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50 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Playgarden Continued from page 48 A final element in the garden is the children's adventure house, which was designed as a replica of the estate's carriage house, built with simulated brick in the Tudor style of the original. Features include a climbing wall to the second floor where a gargoyle's mouth is the start of a marble race game. It is interesting to note, the estate was built on a former quarry, once used to make glass marbles. A rope bridge connects to another room that has interactive buttons which showcase the native animal life that is found on the property, while a 15 foot twisting slide makes for an exciting exit. Referencing the estate's elliptical garden, the adventure house is encircled by a wall of evergreen trees. Plant selection to complete the garden space was based on a multitude of factors. Native plants for low maintenance areas are blended with plants found in the original gardens, to bring in continuity. The planting schedule was designed for seasonal flower color, texture and fragrance. Additional plantings were designated for interchangeable holiday displays and decorations, making the garden a fun, multi- seasonal attraction. Ultimately, The Pattie Group, Inc. designed Stan Hywet's Playgarden to allow children and adults alike to experience, and imagine what it would have been like to live at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Estate over 100 years ago, and to appreciate the historical value of this great American manor house, its grounds and the visionaries who built it. Above: Visitors are welcomed into the garden through a pergola with organ pipes that blow bubbles as music plays. The Seiberlings were fond of music, Mrs. Seiberling sang opera and played the harp and organ. Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) Weeping White Pine (Pinus strobus 'Pendula') Summer Wine Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika) Moerheim Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis)