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A Formal Groundbreaking

When the Mission Hills Garden Club approached SOHO's Whaley House Garden Restoration Committee with the proposal to "adopt" an area of the Whaley House gardens we were all delighted with their generosity and held several planning discussions to make the most of this opportunity. After considering all areas of the property, the two groups agreed on the Derby-Pendleton House gardens as the ideal location.

The Derby-Pendleton House, built in 1851, is located on the northwest corner of the Whaley House grounds. It faces Harney Street and, with its picket fence and linear planting areas, is well suited for the period garden most appropriate to the site. The plans developed by SOHO's committee were introduced and agreed on with few changes.

An old-fashioned rose garden will be the main focal point of this area, complemented by the existing buddleias, watsonias, abelias and an angel's trumpet. The heirloom roses will be underplanted by Santa Barbara daisies and violets from other Whaley House garden areas will be tucked into shady areas. There will be a pomegranate tree in the center of the lawn and a lemonadeberry bush planted by the entrance. The hedges surrounding the brick paths were removed to improve access to all visitors; the hedges had made the paths too narrow for wheelchairs and other mobility assistance vehicles.

The Brickman Group landscaping company is donating the restructure of the irrigation system for the area, plant removal and planting the new plants. Their expertise will help ensure the beauty of these gardens for many years.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held January 15, 2004. Members present from the Mission Hills Garden Club were Elaine Huntington, Barbara Strona, Fran Takvam, Barbara Kocmur, from the Brickman Group, Ltd. were Curtis Brooks and Mike Ellison, and from SOHO's Garden Restoration Committee were Jessica McGee and David Swarens. We hope you'll stop by and enjoy this garden's progress soon!

2004 - Volume 35, Issue 1


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