44 Landscape Architect and Specifier News
The pergola, a close copy of one at Frederick Law
Olmsted's Biltmore estate, overlooks the formal garden
and garden rooms. It has limestone columns and
reclaimed timbers. The large beech tree was one of the
few planting remnants.
Middle & Bottom
The centerpiece of the Olmsted brothers' gardens was a
central fountain. Since the fountain no longer existed, a
similar fountain was purchased from Authentic Provence,
a Florida company. Esarey said the fountain was delivered
to the site as a package, base and all. It sits at the
entrance to the garden rooms. Hicksii taxus is planted in
the garden entry court. The central courtyard is lime dust
with a cobblestone border.