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Former owner:
Perkins, Stephen  Search this
Tyler, Morris F.  Search this
Tyler, Delia  Search this
Tyler, Victor M.  Search this
Tyler, Leonard S.  Search this
Tyler, Ernest F.  Search this
Tyler, Audobon  Search this
Hitchcock, Alice  Search this
Hitchcock, Harry  Search this
Crosby, Sumner McKnight  Search this
Crosby, Sarah T.  Search this
Orr, Douglas  Search this
Landscape architect:
Kycia, Douglas S.  Search this
Radford, Jennifer  Search this
Garden Club of New Haven  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Archival materials
Cupola Hill (Woodbridge, Conn.)
United States of America -- Connecticut -- New Haven County -- Woodbridge
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes a garden description, slide list, garden plan and information sheet done by GCA researcher Jennifer Radford. The garden is noted for its formal garden and how it contrasts with the looser formal areas.
"Two generations of the same family have developed the garden at Cupola Hill, an old property. Open fields and woodland surround the gently north-sloping land. Fieldstone retaining walls were built to accommodate the slope and provide level terraces around the house. Two-tier borders in an L-shape centered on a pergola circled by boxwood, and anchored at the corners by arborvitae, formed earliest garden."
"A cutting garden due south of the pergolas with a central rose arbor leading to a small fountain is screened from the main garden. The mature arborvitae are now a major feature in this quite formal section of the garden. A magnificent white oak stands on the open lawn. The gazebo has been there since 1901. South of the driveway circle are flowering trees and shrubs in an open lawn; a berm beside the driveway is planted with shrubs, native plants and spring bulbs."
"The property was acquired by the second generation in 1990. They have restored the garden, relocated mature evergreens, extended the retaining walls in a free form which complements the 1970's pool, added the pool terrace, and planted the new raised area with a mix of alpines, perennials and evergreens. At the edge of the woodland and around the gazebo, a naturalistic shade garden has been developed. Color is extended to the north by the quarter-circle bed of perennials and the rose garden."
"Four and a half acres on a 20.5 acre property make up the garden area. Spatially the effect is generous. The traditional formal section contrasts with the looser informal areas under the trees and the somewhat tight treatment edging the house terraces, providing great visual interest. In addition this old garden is beautifully maintained by current owners who are skillful horticulturists."
Persons associated with the property include: Stephen P. Perkins (former owner in 1837); Morris F. and Delia Tyler (formers owner in 1891); Victor Morris Tyler (former owner in 1909); Leonard S.Tyler (former owner in 1909); Ernest F. Tyler (former owner in 1909); Audobon Tyler (former owner in 1909); Alice and Harry Hitchcock (former owners in 1927); Sumner McKnight Crosby (former owner in 1940); Sarah W. Crosby (former owner); Douglas Orr (architect in 1940 to 1941); Douglas S. Kycia (landscape architect in 1991 from Bethany, CT).
Related Materials:
Cupola Hill Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (40 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 -- Woodbridge  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File CT192
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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