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Knoxville -- Skeeter Hill

Object Details

sova.aag.gca_ref10921
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb64aeb29cf-7a44-4f54-b81d-e8759fa06bed
General
The woodland setting with tall trees and naturalized plantings of daffodils preceded the gray shingle house built in 1957 on the property known as Skeeter Hill. The 100 by 200 foot garden features native plants, including bloodroot, trout lilies, Jack-in-the pulpit, trillium, wood poppies, and maidenhair, cinnamon and sensitive ferns.The owners designed and built winding brick paths and terraces, paths laid with stepping stones, a stone pond, and a French country style potting shed in their walled cottage garden. The three notched gates also were designed by the owners, as was a three-foot diameter copper birdbath fitted to the stump of a fallen oak tree.
The garden is a habitat for birds, with native shrubs and trees providing food and housing, along with birdhouses and birdbaths. Mature shrubs and trees cast shade, so flowering plants such as Casa Blanca lilies, camellias, and hellebores are in shades of white. Azaleas add color in the spring. Many dogwood trees on the property have died from anthracnose.
French country style mixes with more formal, brick-walled planted beds in this garden.
Persons associated with the garden include Emma Rice (former owner of land, 1926-1945); Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Albers (former owners, 1946-1956); Ernest Newton (brick and stone work designer, 1957-1970); Margaret Newton (garden designer and horticulturist, 1957-present).
Former owner
Rice, Emma
Albers, Edward S.
Albers, Edward S., Mrs.
Designer
Newton, Ernest
Garden designer
Newton, Margaret
Provenance
Knoxville Garden Club
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Place
Skeeter Hill (Knoxville, Tennessee)
United States of America -- Tennessee -- Knox County -- Knoxville
Topic
Gardens -- Tennessee -- Knoxville
Former owner
Rice, Emma
Albers, Edward S.
Albers, Edward S., Mrs.
Designer
Newton, Ernest
Garden designer
Newton, Margaret
Provenance
Knoxville Garden Club
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Sponsor
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
Identifier
AAG.GCA, File TN070
Type
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
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. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, detailed information about the garden's plants, photocopies of articles about the garden, background details from and about the owners, and additional information.
Collection Restrictions
Access to original archival materials 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.
Related Materials
Skeeter Hill related holdings consist of 1 folder (18 35 mm. slides (photographs))
AAG.GCA_ref10921
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AAG.GCA
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Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210186984-0
Knoxville -- Skeeter Hill
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