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Landscape designer:
Comeau, Michelle  Search this
Sculptor of railings:
Signorella, Robert  Search this
Former owner:
All Saints' Episcopal Church  Search this
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea  Search this
Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Archival materials
City Hall, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Constance Meach Ridder Memorial Garden (Carmel-by-the-Sea, California)
United States of America -- California -- Monterey -- Carmel-by-the-Sea
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and local newspaper articles.
Private donations and public funds and manpower enabled the creation of a public memorial garden outside the arts and crafts city hall building in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Before this project was approved there were inappropriate plantings that had to compete with tree roots and canopy, walkways and front steps that were uneven, deteriorating wooden handrails, run-off from the roof falling directly on the garden; and the retaining wall separating the garden area from the parking lot was crumbling. The sloping site was cleared and re-graded so all the new walkways would be ADA-compliant. The cement steps were repaired, sand-blasted and repainted and the retaining wall was replaced. Drainage problems were corrected and California natives better suited to drought conditions were planted. Large rustic pots are planted with annuals, and changed each season. Hand-crafted iron railings made by Robert Signorella and a recirculating fountain made from a redwood stump add design features. The old wooden hand-rails were repurposed as backs for the cement benches on the patio.
The public garden is in memory of Connie Ridder, a long-time member of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club. In one of the flower beds there is a granite stone with a bronze plaque dedication to her.
Persons associated with the garden include: All Saints' Episcopal Church (former owners, 1913-1951); City of Carmel-by-the-Sea (owners, 1951- ); Michelle Comeau (landscape designer (2012); Robert Signorella (sculptor of railings).
Related Materials:
City Hall, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Constance Meach Ridder Memorial Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (9 digital images)
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 -- California -- Carmel-by-the-Sea  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File CA605
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens