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Blue & White Garden

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
1. Blue & White Garden Marker
Inscription.  The Blue & White Garden was also called the “Intimate Garden” by Mary Clark Thompson. Constructed in 1912, it was the first of three garden rooms designed by Mary Clark Thompson’s landscape architect John Handrahan and was built adjacent to the mansion’s veranda. The garden contained only blue and white annuals and long-blooming perennials. The Blue & White Garden is 40 feet by 60 feet and has a curved aluminum trellis. The garden features a marble pavilion; classical statues; marble walkways; stone benches, and a fountain pool, graced by water sprites. Much of the garden’s original architectural elements can still be seen here today.

John Handrahan, Mary Clark Thompson’s landscape architect, planted 15 species of flowers in this garden. Among the blue flowers were gentian, salvia, lobelia, larkspur, and delphinium. Among the whites were sweet alyssum, campanula, phlox, hyacinth, agapanthus, and two types of lilies.

This garden has also been referred to as the Marble Garden and Little Garden.

The tile roof of the pavilion, seen in this early 20th-century photograph, was restored in 1996. The pavilion and the
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
2. Blue & White Garden & Marker
trellis were restored in 1998 as well as the wrought-iron scrollwork entrance gates, which were modeled after gates in a Roman garden.

Historic photographs similar to this one provided the basis for replicating the garden’s urns and statues and documented the shape of the beds and plant materials.
 
Location. 42° 53.977′ N, 77° 16.29′ W. Marker is in Canandaigua, New York, in Ontario County. Marker can be reached from Charlotte Street near Howell Street. Marker is on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua NY 14424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pansey Garden (a few steps from this marker); Moonlight Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Old-Fashioned Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peacock House/Aviary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rock Garden (about 500 feet away); Japanese Garden (about 500 feet away); Japanese Garden & Tea House (about 600 feet away); Granger Homestead (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canandaigua.
 
Also see . . .  Sonnenberg.org. A non-profit organization, Sonnenberg operates in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
3. Blue & White Garden Walkway
Marble stairs from mansion to garden.
Preservation and relies solely on visitor admissions, memberships, donations, wine and gift center sales, and special events to preserve public access to the site. – Quoted from a printed self-guided tour provided upon admission. (Submitted on June 23, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Categories. Architecture
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
4. Blue & White Garden
Back of marker at left.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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