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Landscape architect:
Schneider, Nina  Search this
Farley, Alice Hamilton  Search this
Garden designer:
Purple, Leslie  Search this
Plant Connection, The  Search this
Wissahickon Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Archival materials
La Colline (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia County -- Philadelphia
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information about the house and garden.
Beginning in 1998, the gardens on the .75-acre La Colline site in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia were completely redesigned to reflect the French architectural influences of its Second Empire-inspired house. Naturalistic woodsy gardens at the edge of the property evolve into more tightly organized and controlled planting spaces closer to the main house. On the north and west sides of the main house a series of outdoor "rooms" connect an original side porch to a newly installed 30' x 30' rear terrace. These rooms are linked together visually with the repetitive use of plant material and forms such as yew and boxwood hedges, espaliered pear, Manhattan Euonymus, ivy, clematis, and topiary. The terrace features clipped yew and boxwood hedges, masses of hellebores, and a "hedge" of pleached European Hornbeam trees, while its most stunning horticultural features are a matching pair of Full Moon maple trees and a mature Katsura tree. Additional elements include a fountain and aquatic garden. In the front garden, located on the southwest side of the main house, a highly stylized, elliptically shaped lawn is ringed with mature hollies and masses of golden spirea. There is a perennial garden in front of the stone retaining wall flanking the entrance to the main house. Throughout the garden containers are planted seasonally with masses of controlled color, punctuating the overall design of each garden space.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include Nina Schneider (landscape architect, 2003 to date); Leslie Purple (garden designer, 2000-2003); Alice Farley (garden designer, 2000-2003); and The Plant Connection (garden designers, 2000-2003).
Related Materials:
La Colline related holdings consist of 1 folder (9 35 mm. slides (photographs))
Collection 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:
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Gardens -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File PA672
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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Pennsylvania
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens