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Windsor -- Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden

Garden designer:
Ogden, Lauren Springer  Search this
Collection Creator:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden (Windsor, Colorado)
United States of America -- Colorado -- Larimer and Weld -- Windsor
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
General:
From 1988 to 1995 a corner lot in a semi-arid climate with two median strips inspired the term "hellstrip" for the narrow and challenging gardens between the sidewalk and the street. Inspired by the need for an aesthetic overhaul, the owner tore out all the lawns on the property, approximately one-quarter acre, and replaced the grass with perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses, succulents, spruce and cactus that would thrive without watering once the plants were established. The patchwork design was inspired by other gardens in wetter climates, particularly Ireland where the owner had worked, achieving the effect without plentiful moisture. Plants that did not thrive were pulled out. The hellstrips were seven feet wide and approximately 70 feet long, nearly 500 square feet in total. There was a town ordinance limiting the height of anything on the strips - organic or otherwise. Several applications of weed killer were followed by digging out debris and grubbing out juniper and tree stumps.
Plant selection for the hellstrips included seed-grown plants and bulbs that were drought-tolerant, non-invasive and not too tall. Although originally from many different parts of the world, these plants shared similar growth habits: mounding rather than spreading. Self-sowing poppies and larkspur thrived in the pea gravel mulch that was used to prevent erosion and to shade the roots from the intense summer heat that reflected off the surrounding concrete sidewalks and street. Darker and hotter hues, including scarlet penstemon, bright yellow linum, orange California poppies and burgundy and yellow gaillardias glowed in the afternoon sun at the west end while pastel-toned dianthus, salvias and mauve penstemon were planted at the east end. Plants with evergreen foliage including iceplant extended the growing season. Some other favorite plants for the median strips included those with silver leaves such as dusty miller, catmint and herbs as well as many varieties of cactus and flat-leafed succulents that contributed different textures.
Persons associated with the garden include Lauren Springer Ogden (garden designer, 1988-1995).
Related Materials:
Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (147 transparencies)
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 -- Colorado -- Windsor  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Ken Druse garden photography collection
Identifier:
AAG.DRU, File CO042
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Ken Druse garden photography collection
Ken Druse garden photography collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States of America / Colorado
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-dru-ref1361

[Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden]: the entire lot was planted with perennials, bulbs, and shrubs.

Photographer:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Collection Creator:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Extent:
1 Film transparency (2.5 x 2 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Film transparency
Film transparencies
Place:
Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden (Windsor, Colorado)
United States of America -- Colorado -- Larimer and Weld -- Windsor
Date:
1994
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:
Spruce  Search this
Irises (Plants)  Search this
Median strips  Search this
Houses  Search this
Allium  Search this
Poppies  Search this
Gardens -- Colorado -- Windsor  Search this
Genre/Form:
Film transparencies
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Ken Druse garden photography collection
Identifier:
AAG.DRU, Item CO042003
See more items in:
Ken Druse garden photography collection
Ken Druse garden photography collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States of America / Colorado / CO042: Windsor -- Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-dru-ref1362

[Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden]: the median strip and front garden were densley planted and containers were set out on the stairs.

Photographer:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Collection Creator:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Extent:
1 Film transparency (2.5 x 2 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Film transparency
Film transparencies
Place:
Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden (Windsor, Colorado)
United States of America -- Colorado -- Larimer and Weld -- Windsor
Date:
1994
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:
Sidewalks  Search this
Median strips  Search this
Houses  Search this
Containers  Search this
Perennials  Search this
Gardens -- Colorado -- Windsor  Search this
Genre/Form:
Film transparencies
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Ken Druse garden photography collection
Identifier:
AAG.DRU, Item CO042004
See more items in:
Ken Druse garden photography collection
Ken Druse garden photography collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States of America / Colorado / CO042: Windsor -- Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-dru-ref1363

[Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden]: in the backyard, succulents and ground cover plants filled in the spaces between the paving stones.

Photographer:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Collection Creator:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Extent:
1 Film transparency (2.5 x 2 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Film transparency
Film transparencies
Place:
Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden (Windsor, Colorado)
United States of America -- Colorado -- Larimer and Weld -- Windsor
Date:
1994
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:
Spruce  Search this
Irises (Plants)  Search this
Succulent plants  Search this
Columbines  Search this
Walkways, flagstone  Search this
Ground cover plants  Search this
Gardens -- Colorado -- Windsor  Search this
Genre/Form:
Film transparencies
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Ken Druse garden photography collection
Identifier:
AAG.DRU, Item CO042076
See more items in:
Ken Druse garden photography collection
Ken Druse garden photography collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States of America / Colorado / CO042: Windsor -- Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-dru-ref1364

[Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden]: gravel mulch, cactus and poppies in the "hellstrip."

Photographer:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Collection Creator:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Extent:
1 Film transparency (2.5 x 2 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Film transparency
Film transparencies
Place:
Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden (Windsor, Colorado)
United States of America -- Colorado -- Larimer and Weld -- Windsor
Date:
1994
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:
Cactus  Search this
Streets  Search this
Gravel  Search this
Poppies  Search this
Gardens -- Colorado -- Windsor  Search this
Genre/Form:
Film transparencies
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Ken Druse garden photography collection
Identifier:
AAG.DRU, Item CO042136
See more items in:
Ken Druse garden photography collection
Ken Druse garden photography collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States of America / Colorado / CO042: Windsor -- Lauren Springer's Windsor, Colorado Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-dru-ref1366

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