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Garden designer:
Eddison, Sydney, 1932-  Search this
Garden Club of New Haven  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Archival materials
Echo Valley Garden (Newtown, Connecticut)
United States of America -- Connecticut -- Fairfield County -- Newtown
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes a worksheet and garden plan.
Echo Valley Garden was transformed from an old farm property over a 40-year time span. In the large garden behind the house, island beds are set at the north and west of a spacious lawn. To the west, a 100 ft. long border of bulbs, perennials and a collection of daylilies runs irregularly along a sloping bank. The fall of the land to the east is defined into upper and lower lawns by a long juniper hedge trimed close on the edge of the upper lawn to carry the eye along the vista. The lower laen, once an orchard, is planted with flowering trees and shrubs around two old apple trees. Circling the property are old fieldstone walls with an electric deer fence. A feature of this garden is its many controlled contrasts of form and color. Island beds consist of of dwarf evergreens, variegated plants, flowering perennials, and ornamental grasses. Around the house is a seasonal display of small and large containers filled with colorful exotics and annuals.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: John H. Mulliken (former owner, 1911-1940); Isabel Y. Knox (former owner, 1940-1960); Elizabeth MacDonald (sculptor of ceramic and fountain globes); Emil Racenet (twig and metal gate); and Sydney Eddison (garden designer, 1960-present).
Related Materials:
Echo Valley Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (27 35 mm. slides)
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 -- Connecticut -- Newtown  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File CT327
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Connecticut
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens