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Gulf Stream -- Fairy Garden on Lemon Hill

Object Details

Most gardens come into their own when the plants grow and fill in spaces. The Fairy Garden on Lemon Hill is comprised of young plants and bonsai that are in scale with its miniature castle and other houses, fountain, stone walls, gates and furniture, and fairy figurines. The Fairy Garden occupies a ten foot by thirty foot space on a three acre property that takes its name from the Meyer lemon trees grown in the vicinity. The Fairy Garden is sited in a sheltered space seen from the resort colonial style house designed in the 1930s by architects Wyeth & King, and near the guest house and swimming pool. It is visited often by school and scout groups, and is a special project for the owner and her grandchildren. Created in 2007, the original inspirations were miniature gardens found in Ireland and in books.
Since the climate is tropical the Fairy Garden is laid out on mosses under the shade of overhanging lady and areca palm trees and croton. Bonsai in the garden include ficus, mimosa, juniper, spruce, and boxwood. Other plants used include many succulents, purple shamrock, dracaena marginata, mondo grass, red shrimp plant, sedum stonecrop, dianthus, bacopa, antherium and polka dot plant.
Persons associated with the property include Harold Johnson (former owner, 1939); William Wallace (former owner, 1986-1996); Marion Sims Wyeth and Frederic Rhinelander King, Wyeth & King (architects, 1930s).
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Fairy Garden on Lemon Hill (Gulf Stream, Florida)
United States of America -- Florida -- Palm Beach County -- Gulf Stream
Gardens -- Florida -- Gulf Stream
Miniature gardens
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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Florida
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Custodial History
The Grass River Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File FL173
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
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This property is featured in "A Fairy Garden: Cultivating a Tiny Land of Enchantment" by Mary Jane Fine, published in The Coastal Star, May 2011.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of images, a chronology and other information.
Collection Restrictions
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Related Materials
Fairy Garden on Lemon Hill related holdings consist of 1 folder (2 photographic prints + 14 digital images)
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Record ID
Gulf Stream -- Fairy Garden on Lemon Hill
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