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Archaeological Research of the Belair Garden

 
 
Archaeological Research of the Belair Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), October 2, 2022
1. Archaeological Research of the Belair Garden Marker
Inscription.  
Archaeological investigations in 1994 suggested that the terraces might have been altered in the early twentieth century. The University of Maryland Anthropology Department's Historical Archaeology section investigation in 1998 focused on the terraces, falls and earthen ramps. The eighteenth-century garden level was located, but clearly the garden had been remade when the house was expanded around 1914 by the New York firm of Delano and Aldrich.

The decision left to be made was whether to attempt to replicate the eighteenth-century parterre, or to honor the turf parterres of the twentieth-century Georgian Revival garden. The greatest portion of the modern ornamental garden is no longer on the museum property, and is thus out of our reach.

Horticultural experts researched Belair's historic documents, photographs, and scholarly work on other early American gardens. This resulting scaled down garden plan accommodates the diverse history of the gardens at Belair.

The central terraces and falls remain in turf as the Woodward family kept them during the entire twentieth-century. However, the small garden bed
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echoes both the eighteenth-century flower gardens as well as the twentieth-century ornate boxwood garden that is no longer on the museum property, but now in the neighboring pool club's grounds.
 
Erected by City of Bowie, Maryland.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArchitectureColonial EraHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1994.
 
Location. 38° 57.95′ N, 76° 44.787′ W. Marker is in Bowie, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Tulip Grove Drive just west of Tarragon Lane, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12207 Tulip Grove Dr, Bowie MD 20715, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Developing a Garden Plan (a few steps from this marker); Belair (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belair on the Home Front (about 400 feet away); Belair Stable (about 800 feet away); The Belair Stud Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Belair Stable (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stable Courtyard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Andrew Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
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Archaeological Research of the Belair Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), October 2, 2022
2. Archaeological Research of the Belair Garden Marker
landscape architecture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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