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Venturi, Robert  Search this
Schoellkopf, George  Search this
Jordin, Julie  Search this
Garden designer:
Jordin, Julie  Search this
Nantucket Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Archival materials
Innisfree (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
United States of America -- Massachusetts -- Nantucket County -- Nantucket
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles and other information.
Innisfree is a beach property on a spit of land between marshes and ocean bay that presented the owner, a life-long gardener, with the challenge of creating a garden in sand. The shingled house with large columns supporting the porch roof was designed in 1990 by architect Robert Venturi, but the gardens on the ten and two-third acres property were inspired by Frank Cabot, founder of the Nature Conservancy, and George Schoellkopf. The first steps taken stabilized the planting areas by filling stone lined trenches with potting soil. The featured rectangular garden is a secret, sunken garden, called a ha-ha after the English practice of digging a steep drop-off along one side of a garden to keep out the livestock, here deer and rabbits. The sunken elevation provides protection from the salt spray and drying winds of the oceanside location so more delicate plants can be grown there. Other garden areas feature native plants that are hardier, and an herb garden is protected by a clipped privet hedge.
Kiwi, trumpet and grape vines grow on a pergola that shades a seating area with a table made from a huge millstone. Another large stone feature is an olive grinding stone re-purposed as a fountain, with three giant frog sculptures playing instruments nearby. Other millstones and granite boulders are set throughout Innisfree, as are antique ironwork features. A garden between the house and the ha-ha is filled with colorful summer flowers and bordered by rugosa roses.
Persons associated with the garden include: Robert Venturi (architect, 1990-1991); George Schoellkopf (horticulturist); and Julie Jordin (horticulturist and garden designer, 1996).
Related Materials:
Innisfree related holdings consist of 1 folder (12 digital images)
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Gardens -- Massachusetts -- Nantucket  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File MA386
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Massachusetts
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens