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Des Moines -- Raven Haven

Provenance:
Des Moines Founders Garden Club  Search this
Des Moines Founders Garden Club  Search this
Former owner:
Polk, Harrison  Search this
McCord, Mary  Search this
Creator:
Fisk, Charlotte  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Digital images
Place:
Raven Haven (Des Moines, Iowa)
United States of America -- Iowa -- Polk County -- Des Moines
Scope and Contents:
9 digital images, 30 photographic prints (2016-2017) and 1 file folder.
General:
A six-foot stucco wall across the front of this property is a remnant of its history as part of a large estate and orchard, now less than one-half acre with a one-story brick house and garden house. Behind the wall is a fairly formal front garden with spring blooming cherry and crab apple trees among the varying textures and shades of green shrubbery and ground covers. A few of the artifacts in the front garden include a chimney pot, a pair of brass finials, and a pair of tall, lank sculptures of women named East and West. A salvaged iron gate and brick walkway mark the entrance from the driveway. A pair of columns painted pink introduce the highly individualistic back garden assemblage of repurposed salvage, posts with mementoes for each family member, bottle trees, angel statues, a metal spider web suspended in a tree, a thicket and children's corner and sculptures created by the artist/owner. There is a sunny perennial bed in front of the deck planted with phlox, monarda, roses and coneflowers. Other perennials include lilies, rudbeckia, meadow daisy, achillea, plumbago and clematis, with red a favored color. A prairie tribute features miscanthus grass and a collage of rusty farm equipment mounted on the back fence. Several varieties of pine were planted for privacy by the owners circa 1975. The lower limbs of the trees have dropped since then, creating a small woodlands path. An outdoor room for cool evenings is furnished with benches and other furniture, candelabra, and bottle trees. Irregular fieldstone paths and cobblestone lead around the back garden including an "All Things Sculptural" path edged with hydrangeas, yew, Japanese maples and iris.

Persons associated with the garden include: Harrison Polk (former owner, 1900-1948); Dr. Charlotte Fisk and Miss Mary McCord (former owners, 1948-1975). Designers Elizabeth Murray (garden designer, 2006) and Douglas Hoerr (landscape architect, 2012) provided advice on the design.
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- Iowa -- Des Moines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital images
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File IA027
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Iowa
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref31679

Memphis -- Robinwood

Landscape architect:
Moody, Duke  Search this
Architect:
Pellet, Tom  Search this
Provenance:
Memphis Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Robinwood (Memphis, Tennessee)
United States of America -- Tennesee -- Shelby County -- Memphis
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information.
General:
This garden was initially located on 250 acres. It was primarily comprised of a farm with various outbuildings to house different farm animals including milk cows, Hereford and Angus bulls, horses, pigs, turkeys, chickens, sheep and goats. The barn and the house was designed by Everett Woods. The barn, overlooking a lake, included stalls and a large two story open area for farm equipment. According to the daughter of the owner, American singer Rufus Thomas played in the hay loft where parties were frequently held. A pool, fed by well water, was built into the side of a hill. During the summers it was drained and filled each week. Garden features included woodland walks, bermsn, ristas, lawns, bulb gardens and wooded paths.
Persons associated with the property include: Duke Moody (landscape architect, probably 1950s-70s); Tom Pellet (landscape architect, 1990s); Everett Woods (architect, 1930).
Related Materials:
Robinwood related holdings consist of 1 folder (6 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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- Tennessee -- Memphis  Search this
Farms  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File TN074
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Tennessee
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref10903

Carmel-by-the-Sea -- Dougherty Garden

Landscape designer:
Dougherty, Jim  Search this
O'Connell, Billy  Search this
Owner:
Dougherty, Jim  Search this
Contractor:
O'Connell, Billy  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Dougherty Garden (Carmel, California)
United States of America -- California -- Monterey County -- Carmel-by-the-Sea
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets.
General:
Situated in the Carmel Valley, this site was developed from four acres of former strawberry fields into an attractive, colorful garden. Highlights include four large raised beds created from 300 tons of Carmel stone, a productive orchard, a barn, a broad expanse of lawn, many antique birdhouses, and examples of early California farm equipment used as garden ornaments.
Persons associated with the garden include: Jim Dougherty (landscape designer and owner, 1989 to date) and Billy O'Connell (landscape designer and contractor, 1989 to date).
Related Materials:
Dougherty Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (8 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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- California -- Carmel  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File CA320
See more items in:
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
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24179

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