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Victorian By Design

 
 
Victorian By Design Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 5, 2019
1. Victorian By Design Marker
Inscription.  Woodrow Wilson's mother, Janet "Jessie" Wilson, is said to have planned their new home's landscape. Garden design during the 1870s sought to extend a home's interior beyond its windows by arranging plantings in a way that was visually appealing to people indoors. The Woodrow Wilson Family Home garden was designed in this traditional Victorian style.

Typical Victorian yards were divided into private, working areas in the rear and public gardens in the front. Formal spaces featured large annual and perennial flower beds of bold colors, as well as ornamental trees and shrubs.

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Founded in 1926, Columbia Garden Club promotes the love of gardening among amateurs, supports civic beautification in both public and private places, and protects our native trees, flowers and birds through conservation efforts. The Woodrow Wilson Family Home Gardens illustrates the club's exemplary commitment to beautification in Columbia.
 
Location. 34° 0.489′ N, 81° 1.615′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker
Victorian By Design Marker  <i>wide view</i><br>(<i>looking east across Wilson home grounds</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 5, 2019
2. Victorian By Design Marker wide view
(looking east across Wilson home grounds)
can be reached from the intersection of Hampton Street and Henderson Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the Woodrow Wilson Family Home grounds, beside the sidewalk, overlooking the gardens on the east side of the house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1705 Hampton Street, Columbia SC 29201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodrow Wilson Family Home & Gardens (a few steps from this marker); Wilson Boyhood House (a few steps from this marker); Wilson House (a few steps from this marker); Pieces of the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Divided By Design (within shouting distance of this marker); Tommy Wilson's Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fortunate Survivor (within shouting distance of this marker); "Chesnut Cottage" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Woodrow Wilson Family Home
 
Categories. Architecture
 
Marker detail: Carnations image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Carnations
Bedding and border plants in gardens of this era included geraniums, verbenas, petunias, garden pinks, salvias, zinnias, dahlias, carnations (pictured), cannas and caladiums.

Image reproduced from Moreton, Charles Oscar. Old carnations and pinks. London: G. Rainbird; Collins, 1955.
Marker detail: Landscape Architecture image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Landscape Architecture
Jessie Wilson may have been inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing, one of the founders of American landscape architecture. Downing's designs used barriers, including hedges and trellises, to separate work and public spaces.

Image reproduced from Downing, Andrew Jackson.Cottage Residences: Or, A Series of Designs for Rural Cottages and Cottage Villas, and Their Gardens and Grounds, Adapted to North America. New York: Wiley & Halsted, 1856.
Woodrow Wilson Family Home - Front Yard Garden (<i>view southwest from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 5, 2019
5. Woodrow Wilson Family Home - Front Yard Garden (view southwest from near marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 105 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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