Digging Deeper: An Arts & Crafts Garden in New Haven

Digging Deeper: An Arts & Crafts Garden in New Haven

Owlpen Manor

Sun, May 26, 2019
4:00 PM

Spend Sunday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend with Martha and Jim Alexander and discuss how, as conscientious stewards of a historic property, they have balanced historic accuracy and 21st century living. Their home, Owlpen Manor, is an unusual American example of the English Arts and Crafts style typified by the work of garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Edwin Lutyens. The house was designed in 1914 by the prominent architectural firm of Delano and Aldrich, best known for more classically inspired work. In the 1920s the original owner, Elizabeth Hooker, consulted on the gardens with landscape architect Marian Coffin, whose other projects include Winterthur and Gibraltar, both in Delaware. At Owlpen Manor, house and garden are unified with stunning brick walls that extend the color and texture of the house to enclose and define the garden. The back yard features a sunken garden terminating in a vine-clad wooden pergola. Into this axial architectural framework, Martha Alexander restored lush, loose plantings and clipped hedges, and thus the dialogue between built and living elements that typifies gardens of the Arts and Crafts era. The Alexanders completed a meticulous renovation of their house and gardens in 2008 and their efforts have won awards from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the New Haven Preservation Trust.

Martha Alexander is a graphic designer and dedicated preservationist. She is a former Trustee and current Advisory Council member of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and a member of the Garden Club of New Haven and myriad other arts and preservation organizations.

Refreshments will be served. Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Owlpen Manor
New Haven, CT
Directions will be sent to registered guests only

Date and time
Sunday, May 26, 2019
4 p.m.

$30 Garden Conservancy members
$40 nonmembers

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