Landscape Architects Plan for the Formal Garden
William Coombs Codman bought the house and 72 acre farm in 1902. He was a wealthy businessman from Boston. His father had made his fortune selling medical instruments to the Union Army during the Civil War.
Codman enjoyed the farm as a summer retreat and in 1929 he hired Mary Cunningham, a Boston Landscape Architect to design formal gardens behind the house. Some remnants of Mary's plan can still be seen today, including the stone walls and path, and the "pool" which now surrounds a maple tree in the yard's center.
Notice the "Existing Apple". Mary drew the stone wall directly through it. Then, realizing her mistake, drew the curved wall which still stands around that apple tree today.