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Winnetka -- Garden of Many Circles

Former owner:
Rosenblate, Howard Dr.  Search this
Garden designer:
Visokey, Kim  Search this
Path designer:
Kettelkamp, Ryan  Search this
Architect:
Huszagh, Ralph D., 1898-1977  Search this
Provenance:
Garden Guild of Winnetka  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Garden of Many Circles (Winnetka, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Cook -- Winnetka
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information.
General:
The one-acre property had a traditional style house built during the Colonial Revival period in the 1930's, a swimming pool and cabana and a backyard lawn in 1999 when the owners moved in. They removed the swimming pool and built a berm to block the street planted with deciduous and evergreen trees. Those trees form the backdrop for the colorful perennial borders that have been developed over the years by the self-taught garden designer. There are five distinct garden rooms: the circular motor court with layered green hedges and ground covers; the sunken garden that features a circular fountain in a round pool behind an ornate wrought iron fence; two labyrinthine lawns; the deep perennial borders surrounding the entire property with curving edges that disguise its rectangular shape; and a small succulent garden. Stands of clipped arborvitae staggered and planted at angles add backdrop and contrast to the mounded shapes of other shrubs and perennials. Plant varieties have been chosen for contrasting colors and textures and several large planted urns add dimension.
The lawns are mowed by hand in spirals alternating bands of cut and uncut grass. The garden designer had a background in painting and visited other gardens during open days and the nearby Chicago Botanic Garden to learn how their borders were designed as well as learning about the soil conditions plants need. Early efforts with a few plants that were on sale in the fall and did not survive the winter have evolved to planned groupings of twenty or more plants of the same variety or same color and shrub textures that add winter interest. On the advice of landscape architect Ryan Kettelkamp the entire garden is ringed by a gravel path edged in brick that also cuts through the deep perennial borders. The Garden of Many Circles has been chosen to participate in the Garden Conservancy North Shore Open Days.
Persons associated with the garden include Dr. Howard Rosenblate (former owner, 1970-1999); Kim Visokey (garden designer, 1999-present); Ryan Kettelkamp (path designer, 2009); Ralph D. Huszagh (1898-1977) (architect, 1935).
Related Materials:
Garden of Many Circles related holdings consist of 1 folder (17 digital images; 4 photographic prints)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images 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.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- Illinois -- Winnetka  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File IL182
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref6849

[Garden of Many Circles]: drought tolerant and winter hardy succulent plants grow between dressed bluestone slabs.

Photographer:
Carroll, Geraldine B.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Digital image (JPEG file, col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Digital images
Place:
Garden of Many Circles (Winnetka, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Cook -- Winnetka
Date:
2014 Jun.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images 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.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- Illinois -- Winnetka  Search this
Succulent plants  Search this
Patios  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Boxwood  Search this
Containers  Search this
Ornamental grasses  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital images
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item IL182009
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois / IL182: Winnetka -- Garden of Many Circles
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref7194

[Garden of Many Circles]: a light snow shows off the mowed spiral lawn, the staggered arborvitae hedges and the smoke bush.

Photographer:
Carroll, Geraldine B.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Digital image (JPEG file, col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Digital images
Place:
Garden of Many Circles (Winnetka, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Cook -- Winnetka
Date:
2014 Dec.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images 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.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- Illinois -- Winnetka  Search this
Winter  Search this
Snow  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Thuja  Search this
Benches  Search this
Urns  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital images
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item IL182014
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois / IL182: Winnetka -- Garden of Many Circles
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref7196

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