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Charleston -- McGee Garden

Object Details

sova.aag.gca_ref12461
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6b2a98599-09ef-4fc3-a2a2-ca4fdcf14e7c
General
The garden is located in the heart of Charleston's first suburb, Ansonborough. The present house was completed circa 1846, and reflects the Greek Revival architecture popular among Charleston's merchant class at that time. In 1969, the house was renovated; and the owner commissioned well-known Charleston landscape architect, Loutrel Briggs, to design the garden. Changes in the garden after 1992 included deepening the flower beds, the creation of a square lawn, and the addition of two square pools. In order to reduce the impact of the large driveway, double-paired parterre beds were created. The emphasis on an axial focus was achieved by large planters in line with the entrance from the loggia and the path connecting the front and rear gardens. The present owners use their garden as an extension of their house. The large plant inventory reflects the owners' interest in southern shrubs, which provide year-round color and texture.
Persons associated with the garden include: Elizabeth Kohne (former owner, 1846); Charles Leslie (former owner, 1904); Mrs. Amalia Walker (former owner, 1962); Rodney and Barbara Williams (former owners 1969-1992); Loutrel W. Briggs (landscape architect, 1969); Richard Hartledge (garden designer, 1992); Shelia Werlimer (landscape architect, 1996); Beverly Rivers (garden designer, 1992-present); Philip Simmons (iron worker, 1960s); and Rich Avert (iron worker, 1992).
Landscape architect
Briggs, Loutrel W.
Master iron worker
Simmons, Philip, 1912-2009
Former owner
Kohne, Elizabeth
Leslie, Charles
Walker, Amalia Mrs.
Williams, Rodney
Garden designer
Hartledge, Richard
Landscape architect
Werlimer, Shelia
Garden designer
Rivers, Beverly
Master iron worker
Avert, Rich
Provenance
The Palmetto Garden Club of South Carolina
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Place
McGee Garden (Charleston, South Carolina)
United States of America -- South Carolina -- Charleston County -- Charleston
Topic
Gardens -- South Carolina -- Charleston
Landscape architect
Briggs, Loutrel W.
Master iron worker
Simmons, Philip, 1912-2009
Former owner
Kohne, Elizabeth
Leslie, Charles
Walker, Amalia Mrs.
Williams, Rodney
Garden designer
Hartledge, Richard
Landscape architect
Werlimer, Shelia
Garden designer
Rivers, Beverly
Master iron worker
Avert, Rich
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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / South Carolina
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 SC087
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.
Bibliography
Garden has been published in The Charleston Gardener, by Louisa Pringle Cameron, Wyrick & Company, 2001, pp. 36-43. Also in Keeper of the Gate: Designs in Wrought Iron by Philip Simmons, by Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc., 1993, p. 26.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes a work sheet, a plant list, garden plans, copies of photographs, newspaper articles, copied material from books, and narrative descriptions of the property and its development.
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
McGee Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (11 35 mm. slides)
AAG.GCA_ref12461
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AAG.GCA
AAG
Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210186650-0
Charleston -- McGee Garden
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