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Haverford -- Thomas Country Garden

Former owner:
Thayer, Russell  Search this
Thayer, Shelby  Search this
MacCoy, Margureite Wood  Search this
Architect:
Durham, Walter K. (Walter Kremer), 1896-1978  Search this
Landscape architect:
DeVuono, Julie Wood  Search this
Landscape designer:
Wood, Sally  Search this
Provenance:
The Garden Club of Philadelphia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Thomas Country Garden (Haverford, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Montgomery -- Haverford
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
General:
Built in 1950 by Philadelphia architect Walter K. Durham the cottage style stucco house with dormer windows and multiple roof lines blends in very well with the romantic, profusely flowering and fragrant garden rooms created by the current owners beginning in 1987. Large window pane trellises on the house support climbing hydrangea, schizopraghma, clematis and roses. White picket fences, stone walls and arbors on the slightly more than one acre property are loaded with more roses, with more than one type of vine that will bloom in succession climbing up or over some of the supports. Perennials, especially those that bloom more than once and those with variegated leaves that add light to the garden are planted strategically to disguise any spent foliage or sparse vines. There is no spraying in this garden, and the rose varieties that are grown including hybrid musk and old-fashioned thrive where hybrid tea rose varieties would not. The eight garden rooms are planted primarily with shrubs and also perennials, spring bulbs and ornamental grasses. Mature trees from the earlier 19th century estate, Cheswold, still grow around the perimeter.
Other than the trees there were no surviving gardens so the current owners started with a blank slate that had some hidden surprises: ruins from the earlier mansion that on occasion interfered with their plants. The stone walls on the property re-used these buried materials salvaged from underground. The secluded entrance terrace was the first garden room that was designed on the steep slope that descends to the house. The back terrace needed to be stabilized and slips of hydrangea petiolaris planted along the walls have grown into a living wall. As the property continues to slope downward grass and stone steps to the flatland were added, which led to creating another garden room at the rear of the property, with a trellis for climbing vines and a bench for sitting and looking up at the house, tall trees and sky. A swimming pool was built on the previous service area off to one side and surrounded by upper and lower gardens with tulips, roses, clematis, hydrangeas, grasses, perennials, evergreens, dawn redwoods and katsuras. Various hedges have been planted and re-planted either because they grew too tall or succumbed to weather. Currently there are hedges of holly, lilac, Annabelle hydrangea and germander.
Persons associated with the garden include: Russell and Shelby Thayer (former owners, 1950-1956); Marguerite Wood MacCoy (former owner, 1956-1985); Walter K. Durham (1896-1978) (architect, 1950); Sally Ann Wood (ASLD)(landscape designer, 1987, 1990); Julie Wood DeVuono (ASLD) (landscape architect, 2007).
Related Materials:
Thomas Country Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (41 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: 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 -- Pennsylvania -- Haverford  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA755
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King of Prussia -- Longview Hill

Garden designer:
Schumacher, Elizabeth  Search this
Schumacher, H. Ralph  Search this
Landscape designer:
Eadie, Gordon  Search this
Horticulturist:
Marzocco, Sharon  Search this
Nemec, Dale  Search this
Landscape architect:
Olejnik, Barbara J. CLA  Search this
Arborist:
John B. Ward and Company  Search this
Provenance:
Four Counties Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Longview Hill (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Montgomery -- King of Prussia
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information.
General:
A contemporary split-level house backed by a steep slope that washed into the house when it rained compelled the owners to erect walls and start planting a garden to hold the soil in place on their one-acre property. After nearly fifty years of gardening, there are four terraces with specimen trees, collections of flowering shrubs including rhododendrons and hydrangeas, seasonal color from bulbs and annuals, and distinctive ornaments and sculptures. In front of the house there are river birches at the curb, a Japanese maple at the front door, and banks and hedges of shrubs, perennials and evergreen ground cover plants. There is a stepping stone path to the patio in back of the house where there is terraced plateau with stone walls for seasonal plantings. An enormous katsura shades the patio and the two-story glass addition that provides year-round viewing of the hillside garden. On this first level there are redbuds and crepe myrtles, and sculptures and ornaments that were collected during travels.
A formal privet hedge divides the first and second levels and continues along the stone steps that lead from the first to the third terrace. The second level has a woodlands garden with azaleas, rhododendrons, and a small wooden shrine at one end of the lawn while at the other end a purple painted jungle gym formerly used by children and grandchildren now supports honeysuckle. Flagstone steps lead to a hidden stroll garden planted with dwarf evergreens, dwarf clumping bamboo, spruce and pines. A small stone pagoda and two antique statues of Chinese philosophers are in this private garden room. Further up the steps the third level opens to the broadest area of lawn on the property. A small pool has goldfish, a waterfall and water garden; all are shaded by three false camellias. Other trees include purple-leaf plum, Japanese maples and a stately umbrella pine. There is a Japanese style teahouse with a moon window at one end of the lawn and a hammock in the trees at the other end.
The highest terrace, not visible from below, is reached via wooden steps and a path lined with hakone grass, hostas and rhododendrons. A stone wall leads to an arbor made from birdhouses over a blue painted bench that conceals a compost pile. A mossy flagstone path bordered by a perennial garden that includes a specimen rhododendron and azalea leads to a large bronze sculpture of a woman, "Allegra" by Barbara Chen. Down two flights of steps there is a new rock garden with unusual dwarf plants shaded by a false cypress, still a work in progress.
Persons associated with the garden include Elizabeth Schumacher and H. Ralph Schumacher, M.D. (owners, 1967- ); Mary and Tom McDonnell (former owners, 1960-1967); Gordon Eadie (garden designer, 1970-present); John B. Ward and Co. (arborist, 1975- ); Sharon Marzocco (horticulturist, 1997- ); Dale Nemec (horticulturist, 1994-present); Barbara Olejnik (landscape architect, 2000- ); Thomas Jackson (gardener, 1986-1993); Joseph Bilko (stonemason, 2004-2011); Lynn Fillman (garden lighting, 2005- ); John Sedor (gardener, 2013- ).
Related Materials:
Longview Hill related holdings consist of 1 folder (9 35mm slides (photographs); 17 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: 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 -- Pennsylvania -- King of Prussia.  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA816
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Philadelphia -- La Colline

Landscape architect:
Schneider, Nina  Search this
Farley, Alice Hamilton  Search this
Garden designer:
Purple, Leslie  Search this
Plant Connection, The  Search this
Provenance:
Wissahickon Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
La Colline (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia County -- Philadelphia
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information about the house and garden.
General:
Beginning in 1998, the gardens on the .75-acre La Colline site in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia were completely redesigned to reflect the French architectural influences of its Second Empire-inspired house. Naturalistic woodsy gardens at the edge of the property evolve into more tightly organized and controlled planting spaces closer to the main house. On the north and west sides of the main house a series of outdoor "rooms" connect an original side porch to a newly installed 30' x 30' rear terrace. These rooms are linked together visually with the repetitive use of plant material and forms such as yew and boxwood hedges, espaliered pear, Manhattan Euonymus, ivy, clematis, and topiary. The terrace features clipped yew and boxwood hedges, masses of hellebores, and a "hedge" of pleached European Hornbeam trees, while its most stunning horticultural features are a matching pair of Full Moon maple trees and a mature Katsura tree. Additional elements include a fountain and aquatic garden. In the front garden, located on the southwest side of the main house, a highly stylized, elliptically shaped lawn is ringed with mature hollies and masses of golden spirea. There is a perennial garden in front of the stone retaining wall flanking the entrance to the main house. Throughout the garden containers are planted seasonally with masses of controlled color, punctuating the overall design of each garden space.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include Nina Schneider (landscape architect, 2003 to date); Leslie Purple (garden designer, 2000-2003); Alice Farley (garden designer, 2000-2003); and The Plant Connection (garden designers, 2000-2003).
Related Materials:
La Colline related holdings consist of 1 folder (9 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 -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA672
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Philadelphia -- Flaherty

Former owner:
Woodward, Charles  Search this
Story, Howard Jr.  Search this
Story, Carol  Search this
Architect:
Schoppe, Howard G.  Search this
Provenance:
Wissahickon Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Flaherty (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Philadelphia
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets.
General:
A one-acre corner lot with a French country style house built in 1961 was planted with more than ninety hollies, white pines, hemlock, azaleas and pieris; a formal rose garden, boxwood hedges and gravel paths; and canopy beech and oak planted around 1900. Since 1985 the current owners have limbed up many of the old hollies, planted extensive beds and borders that replaced more than half of the pre-existing lawn, and collaborated on developing garden rooms for another acre of adjoining property that belongs to a private school. Some of the garden rooms are visible to the public as they pass by thoughtfully designed borders and some garden rooms behind the house are private. Both the plants selected and the Wissahickon schist used for garden edging are native to the region. Contrasting foliage and contrasting colors (chartreuse and burgundy) are featured as seen in dozens of Japanese maples that were planted. Garden structures include restored rose supports from a grandmother's garden painted blue to match the trim on the house, and enormous blue and terra-cotta containers. A sunny bed of strongly colored perennials that can be seen by passersby was developed after old trees died. In contrast the private garden rooms feature plants chosen for their scent, vertical interest, and more subtle palette of colors. Fountains subdue the hubbub of the surrounding streets.
Persons associated with the garden include Charles Woodward (former owner until 1961); Howard and Carol Story, Jr. (former owners, 1961-1985); Howard G. Schoppe (architect, 1961).
Related Materials:
Flaherty related holdings consist of 1 folder (40 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: 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 -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA824
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Portland -- A Plant Collector's Garden

Former owner:
McDonald, James Sir  Search this
McDonald, Anne Kerr Lady  Search this
Bates, John  Search this
Bates, Susan  Search this
Landscape architect:
Tucker, Ernest  Search this
Matschek, Clark  Search this
Lord & Schryver (Salem, Or.)  Search this
Architect:
Voorhis, Charles  Search this
Meyer, Ernest  Search this
Storrs, John  Search this
Landscape designer:
Matschek, Marsha  Search this
Head gardener:
Hahn, Conrad  Search this
Cole, Echo  Search this
Miner, Jay  Search this
Engineer:
Meigs, Gilbert  Search this
Garden designer:
Miner, Jay  Search this
Price, Withey  Search this
Galaher, Megan  Search this
Steel garden structures:
Schneikert, Martha  Search this
Tree pruning:
Buttrell, John  Search this
Thomas, Blake  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
A Plant Collector's Garden (Portland, Oregon)
United States of America -- Oregon -- Multnomah -- Portland
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, a photocopy of an article, a printed description and plan of the garden.
Varying Form:
McDonald Garden, formerly known as.
General:
Since 1940 the gardens of this 1.75 acre property have been designed and filled with unusual specimen trees and flowering shrubs, then redesigned by a second owner equally committed to plant collecting who wanted to maintain the early gardens as much as possible. The initial design included a broad brick terrace behind the house that overlooked a sweeping lawn bordered by beds containing perennials, shrubs and trees. A rock garden marked the transition from the cultivated gardens to a native woodlands on the steep slope to the Willamette River. Behind the brick wall along the street there was a hedge of arborvitae and rhododendron had been planted along the brick wall at the far end of the terrace. A glass and brick gazebo stood in the front courtyard, topped with a hummingbird weather vane by sculptor Keith Jellum. When the property changed hands in 2002 all these features were changed too: the overgrown arborvitae were replaced with large-leafed boxwood, too tall rhododendron that blocked the view from the house were relocated, the crumbling gazebo was removed, and the hummingbird weathervane was mounted on a stand in an island bed of seasonal plantings where it can spin with the wind. The mature specimen trees including paper bark maple, Ponderosa pine, several varieties of magnolia, Garry oak, dawn redwood and a wheel tree remained but new beds were designed and planted with hellebores, hosta, fuchsias, clematis, rhododendrons, peonies, dwarf conifers and arum varieties. A new shade garden called the grotto replaced failing grass, a new green house and four bin composting center were built. The rock garden was augmented with steps and additional plantings, and wide gravel paths were laid for touring as well as working in the perennials beds that border the lawn.
Originally the 1.3 acres that were cultivated were conceived as parkland and featured rare plant material. A garden room in a warmer microclimate known as the Chilean garden was kept and included a windmill palm, swamp cypress and other semi-tropical plants; a crepe myrtle and pomegranate were espaliered on the garage wall along one side. Three copper bowl fountains of Greco-Roman design placed in the front and side courtyards were connected to a recirculating water pump in the basement of the house. The brick walls surrounding the terrace were perforated, a signature design of the original landscape architects Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver and the gazebo built on a curved brick wall in the front court was a stand-out feature. The parkland was planted so there would be open views from the house and terrace of Mount Saint Helens and the Willamette River.
Persons associated with the property include Sir James and Lady McDonald (former owners, 1940-2002); Susan and John Bates (former owners, 2002-2015); Elizabeth Lord (1887-1976) and Edith Schryver (1901-1984) (landscape architects, 1940); Ernest Tucker (landscape architect, 1977); Marsha Matschek (landscape designer, 1975- );Clark Matschek (landscape architect, 1996); Conrad Hahn (head gardener, 1950); Ernest Meyer (architect, 1942); Charles Voorhis (architect, 1977); John Storrs (architect, 1960); Echo Cole (head gardener, 1996- ); Gilbert Meigs (engineer, 1978); Jay Wesley Miner (garden designer and head gardener, 2006- ); Withey Price (garden design, 2004); Megan Galaher (garden designer, 2014); Martha Schneikert (steel garden structures, 2006); John Buttrell (tree pruning, 2006- ); Blake Thomas (tree pruning, 2006- ).
Related Materials:
A Plant Collector's Garden related holdings consist of 2 folders (17 35 mm. slides; 49 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: 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 -- Oregon -- Portland  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File OR034
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Portland -- Josselyn Garden

Architect:
Graham, Rod  Search this
Landscape architect:
Kiest, Craig  Search this
Provenance:
The Portland Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Josselyn Garden (Portland, Oregon)
United States of America -- Oregon -- Multnomah County -- Portland
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets.
General:
A 1922 Tudor-style house with three acres, listed on the National Historic Register, required extensive renovation by the current owners to preserve the original craftsmanship. The grounds were in need of reconditioning as well, including an original Japanese garden whose pond had to be re-dug, rocks repositioned, and plantings restored with more than 40 different Japanese maple trees. Landscape architect Craig Kiest's (ASLA) plan includes garden rooms, paths and hardscape, described by the owner as a classic design that features their plant collections. A circular driveway in front of the house surrounds a boxwood knot garden punctuated with container plantings. The uphill walk to the garden runs along a wall with espaliered camellias and is overlooked by a balcony for viewing the knot garden that has a wrought iron railing assembled from old gates found on the property. A serpentine rose border with more than one hundred plants is a colorful connector along the back driveway between the house and garage. An orchard, perennial bed, soccer field and upper lawn are arrayed between the house and the streets that border this corner lot.
Several bluestone terraces with stone steps and balustrades accommodate the terrain behind the house and lead to a formal garden that is on an axis with the dining room. A pergola planted with wisteria japonica crosses the entrance to the formal garden. In this garden surrounded by a hedge of holly there are boxwood parterres centered by a circular patch of lawn with an enormous restored stone planter with white Iceland roses and white alyssum in the summer. Large cast iron planters on bluestone platforms contain Japanese maples. The formal garden terminates in a seating area backed by a semi-circle of four columns and an old planting of English holly. Other features include a grotto with granite semi-circular steps and a grindstone, a wall fountain with a bronze frog, and an Italianate cobblestone patio with beds of hydrangea. Frogs and dragonflies are recurring motifs in the iron hardware on the buildings and in garden ornaments. Flowering vines and container gardens, climbing roses, and a rose and wild geranium parterre add color to the vigorous greenery that grows in this favorable climate.
The Japanese garden features the colorful Japanese maple tree collection and a pond stocked with koi. Additional trees from the earlier garden include copper beech, gingko, and Japanese umbrella pine. There is a raised vegetable garden for berries, grapes, pumpkins and artichokes with a custom made wooden fence, and wooded areas underplanted with hosta and other shade-tolerant perennials. A large lawn bisecting these forests leads to a rectangular reflecting pool with a colonnade that was found buried in an old laurel hedge on the property and restored.
Persons associated with the garden include Percy Smith family (former owners, 1922-1994); Craig Kiest, ASLA (landscape architect, 1997-1999); Dave Sexton (gardener, 1999-present)
Related Materials:
Josselyn Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (26 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: 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 -- Oregon -- Portland  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File OR050
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Columbus -- Copeland Provençal Garden

Landscape architect:
Schieber, Mark R.  Search this
Architectural Gardens, Inc. (Gahanna, Ohio)  Search this
Former owner:
Davis, Preston, d. 1967  Search this
Davis, Julia, d. 2005  Search this
Provenance:
Little Garden Club of Columbus  Search this
Architect:
Tibbals, Crumley, and Musson  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Copeland Provençal Garden (Columbus, Ohio)
United States of America -- Ohio -- Franklin County -- Columbus
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans (with plant names), print copies of two of the slides, and other information.
General:
This one-third acre garden is located in Sessions Village in Columbus, Ohio, a planned community of 29 free standing homes in the architectural style of a walled French village. Its artist-owner's passion for all things relating to the gardens of southern France inspired her to engage a landscape architect whom she primed with words and images of her personal vision and with whom she created a plan that was implemented in 2006. With "no grass" as a design mandate, a comprehensive plan was developed that could be implemented in stages beginning with the rear garden. Few changes had been made to the 1960s garden of the original owners. However, wherever possible existing trees and shrubs were saved and incorporated into the new design. Strong sight lines were created with the use of sweeping paths of brown gravel and bluestone insets. Lavender is used prolifically as an edging plant and boxwood hedges encircle prominent trees and garden features. Perimeter areas along the fence enclosure are pocketed with an abundance of shrubs, shade perennials, and colorful annuals. Masses of seasonal flowers, selected for a succession of bloom, offer the owner-artist an ever-changing palette of colors and a subject for home-based plein air painting.
Persons and firms associated with the site and garden include Mark R. Schieber (landscape architect, 2006); Architectural Gardens, Inc. (landscape architects, 2006); Preston and Julia Davis (former owners, 1962-2005); and Tibbals, Crumley and Musson (architects, 1961).
There is additional documentation of other gardens in Sessions Village. See OH230000-235000.
Related Materials:
Copeland Provençal Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (9 35 mm. slides (photographs); 1 photographic print)
See others in:
Copeland Provençal Garden, 2005-2007.
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 -- Ohio -- Columbus  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File OH226
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The Garden Club of America collection
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Archives of American Gardens
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Columbus -- A Study in Green

Landscape designer:
Shear, Shawn  Search this
Architect:
Reeves, Robert, Sr.  Search this
Former owner:
Davis, Thomas E., Jr.  Search this
Provenance:
Little Garden Club of Columbus  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Study in Green, A (Columbus, Ohio)
United States of America -- Ohio -- Franklin County -- Columbus
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information.
General:
Situated in the Sessions Village area of Columbus, this .33 acre garden reflects the ideas of its current owners. With a goal of wanting the home to feel as though every room is part of the garden, lines have been blurred between the inside and outside and exterior garden rooms have been created. The garden can be seen from the major living areas, while a second-story deck off one of bedrooms provides an elevated view. Pleached trees border the property lines on the east and west and the paths and the patio area are surfaced in a unifying gravel of soft tan. An open lawn contains a geometric knot garden of boxwood, edged on the south by a patterned boxwood and holly hedge. Topiary standards are used about the garden as accents, climbing roses are trained around the openings of French doors, and a tiny herb garden surrounds a jardiniere. The architectural style of the glass-topped table and wall fountain appear to have slipped out of the interior rooms. The entry courtyard of brick with flanking boxed columnar English oaks breaks with the all-green theme through the addition of a touch of colored coleus.
Persons associated with the property include Shawn Shear (landscape designer, 2000); Robert Reeves, Sr. (architect, 1956); and Thomas E. Davis, Jr. (former owner, 1956-1997).
There is additional documentation of other gardens in Sessions Village. See OH226000 and OH230000-234000.
Related Materials:
A Study in Green 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 -- Ohio -- Columbus  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File OH235
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Ohio
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Archives of American Gardens
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Dayton -- Eleanore Shulman Garden

Garden designer:
Petersons, Zigrida  Search this
Fullmer, Lloyd  Search this
Renovation architect:
Slager, James  Search this
Builder:
Gaddie, James C.  Search this
Forth Brothers  Search this
Architect:
Bollinger, Donald D.  Search this
Provenance:
Akron Garden Club  Search this
The Garden Club of Dayton  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Eleanore Shulman Garden (Dayton, Ohio)
United States of America -- Ohio -- Montgomery County -- Dayton
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and other information.
General:
Located on less than one acre, Eleanor Shulman Garden in Dayton, OH was created from a grassy backyard slope where no previous garden had existed. In 1973 the owners terraced the slope in preparation for a new landscape design to reflect French, English and Italian influences taken from their travels to European gardens. This gradually evolved into four distinct areas which include: a shady front garden, a cutting garden, an upper level patio garden and connecting mid and lower level garden rooms.
The front garden features groundcover edged with boxwood hedges and topiary, hellebores, bulbs, flowering crabs, a Japanese umbrella pine and cut leaf maple. The cutting garden is planted along the west-facing apple espaliered wall of the house and screened from neighbors by a pleached hedge. The backyard slope was transformed into a three-tiered strolling garden entered through a black wrought iron gate and rose trellis on the patio level. The upper level beds of perennials and roses are edged by low box hedges or campanula anchored by conically pruned taxus. As the visitor descends to the middle and lower levels by way of wide stairs the landscape takes on an English cottage garden feel. Along the mid-level path, retaining walls constructed of railroad ties are covered with climbing hydrangea and are lined with more beds of perennials and roses. Descending to the bottom level, the visitor enters a series of distinct spaces. Surrounding a decorative armillary is a garden room furnished with a harmony of colorful perennials and roses enclosed on three sides with hedges of Spartan juniper, Bookwoodii viburnum and pleached pyrus calleryuna. Wandering further along the lower path, in a shady corner, a bench offers rest, contemplation and the enjoyment of spring blooming flowers and trees.
The great charm of this well ordered garden lies in its many changing vistas, its unusually large number of well selected and composed plants and the continuous bloom, color and fragrance the owner has achieved in such a little space.
Persons associated with the garden include: Zigrida Petersons (garden designer/installer, 1992-2011), James Slager (renovation architect, 1973), Forth Brothers (patio and terrace builders, 1973), Lloyd Fullmer (garden designer, 1973), James C. Gaddie (original builder, 1949), Donald D. Bollinger (original architect, 1949).
Related Materials:
Eleanore Shulman Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (17 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.
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Topic:
Gardens -- Ohio -- Dayton  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File OH239
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Ambler -- Forge Farm

Former owner:
Kline, C. Mahlon  Search this
Landscape architect:
Gale, Charles H.  Search this
Gale, Charles H., Jr.  Search this
Sculptor:
Hostetler, David  Search this
Harris, Allen  Search this
Provenance:
Wissahickon Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Forge Farm (Ambler, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Montgomery County -- Ambler
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans and other information.
General:
Originally part of the Dawsfield plantation this property was divided into 15 acres of farmland and named Forge Farm in 1953. The first gardens were established in 1958. A portion of the farm was subsequently sold and. Forge Farm consists of 3.2 acres. There is a driveway leading to a courtyard with flagpole and Zelcova trees. Nearby is a boxwood garden with a sculpture by David Hostetler. Rose and herb gardens are located next to the house. Near the pool area is a Allen Harris sculpture of the goddess Diana with climbing 'New Dawn' roses. Dogwood trees and spring bulbs grace the northwest corner of the property along with perennial beds. The woodland garden at the back of the property serves as the backdrop for the birding garden which features birdhouses, feeders and birch trees with many seasonal bird attracting plants. A stucco-tree lined wall borders the west side of the property. The east side has a barn and Juniper hedge tunnel leading to vegetable gardens where fruit trees, roses, strawberries and vegetables grow. Next to the garden is a pasture for sheep to graze.
Persons associated with the garden and site include: C. Mahlon Kline (former owner, 1946-1967), Charles H. Gale, (landscape architect, 1983-1998), Charles H. Gale, Jr., (landscape designer 1983-present), David Hostetler (sculptor) and Allen Harris (sculptor).
Related Materials:
Forge Farm related holdings consist of 1 folder (15 35 mm. slides (photographs))
See others in:
Forge Farm, 2007-2008.
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:
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Topic:
Gardens -- Pennsylvania -- Ambler  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA671
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Erie -- World War II Memorial Garden

Former chairman:
Ferguson, John C., 1920-2006  Search this
Director:
Ferguson, John Timothy, 1953-  Search this
Landscape architect:
Dahlkemper, Dan  Search this
Artist:
Burnes, Prudence  Search this
Designer:
Geiger, Mike  Search this
Volunteer gardeners:
The Seedlings Garden Club  Search this
Stone masons:
Geiger & Sons  Search this
Provenance:
Carrie T. Watson Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
World War II Memorial Garden (Erie, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Erie County -- Erie
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, a photocopy of an article, and other information.
General:
Created under the direction of the late John C. Ferguson, the World War II Memorial of Erie Pennsylvania was dedicated on November 11, 1999. The memorial is comprised of a garden and granite blocks engraved with the names of 727 soldiers from Erie County who died while in service during World War II, a brief pictorial history of the war, and images of a number of veterans who survived the war. The original landscaping for the site was designed to complement the memorial and to minimize maintenance needs. At its inception plantings included silver maples, a juniper hedge, pampas grasses, black-eyed Susans, and daylilies.
In 2001 John Ferguson asked his son, Tim Ferguson to assume responsibility for the upkeep of the landscape, which had been maintained by contracted professional landscaping crews. Tim took the opportunity to become more personally invested in the caretaking of the memorial and over the next few years he made various improvements to the property to enhance certain aspects of the memorial and to add more variety of color to the landscaping. Bradford pear trees were added to complement the scale of the monument, provide shade in the summer, and add color as they bloom in the spring. Shrub roses, an addition inspired by military cemeteries in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, and gold mop juniper were added for color; the black-eyed Susans were replaced with Ninebark, as well as arborvitae, and boxwood, to provide a sheltering effect and promote a more serene environment. Red and white geraniums are used to add color, as are tulips and daffodils, and dwarf Japanese Maples add additional privacy and screening and provide a thematic link to the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II.
Persons and groups associated with the garden include: John C. Ferguson (chairman, 1998-2006), John Timothy Ferguson (director, 2000-present), Erie School District (property owner), The Seedlings Garden Club (garden volunteers), Dan Dahlkemper (landscape architect, 1998-1999), Mike Geiger/Geiger & Sons (designer, stonemason, 1998-1999), Prudence Burnes (graphic artist, 1999)
Related Materials:
World War II Memorial Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (9 digital images)
See others in:
Garden Club of American collection, ca. 1920- [ongoing].
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:
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Topic:
Gardens -- Pennsylvania -- Erie  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA693
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Erie -- A Touch of Williamsburg

Former owner:
Griswold, Tracy  Search this
Griswold, Maryann  Search this
Sculptress:
Goodacre, Glenna  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
A Touch of Williamsburg (Erie, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Erie -- Erie
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
General:
In 1970 the owners built their house on two and one-quarter acres in a new subdivision on land that had been agricultural, and their growing family played sports in the yard. In the late 1980s the owners began changing the landscape and house to reflect their interests, especially after studying English gardens at Cambridge University, England, and many visits to the recreated colonial gardens in Williamsburg and Monticello in Virginia. The property was planned and planted as a whole, with formal gardens including a kitchen garden replicating the Taliaferro-Cole garden in Williamsburg with its multi-level picket fence. The garden inside the fence is rectilinear with an armillary sphere in the center watched over by the sculpture "The Dog" by Glenna Goodacre. The straight-edged beds are planted in flowers and vegetables, espaliered apple and pear trees and pollarded linden trees along the fence. This part of the property is conceived on a short axis that ends in an obelisk. The long axis of the plan starts at the street and traverses through an allée of crabapple trees towards a reproduction 18th century statue called "Taste." An outbuilding that is used for storage copies the design of a colonial kitchen. A tennis court is flanked by fruit orchards, and an alpine trough garden leads to the garage.
The paths in the fenced garden are comprised of silica and brick, which along with tall hedges, create a micro-climate in the courtyard that is ten degrees warmer than outside the fence. Thus the planting season starts earlier and last longer, and species such as southern magnolia can be grown. Although most of the construction and garden ornaments reflect the colonial style of this garden there are two Lutyens style benches inside the fenced garden from the Arts & Crafts period, and a brightly painted cottage Windsor chair for resting. Rose pots, painted red, are hoisted on top of poles add height and whimsy to the garden.
To keep the garden looking fresh big plants are replaced, especially with one that have sentimental value to the owners. The garden has been photographed, written about and studied by horticultural groups, and the owners are active in local gardening organizations.
Persons associated with the garden include: Tracy and Maryann Griswold (former owners, 1925-1967); Glenna Goodacre (sculptress, 1999).
Related Materials:
A Touch of Williamsburg related holdings consist of 1 folder (41 digital images; 1 photographic print)
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:
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Topic:
Gardens -- Pennsylvania -- Erie  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA727
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Erie -- Stoneybroke Acres

Former owner:
Dennis, Mildred  Search this
Dennis, Edward  Search this
Kearns, John  Search this
Kearns, Ruth  Search this
Provenance:
Carrie T. Watson Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Stoneybroke Acres (Erie, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Erie -- Erie
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information.
General:
The two and one-half acre property had an unfinished ranch style house, four trees and three arborvitae planted at the foundation in 1971, providing the current owners with a nearly blank landscape to develop into gardens. Once the house and brick porch were finished rhododendrons, azaleas and climbing hydrangea were planted at the foundation of the porch. Flower beds, trees and shrubs followed, with fast-growing Christmas trees and poplars among the shade trees and conifers, now numbering about 40. Also there are 25 island flower beds including naturalized swathes of daffodils intended to reduce the use of fertilizers on the land and a bed of ornamental grasses. There is a shade garden under five poplars planted in the 1970's that has many varieties of hostas, ferns, astilbes, wood poppies, ginger and Joe Pye weed, and does not require much maintenance. Along a dry stone wall are planted beds of bearded iris and day lilies. There is an enclosed garden for vegetables; recent crops include heirloom tomatoes and fingerling potatoes.
At one end of the property a field of native grasses and wildflowers, milkweed and a brush pile under towering conifers planted for Christmases past is an accredited national wildlife habitat. The three arborvitae at the foundation were transplanted many years ago and have grown into a 75 by 75 foot hedge. Two curving perennial flower gardens are connected by a wrought iron trellis that supports a climbing rose. Other decorative iron pieces are placed in flower beds; other features include a staddle stone, an antique statue of a girl holding a sheaf of wheat, an umbrella pine, a 60-foot tall copper beech, and a rock garden with a fountain. After 43 years the owners are still planting trees and an annual flower bed that is different every year.
In 1868 the property was part of the 45-acre Wilkens farm along the south shore of Lake Erie, growing wheat, oats and livestock. At the beginning of the 20th century nine commercial greenhouses were built to grow vegetables, but after five of them blew down in a 1944 snow storm the family's descendant sold the farm for subdivision development.
Persons associated with the garden include Mildred and Edward Dennis (former owners, 1959-); John and Ruth Kearns (former owners, 1965-).
Related Materials:
Stoneybroke Acres related holdings consist of 1 folder (17 digital images; 14 photographic prints)
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:
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Topic:
Gardens -- Pennsylvania -- Erie  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA730
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Erie -- Stout/Bestoso Garden

Former owner:
Stout, Donald F.  Search this
Metcalf, John  Search this
Landscape designer:
Wayside Gardens  Search this
Provenance:
Carrie T. Watson Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Stout/Bestoso Garden (Erie, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Erie -- Erie
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, garden plans, a planting list, historical images, and photocopies of garden tour directories.
General:
This six acre property had been farmland before it was purchased and developed by the Stout family, who built a ranch style house in 1956 and installed trees, shrubs, and foundation plantings. Circa 1962 a formal garden of French style was designed by Wayside Gardens, laid out symmetrically in four quadrants hedged in by privet and viburnum, and anchored by four blue spruce trees at the corners. The French garden remains today but two of the spruce trees and some of the privets were removed to open the formal garden to other parts of the property. Gardens that have been added over time include vegetable and herb gardens with boxwood hedges, a swimming pool and surrounding garden containing rosa rugosa, rhododendron, ornamental grasses and tropical plants, an all-white secret garden behind privet hedges, a 115-foot long perennial border, a vineyard, and a grove of bamboo.
The 1960s plan included an orchard, still existing but replanted with fruit trees, black walnut, chestnut and hazelnut trees, black raspberries, black currants and hundreds of naturalized daffodils. Originally four acres were left as field and brush-hogged twice each year; now there are three acres of field populated by redwing black birds, monarch butterflies, deer, turkeys and pheasants, designated an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat in 1994 by the National Wildlife Federation.
The Stout/Bestoso Garden has participated in the Garden Conservancy's Open Days, and the owner is active in the Carrie T. Watson chapter of the Garden Clubs.
Persons associated with the garden include: John Metcalf (former owner, -1955) and Donald F. Stout (former owner, 1955-1986).
Related Materials:
Stout/Bestoso Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (19 digital images; 1 photographic print)
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:
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Topic:
Gardens -- Pennsylvania -- Erie  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA732
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Erie -- Wolf Bend Garden

Former owner:
Yahn, Elizabeth J.  Search this
Yahn, Walter S.  Search this
Architect:
Patterson, Chester A.  Search this
Landscape designer:
Maloney, Brett  Search this
Provenance:
Carrie T. Watson Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Erie -- Erie
Scope and Contents:
1 folder and 20 digital images. The folder includes worksheets, historical and biographical information, and images.
General:
A canopy of mature trees, tall hedges and foundation plantings around the 1940's traditional style house were the backbones for the colorful and textural gardens the current owners have created over twenty years. Spring flowering trees and shrubs including dogwood, crabapple, redbud, ornamental cherries, azaleas and rhododendron were planted throughout the six acre property to celebrate the end of the long, gray winters in western Pennsylvania. Additional gardens were designed beginning in 1998 after the house was enlarged, including a brick patio with a fountain in front of the wide but narrow house that defines the entrance. Tall hedges are kept trimmed and define garden rooms close to the house while newer asymmetrical beds have been added further afield. These beds were planted with daffodils, ornamental grasses and shrubs that deer avoid; since the property is not fenced deer deterrents include a row of colorful ceramic balls to block their path as well as combinations of plants deer do not eat, such as alliums, with the hosta collection. Hanging planters, tuteurs and sculpture that add height and visual interest include three metal spheres that are moved around the garden rooms to highlight blooming. A hedge of crabapple and arborvitae along the road was planted for privacy.
In addition to 45 varieties of hosta and ten varieties of ornamental grasses the twelve garden rooms contain numerous perennials in beds, borders and containers, and collections of sedum, ground cover plants, and hydrangea. The chosen plants have to be hardy enough to survive without special care, and increasing shade from all the trees that were planted dictates more part-sun or shade perennials in the garden beds. Wrought iron furniture from the 1940's was painted purple while vintage cast iron urns were painted white and planted with red annuals. A bed of rocks and a row of ball-shaped boxwood were features inspired by visits to gardens in Japan.
Persons associated with the garden include Walter S. and Elizabeth J. Yahn (former owners, 1940-1980); Chester A. Patterson (architect, 1940); Michael Grab (architect, 1997); Brett Maloney (landscape designer, 1997- ); .
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:
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Topic:
Gardens -- Pennsylvania -- Erie  Search this
Wolf Bend Garden (Erie, Pennsylvania)  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File PA835
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Cincinnati -- Ca Sole

Former owner:
Schmidlapp, Horace  Search this
Hinkley, Leila  Search this
Scripps, Charles  Search this
Ragland, Nicholas  Search this
Landscape architect:
Innocenti, Umberto  Search this
Vitale & Geiffert  Search this
Colorist:
Pratt, Gladys L.  Search this
Architect:
Atterbury, Grosvenor, 1869-1956  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Ca Sole (Cincinnati, Ohio)
United States of America -- Ohio -- Hamilton County -- Cincinnati
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles, and write-ups of the property's history.
General:
Ca Sole, with its Italian farmhouse style and red tile roof, hints that the garden was meant to be Italianate as well. The house is on a hillside overlooking the Ohio River. In 1930 the terraced garden of the 3.5 acre property was surrounded by a rustic brick wall with arched cut-outs that provided views of the Ohio River and created a large garden room. Most of the wall has been removed, with parts still standing as decorative features. The current garden has pruned hedges with landscape roses, container planting in classical urns, and vines covering some walls.
The glass lantern slides were painted by Gladys Pratt, who has other work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Persons, and firms associated with the garden and property include: William Horace Schmidlapp (former owner beginning in 1930); Lela Hinkley (former owner); Charles Scripps (former owner until 1993); Nicholas Ragland (former owner 1993-2006); Grosvenor Atterbury (architect); Umberto Innocenti (landscape architect); Vitale & Geiffert (landscape architects); and Gladys L. Pratt (colorist for lantern slides).
Related Materials:
Ca Sole related holdings consist of 2 folders (17 glass lantern slides (hand colored); 35 35 mm slide (photographs); 12 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: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
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Topic:
Gardens -- Ohio -- Cincinnati  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File OH004
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Cincinnati -- Garden of Beth and Jay Karp Garden

Garden designer:
Karp, Elizabeth  Search this
Provenance:
Garden Club of Cincinnati  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Garden of Beth and Jay Karp (Cincinnati, Ohio)
United States of America -- Ohio -- Hamilton County -- Cincinnati
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and other information.
General:
Located on three acresthe garden is divided into smaller gardens with different themes. Garden designer Elizabeth Karp began the project by erecting seven brick pillars joined by four foot boxwood hedges on the north and south side of the entryway that enclose a blue and white garden. Continuing around to the rear of the residence, a patio garden room was created by building two mirror English-style patios with sitting walls featuring numerous moveable containers. A stone pathway leads to another room of naturalized plantings grown behind a box hedge. On the other side of the back patio is a parterre with a pathway around a knot garden. Due to seasonal standing water on the south side, drainage ditches were dug that eventually became a winding U-shaped stone path next to multi-level ponds with a wide grass lane and gazebo. Around the property are several other garden rooms planted with fruit trees, vegetables and herbs, ferns, roses, hostas, hellebores and conifers.
Amongst the gardens are several sculptures, statues, benches, pergolas and fountains, a sundial, urns, a weather vane, wood chip and stone trails. The property is surrounded by nylon deer fences, shrubs, trees, Norway Spruce, and Alberta Spruce.
Persons associated with the site include: Elizabeth Karp (garden designer).
Related Materials:
Garden of Beth and Jay Karp Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (24 35 mm. slides (photographs))
See others in:
Karp Garden, 2007.
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 -- Ohio -- Cincinnati  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File OH229
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Hillsborough -- Montrose

Provenance:
Rumson Garden Club  Search this
Former owner:
Graham, William A.  Search this
Graham, Susan Washington  Search this
Landscape gardener:
Paxton, Thomas  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Montrose (Hillsborough, North Carolina)
United States -- North Carolina -- Orange -- Hillsborough
Scope and Contents:
1 folder and 47 digital images.
General:
A 61-acre property is comprised of woodlands and numerous garden rooms, some with layouts that date back to the mid-19th century. The rock garden has remains of the original rocks and lilies of the valley. A fenced sunny garden behind one of many outbuildings is planted for color. A large kitchen garden has been subdivided but honors the original layout. Newer rooms are called the May Garden, Tropical Garden, Aster Border, Color Garden, Moonlight Garden, Jo's Memorial Garden, and Blue and Yellow Garden. Other early gardens rooms include a serpentine boxwood hedge planted in the 1920's and a circle garden on the approach to the house. Venerable trees include a massive juniper, oaks and redwoods, and the trees and varieties of shrubs complement the 1898 main house on a hill and the woodland garden. There are more than 20 named garden rooms or walks, ten historic outbuildings, and newer features that include cold frames, greenhouses, a lath house that provides shade, and deer fencing around 30 acres. The owners ran a small mail order nursery selling rare plants for about 10 years. In 1930 the Works Progress Administration (WPA) terraced the woodlands to control erosion. In 2001 Montrose was added to The National Register of Historic Places; that same year the owners deeded development rights for 50 acres to the North Carolina Triangle Land Conservancy and began planning a preservation project garden with the Garden Conservancy.

The Woodland Garden was started in 1985 on about 20 terraced acres planted with thousands of bulbs that included daffodils, trilliums, bloodroot, selaginella and wood hyacinths from the owner's mother's garden. Snowdrops proliferate along a walk and in the woods, followed by hellebores, rhododendron, Christmas orchids and cyclamen in August. Maple, beech, oak, sweet gum, hickory and walnut with understory dogwood and redbud provide shade and are filled with the sounds of birds. The informal woodland is the "soul" of the owner's garden. Other features throughout the gardens include a hand-made rustic trellis, antique urns and iron fencing, and large iron utilitarian farm pots that are planted with favorites from year to year.

Persons associated with the garden include: Kirkland (former owner, 1799- ); William A. and Susan Washington Graham and family members (former owners, 1842-1977); Thomas Paxton (landscape gardener, 1842)
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 -- North Carolina -- Hillsborough  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NC093
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Old Westbury -- Boxwood Farm

Former owner:
Murray, Hugh A.  Search this
Hickox, Catherinen B.  Search this
Hickox, Charles V.  Search this
Guez, Paul  Search this
Landscape architect:
Shipman, Ellen  Search this
Innocenti, Umberto  Search this
Innocenti & Webel  Search this
Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.  Search this
Superintendent:
Parr, Charles A.  Search this
Architect:
Delahanty, Bradley  Search this
Peabody, Wilson & Brown  Search this
Estate manager:
Ahern, James  Search this
Provenance:
North Country Garden Club of Long Island  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Boxwood Farm (Old Westbury, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Nassau -- Old Westbury
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, landscape architect's drawings and additional images.
General:
The 1922 Georgian Revival house and 29 acre estate (first called Gay Gardens) has gardens designed in different eras by Ellen Biddle Shipman in the 1920's, Umberto Innocenti in the 1930's and 1940's, and most recently by Oehme van Sweden starting in the late 1990's. Shipman designed a sunken grass garden surrounded by a yew hedge off to the side of the house with formal flower beds with yew or beech hedges, and more flower beds on the terraces. She placed a square stone reflecting pool in the center of the sunken garden. In the 1930's Innocenti moved the stairs to the sunken garden and removed Shipman's pool, adding a lozenge-shaped pool beyond the sunken garden with an open sightline from the house. He also designed an oval swimming pool with plantings (later replaced by a rectangular pool). In the 1940's Innocenti & Webel redesigned the front courtyard and surrounded the new tennis court with beech trees. Under the current owners landscape architects Oehme van Sweden designed a large pond with native plants and a recirculating water system that includes a waterfall and stream, added white pebbles to the driveway and pleached the beech around the tennis court.
Boxwood Farm has four acres of lawn interspersed with mature maple and other trees and huge flower beds. Perennial flowers include Russian sage, buddleia, lavender, ligularia, liriope, echinacea, penstemon, rudbeckia, Joe Pye weed and ornamental grasses; shrubs include boxwood, hydrangea, azalea, viburnum and knock-out roses. Ficus trees are planted out each year near an antique wall fountain in a small garden room of the patio, then dug up and kept in the greenhouse over the winter. An adjoining small room has a sundial, stellata magnolia and hydrangea. The lawn to the south of the house is intersected with stone pathways that divide it into diamond and triangular patches. Numerous stone planters are filled with lavender and agapanthus or white lantana in the summer and violas in cooler seasons. There is a raised garden surrounded by a picket fence set on a low dry stone wall that has a wooden grape arbor and boxwood parterres filled with white tulips, dwarf alliums, cardinal flowers, salvia, apple mint and strawberry plants, depending on the season. In a nearby 15 by 21 foot raised garden vegetables and flowers for cutting are grown. Another vegetable and fruit garden was added in the service area, once the site of another house on the original 179 acre estate. Woodland gardens border the driveway and a bridle paths recalls the polo matches held on the property in a previous era.
Persons associated with the garden include Hugh A. Murray and estate of (former owners, 1922-circa 1935); Catherine B. Hickox (former owner, 1935-1970); Charles V. Hickox and estate of (former owners, 1970-circa 1982); Paul Guez (former owner, circa 1982-circa 1989); GOV agencies (former owners, circa 1990-1997); Julian Peabody (1881-1935) of Peabody, Wilson & Brown (architect, 1922); Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950) (landscape architect, 1922); Umberto Innocenti (1895-1968) (landscape architect, 1937- ); Innocenti & Webel (landscape architects, 1946-1970); Charles A. Parr (superintendent, late 1930's-1950's); Bradley Delahanty (architect of pool house, 1947-1950); Oehme, van Sweden & Associates (landscape architects, 1998- ); James Ahern (estate manager, 2008- ).
Related Materials:
Boxwood Farm related holdings consist of 1 folder (27 digital images; 3 digital prints)
Additional materials also located in Archives of Ellen Biddle Shipman at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
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 -- New York -- Old Westbury  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NY118
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York
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Old Westbury -- Groton Place

Former owner:
Hicks, Jacob  Search this
Titus, John  Search this
Winthrop, Robert W.  Search this
Winthrop, Beekman  Search this
Winthrop, R. D.  Search this
Sedgwick, Henry Renwick  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943  Search this
Deed holder:
Willis, William  Search this
Provenance:
North Country Garden Club of Long Island  Search this
Landscape architect:
Innocenti & Webel  Search this
Architect:
McKim, Mead & White  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Groton Place (Old Westbury, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Nassau -- Old Westbury
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles and other information.
General:
The landscaping for Groton Place was designed in the 1930s by Umberto Innocenti and Richard K. Webel, featuring uninterrupted axial passages with stopping places but no feeling of enclosure. Since then the trees on the property have matured, the serpentine yew hedge has filled in, and the original oval rose garden has been converted to flowering shrubs. A ha-ha separates the house and the ornamental gardens from horse pastures. A pinetum shades the rectangular swimming pool, and woodlands on the property are filled with native trees and shrubs. A mature cedar allée leads to the stables, the one example of a passage that ends in a structure. Architects McKim, Mead & White designed a house and outbuildings at Groton Place in 1912, but that house was razed in 1948 and another Georgian house on the property built in the 1930s is the residence of the current owners.
In 1968 a parcel of 250 acres of land was sold to a golf club, and the remaining 108 acres of Groton Place were placed in a conservation easement for protection.
Persons associated with the garden include William Willis (deed holder, 1700s); members of the John Titus and Jacob Hicks families (former owners, 1700s-circa 1895); Robert Dudley Winthrop (former owner, 1895); Beekman Winthrop (former owner, 1912); Grenville L. Winthrop (former owner, 1940); Robert W. Winthrop (former owner, 1943-1997); Henry Renwick Sedgwick (architect, 1932); McKim, Meade & White (architects of former house and stables, circa 1912); Umberto Innocenti (d. 1968) & Richard K.Webel (d. 2000)(landscape architects, 1930s).
Related Materials:
Groton Place related holdings consist of 2 folders (14 35mm. 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 -- New York -- Old Westbury  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NY447
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref26965
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