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Evanston -- Bent Oaks

Object Details

sova.aag.gca_ref6764
GUID
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb66cae837d-7086-4c69-b682-6fe30879e1cd
General
Although the house on this 1.5-acre site, designed by English-born architect Ernest Mayo, was built in 1909, the current garden has been under development only since 1977. Removal and extensive renovation of existing exterior features preceded a new design highlighted by brick and stone paths, rose and herb gardens, new trees, and extensive plantings of azaleas and rhododendrons. The Ernest Mayo-designed gazebo, which had formerly been a cupola atop the Evanston City Hall, was acquired in 1979. Over the years additional improvements and plantings have been undertaken, with major work occuring in 1992-93 in conjunction with construction of an addition to the house. Additional redesign took place in 1995 and 1999. The garden was featured in the Open Days Program for the Garden Conservancy of America in 1999. From spruce trees to flowering perennials, from oak leaf hydrangea to miniature roses, this garden is characterized by its variety of plantings and its continuous evolution over the years.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Edward K. Hardy, Jr., (former owner, 1909-1924); Dr. D. B. Peck (former owner, 1924-1955); Mr. and Mrs. E. I. Hesbol (former owners, 1955-1977); Ernest Mayo (architect, 1909); Lajos Horvath (gardener, 1978-1984); Hennon Carson (gardener, 1984 to date); Bonny Ford (landscape designer, 1999 to date); Intrinsic Design (landscape designers and gardeners, 1978 to date); and ILT Vignocchi (landscape architects and contractors, 1993 to date).
Former owner
Hardy, Edward K., Jr.
Peck, D. B. Dr.
Hesbol, E. I.
Hesbol, E. I., Mrs.
Architect
Mayo, Ernest, 1865-1946
Gardener
Horvath, Lajos, d. 1999
Carson, Hennon
Landscape designer
Ford, Bonny
Intrinsic Design
Gardener
Intrinsic Design
Landscape architect
ILT Vignocchi
Contractor
ILT Vignocchi
Provenance
Garden Club of Evanston (Evanston, Ill.)
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Place
Bent Oaks (Evanston, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Cook County -- Evanston
Topic
Gardens -- Illinois -- Evanston
Former owner
Hardy, Edward K., Jr.
Peck, D. B. Dr.
Hesbol, E. I.
Hesbol, E. I., Mrs.
Architect
Mayo, Ernest, 1865-1946
Gardener
Horvath, Lajos, d. 1999
Carson, Hennon
Landscape designer
Ford, Bonny
Intrinsic Design
Gardener
Intrinsic Design
Landscape architect
ILT Vignocchi
Contractor
ILT Vignocchi
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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
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 IL109
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 a worksheet, a detailed history of the garden, a site plan, and plant lists.
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
Bent Oaks related holdings consist of 1 folder (15 35 mm. slides)
AAG.GCA_ref6764
Large EAD
AAG.GCA
AAG
Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210179258-1
Evanston -- Bent Oaks
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