woodland garden and combination plantings and sprays are used to discourage deer from the unfenced gardens around the house.
Persons associated with the garden include Ophelia Bercume (former owner, prior to 1929); the Edgar Company (former owners, 1929-1932); Albert C. Edgar (former owner, 1932-1936); Ethel Leddy (former owner, 1936-1944); Edwin H. and Patricia R. Somers (former owners, 1944-1948); Harriet Petersen (former owner, 1948-1951); Constance J. Romanos (former owner, 1951-1953); O. Waring and Susan Mellick (former owners, 1961-1983); Herbert T. Johnson (architect, circa 1932); Cora Burnham, Sanctuary Garden Design (landscape designer, 2009 and 2013).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles and historic images.
Publications:
This property is featured in "How Does Her Garden Grow?" by Elizabeth Craig Wells, published in Serendipity, August & September 2010, pp. 112-119; "The Vegetable Patch Goes Luxe" by Ellen Gamerman, published in The Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2008, P. W8; "Tilling with a Silver Spoon" by Ellen Gamerman, published in The Hartford Courant, August 22, 2008, Home section pp. 1 and 4; "How Do Their gardens Grow?" By Kristan Zimmer, published in Greenwich Post, June 11, 2009, pp. 19A and 24A
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CT745000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Lewis Garden (NH), 2014-2015

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Provenance:
Garden Club of Dublin NH
Physical description:
1 folder+ 12 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New Hampshire, Cheshire, Dublin
New Hampshire
Dublin
Lewis Garden (Dublin, New Hampshire)
Date:
2014
2014-2015
Notes:
The owners describe their collection of approximately one hundred different trees and shrubs in the four season garden they designed as a new plantsmen's country garden. There are seven distinct gardens on the 45-acre property that also was designed to blend into the surrounding woodlands. The first garden to be seen approaching the house is a shaded woodlands garden with specimen trees and shrubs, mixed perennials in the understory beds and gravel paths. A 30-foot spring garden with ferns is off to one side. Next to the house there is a gravel patio with a trough garden planted with succulents and dwarf conifers. At the edge of the patio there is a 25-foot walled garden that has wooden fencing atop a low stone wall. Mount Monadnock is to the south, seen over a low stone wall that has a rock garden at one end and an island fall garden set in the field beyond. West of the house there is a woodland garden with a berries for birds garden at the south end.
Some of the trees, shrubs and perennials in this garden were obtained at Garden Club of America exchanges or from the seeds of arboretum trees. The many varieties of trees include Chinese elm, American yellowwood, American hop hornbeam, Japanese zelkova serrata, Japanese emperor oak, weeping tupelo, katsura, a cross of paperback and Norway maples, Ohio buckeye, and sugar maples, as well as native trees and shrubs. There is a small greenhouse at the house and a tree nursery on the property.
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, maps and other documentation.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NH114000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

[Coke Garden] [slide]: rock garden

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Photographer:
Hunt, Caroline L
Provenance:
Founders Garden Club of Dallas
Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Texas
Dallas
Coke Garden (Dallas, Texas)
Date:
1996
1996 Feb. 24
Summary:
The large rockery.
Topic:
Gardens
Rock gardens
Spring
Local number:
TX008001
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

[Oakhurst Gardens] [slide]: gardens

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Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Indiana, Delaware County, Muncie
Indiana
Muncie
Oakhurst (Muncie, Ind.)
Date:
1894
[198-?]
Notes:
Unknown photographer.
Summary:
Gardens at Oakhurst.
Topic:
Gardens
Perennials
Shrubs
Rocks
Local number:
IN033009
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Hicks Garden, 1995-2012

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Landscape architect:
Dargan, Mary Palmer
Dargan Landscape Architects
Landscaper:
Crouch, Jerry
Drake, Judy
Landscaping:
Sunscapes Landscape Design, Inc
Provenance:
Late Bloomers Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 15 digital images; 2 35 mm slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Florida, Duval County, Jacksonville
Florida
Jacksonville
Hicks Garden (Jacksonville, Florida)
Date:
1995
1995-2012
Notes:
Established in 1995, this garden was created when the owner's childhood home was joined with a neighboring property to create a single residence with a guesthouse on the merged 2 acres of land. Located in the historic Ortega District, the property is situated on the banks of the St. Johns River overlooking the cityscape of Jacksonville. The two homes of the integrated properties were joined into a contiguous structure with the addition of a linking loggia forming a breezeway between the two buildings. With the merging of the properties, a new terraced garden was established on the northeast side of the property. The riverside garden is separated from brackish tidal waters by a seawall which helps to protect the property from storm damage.
An armillary sphere sits as the centerpiece of the rose garden on the lower terrace. Perennial cutting beds flank circular bluestone steps which lead to a small lawn forming the upper terrace. A wisteria covered pergola on the porch of the guesthouse overlooks the terraced garden with views of the river and the Jacksonville cityscape beyond.
To the south east of the guesthouse a pair of stone terraces linked by brick paths lead to a garden house and a guitar shaped lawn. Garden seating and a wishing well serve as the focal points of the southern garden area.
Featuring a color pallet dominated by pinks, corals peaches and yellows, prominent plantings include Fortuniana roses, hydrangeas, and delphinium, as well as spring annuals such as snapdragons, cleome, pansies, and stock.
Persons associated with the property include: Mary Palmer Dargan of Dargan Landscape Architects (landscape architect, 1991-1995); and Jerry Crouch and Judy Drake of Sunscapes Landscape Designs (landscape architects, 1995).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and copies of articles.
Publications:
This property is featured in: "Keys to a beautiful garden," by Steve Binder in Southern Living Magazine, May 2004, pp. 76-77; "Ties that bind," by Philip Morris in Southern Accents, Fall 1998; "Our best gardens, designed for looks," in Southern Living magazine, Spring 2006; and in Timeless landscape design: The four-part master plan, by Hugh Graham Dargan and Mary Palmer Dargan, Salt Lake City, Utah : Gibbs Smith, 2007, pp. 112-113, 140-141
Topic:
Gardens
Rose gardens
Local number:
FL176000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Warren House-Tunnard Garden, 2012-2015

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Former owner:
Tanner Family
Gardner, Samuel F.
Lawton, Robert
Lawton, Penelope
Austin, Samuel Reverend
Henderson, Francis
Brinley, Fanny S.
Lawrence, Sallie C.
Paul, Allen G.
Paul, Florence S.
Warren, George
Warren, Katherine Urquhart
Preservation Society of Newport County
Gardener:
Pleitez, Eusebio
Landscape designer:
Tunnard, Christopher
Provenance:
Newport Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 10 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Rhode Island, Newport, Newport
Rhode Island
Newport
Warren House-Tunnard Garden (Newport, Rhode Island)
Date:
2012
2012-2015
Notes:
This Modernist garden was created right after World War II, designed by Christopher Tunnard. It still survives today, perhaps the only existing commissioned landscape design by the man who influenced many of the United States most celebrated postwar architects and landscape architects. At only 65' x 42', the garden has an extreme austerity in design with a hint of luxury in its fountains, thick hedges and sculpture. The plants are cut and trimmed into an ordained shape, and the pattern is designed to be seen from the ground, where its curves interlock and turn back on themselves. Only two kinds of trees are used - lime (Tilia) and arbor vitae (Thuja); and three kinds of permanent plants - ivy (Hedera), box (Buxus) and yew (Taxus). The lime trees will eventually be pleached into an architectural block to throw the ground pattern into even greater contrast. The ivy is in slightly raised mounds, edged in places with small summer flowers. The bedding plants are purple and white petunias with carnations and lemon-yellow thunbergias." The sculpture, 'Chimerical Font,' by Jean Arp, is golden bronze centered on a plinth in a black lacquered rectangular pool. The other pools (two circular, one biomorphic) are shallow and painted white. Of note are the unusual shapes of the pruned boxwoods in the shapes of question marks and semi-colons; the colorful flowers; and the 6th linden along the left and end wall, now covered in Boston ivy, and originally painted white to complete a design that very much relied on strong figure-ground relationship.
Christopher Tunnard (1910-1979) was born in Canada, moved to England in 1929 and received a diploma from the Royal Horticultural Society the following year. The period of the eclectic Arts and Crafts movement (which he characterized as "romantic trivialization" of garden design) prompted him to introduce his Modernist views of landscape design. This approach avoided decoration, sentimentality and classical allusion "in favor of functional minimalist designs that provided a friendly and hospitable milieu for rest and recreation." After 10 years practicing garden and landscape work, he immigrated to America at the invitation of Walter Gropius to teach at Harvard's Graduate School of Design (1938-1943). Following the War, Tunnard taught city planning at Yale, advancing to professor and chairman of this department; he did little garden design from that point forward, making this 1949 garden probably one of his last commissions. For the final thirty years of his life, Tunnard put his energies into urban planning and the preservation of historic buildings; his publications in this area include "Man-made America: Chaos or Control?" (1963) which won the 1964 National Book Award in Science, Philosophy and Religion. It is perhaps ironic that Christopher Tunnard ended up of very much the same sentiment as his American patron, Mrs. George W. (Katherine) Warren, founder of the Preservation Society of Newport County (1945). In "Pioneers of American Landscape Design," (2000), Lance Neckar notes that "by the time of his death, he had come full circle to be identified with conservation-and-preservation-oriented attributes toward city revitalization which were antithetical to the Modern movement" that Tunnard had originally espoused.
Tunnard's patrons, George and Katherine Warren, who purchased the property on Mill Street in 1933, chose a part of Newport that was then considered "the other side of the tracks" by their social set, most of whom resided out on Ocean Drive. In New York, where the couple lived "off season," Katherine Warren collected modern art and was on the Advisory Committee of the Museum of Modern Art. Interesting to note that the garden was commissioned in 1949 and distinguished by its functional, minimalist modern design in sharp contrast with its early Federal-style house. The Warrens also added two glass-enclosed rooms on the first and second floors of their home on the garden side, presumably to enjoy this new garden to its full extent. Mrs. Warren died in 1976, bequeathing her home to the Preservation Society of Newport County, which moved its offices to this location in 1977. While the Preservation Society of Newport County owned the property, the garden was heavily shaded by a large beech tree and had become overgrown. It was maintained as they found it without major renovation. The current owner moved into the Mill Street house in 1994 and restored the Tunnard garden in 2001 and has proven to be a conscientious caretaker of this rare, nationally significant garden.
Persons associated with the garden include Tanner Family (former owners, 1776-1807); Samuel F. Gardner (former owner, 1807-1809); Robert Lawton (former owner, 1809-1810); Penelope Lawton (former owner, 1810-1822); Reverend Samuel Austin (former owner, 1822-1826); Francis Henderson (former owner, 1826-1857); Fanny S. Brinley (former owner, 1857-1863); Sallie C. Lawrence (former owner, 1863-1886); Allen G. Paul (former owner, 1886-1916); Florence S. Paul (former owner, 1916-1932); George and Katherine Warren (former owners, 1932-1977); Preservation Society of Newport County (former owner, 1977-1994); Christopher Tunnard (landscape designer, 1949); Eusebio Pleitez (gardener, 2001- ).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, photocopies of articles and historic images.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
RI201000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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