United States of America -- Massachusetts -- Norfolk County -- Milton
Scope and Contents:
1 folder, 30 digital images and 1 print. The folder includes worksheets, an article, an artist's rendering of the garden and 4 reference prints.
The property has changed hands and size many times since a wooden farmhouse was built in 1845; since 1980 the current owners have developed a cottage garden on their one acre while preserving remnants of the 19th century New England farm. Historic features include an arbor with Concord grapes, European white elm planted in 1916, Northern spy apples in the fruit orchard, a patch of rhubarb, a lilac hedge planted over an old granite foundation, partial spirea hedge, fieldstone wall, a soapstone sink, a small barn used now for tool storage with a study in the old loft, and antique farm machinery displayed in a field. Contemporary additions include a colorful border with landscape roses, lilies and shrubs backed by a row of boulders that opens the garden to view from the street. In front of the house there are beds of perennials on either side of the walkway to the front door rather than lawn. Spring bulbs, ferns, herbs, milkweed and a lilac in each of four corners surround the house. New fruit trees have been planted within the historic orchard, and there is an annual neighborhood cider pressing party using an antique cider press. A screened gazebo is sited within a garden with post and rail fences bordered by the grape arbor and peony hedges and exited through a pergola covered by honeysuckle. The kitchen garden, blueberry patch and two beds of perennial flowers comprise the gazebo garden. Native wildflowers in the meadow beyond and native vines, shrubs and trees planted in the farther reaches of the property help maintain its historic character.
During the Country Estate era in the early years of the twentieth century a former owner amassed surrounding properties to the size of the original farms, about 100 acres. A manor house was built, with landscaping by Ernest W. Bowditch that included the European white elm and a defunct butternut allée on this acre. The gardens are used by the current owner, who writes a gardening column for the Boston Globe, to teach both gardening and conservation of Massachusetts heritage.
Nathaniel Tucker (former owner, prior to 1833); George Raymond (former owner, 1833- ); Lucius Barrows (former owner, 1848- ); James L. Kennedy (former owner, 1855- ); Edwin Breck (former owner, 1859- ); Charles H. French (former owner, 1864- ); Ruth Johnson (former owner, 1882- ); Annie Allen (former owner, 1886- ); Peter McIntyre (former owner, 1888-1912 ); Hugh Clifford Gallagher (former owner 1912-1931); Ruth Gallagher Chase and Frederick W. Chase and family (former owners, 1931-1977?); Robert H. Johnson (former owner, 1977?-1978); Robert W. and Sara C. Stanhope (former owners, 1978-1980); Ernest W. Bowditch (1850-1918) (landscape designer, 1916).
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