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Avon -- The Howard Garden

Object Details

sova.aag.gca_ref21441
GUID
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6dddbacf3-d272-43ca-b1d8-fb6b5691be9e
General
The house, a popular Better Homes and Garden plan known as the "Maple Forest House", was built in 1997 and the first landscaping was put in that year. The two and one-fifth acre property is on a steep slope with rocky soil and surrounded by deep woods, while the garden and koi pond are close to the house with additional features further out in the lawn. The owners feel they live in the woods and must accommodate wildlife in their style of living and gardening. The lawn has not been treated with pesticides for ten or more years so in addition to grasses, ferns and mosses there are wildflowers and common weeds, including violets, white clover, dayflower, ground ivy, dandelions, smart weed, chicory, fleabane and thistle. Sunflowers and milkweed are encouraged to self-seed and provide food for birds and butterflies. Other wildlife seen on the property includes bears, foxes, chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels, coyotes, possums, skunks, bobcats, hawks, eagles, turkeys and deer that have lyme-disease ticks. The owners grow a small vegetable garden in plastic pots on one of the decks but are able to grow herbs in a raised bed next to the house. Annual flowers are grown in clay pots and hanging baskets, out of reach for digging dogs. The original koi pond was enlarged in 2015, a massive stone slab was installed as a bridge, and net screens attached to saplings and a plastic heron at the pond's edge keep predators away from the fish.
The garden owner is a former Garden Club of America club president.
Persons associated with the garden include Robert P. Powell (garden and pond design, 1997); Aquascapes of Connecticut (koi pond re-design and installation, 2015); Dan Isakson (lawn care, 2011- ); Dexter Cheney (woodlands and woodlot management, 2005- ).
Garden designer
Powell, Robert P.
Lawn care
Isakson, Dan
Woodlands management
Cheney, Dexter
Pond designer
Aquascapes of Connecticut
Provenance
Garden Club of Hartford
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Place
The Howard Garden (Avon, Connecticut)
United States of America -- Connecticut -- Hartford -- Avon
Topic
Gardens -- Connecticut -- Avon
Garden designer
Powell, Robert P.
Lawn care
Isakson, Dan
Woodlands management
Cheney, Dexter
Pond designer
Aquascapes of Connecticut
Provenance
Garden Club of Hartford
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Connecticut
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.
Custodial History
The Garden Club of Hartford facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
Identifier
AAG.GCA, File CT750
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
This property is featured in "A Storybook Home" by Michaela Mahady, published in Taunton's Fine Homebuilding, September 1996, pp. 96-101.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes worksheets and a bibliography.
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
The Howard Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (24 digital images; 4 photographic prints)
AAG.GCA_ref21441
Large EAD
AAG.GCA
AAG
Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210177481-1
Avon -- The Howard Garden
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