Garden Street Garden
The Garden Street Garden is inspirational for its complexity and attention to form, history, and beauty. It was created by the combined talents of an American architect who spent his formative years in France and his wife, an Englishwoman of great horticultural experience. Drawing on French and Italian traditions of structure and formality and the English horticultural tradition of interconnected garden rooms and successive waves of abundant planting, they have created one of the most significant gardens in Cambridge.
Surrounding a beautifully sited colonial revival house, the garden is in a quiet cul-de-sac off a busy Cambridge street. Integral to the beauty and restraint of the garden is its use of fencing, all designed by the architect. Hedges of yew, lilac, viburnum, and hibiscus create “walls” for the series of garden rooms, which include a circle garden, the east and west gardens, a front garden, and a rose garden. White has been chosen as the unifying theme with two specific color palettes, white, blue and pink for the formal East Garden, with white, blue and yellow dominating in the spring.
For more photographs and information on the garden, here is the link to the report that CP&GC submitted to the Smithsonian.