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Dover, MA

The scope of this project consisted of updating a historic cottage garden originally designed in 1929 by landscape architect Mary Cunningham.


Dedham Street

The homeowner of this historic home and horse farm asked Shoplick Landscape Architecture to redesign a garden adjacent to her home in an English cottage garden style. The property had once been owned by Amelia Peabody, a wealthy Boston philanthropist, and sculptor, who had hired landscape architect Mary Cunningham to design its garden. Most of the plants in Cunningham's garden had been lost through the years, and it's altered paths had fallen into disrepair. 

Shoplick's research uncovered an article in a 1930 House Beautiful magazine that contained images and information on the Cunningham garden. Combining this historic information with the current homeowner's desires, Shoplick developed a plan that respected many of Cunningham's ideas, but which also added a few modern site elements, including a small seating area adjacent to the house.  Most of Cunningham's axial relationships between the house and the pergola at the far end of garden were maintained, and the brick paths were re-laid in the original running bond pattern. 

Since little information existed about the plants used in 1929, the garden was planted with current varieties of traditional shrubs, perennials, and bulbs, including the homeowner's favorite David Austin roses. 


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