Sunday, May 16, 2010

Aullwood Garden and House Tour

Aullwood Garden

This nationally recognized, historic estate garden is rich in plant diversity, habitats and tranquility. Many bird and butterfly species are observed here. The garden acquired its present configuration in the two decades following John and Marie’s marriage in 1923. From the beginning, Wiles Creek served as a landscape focus and the forest shade determined the selection of plants. Tens of thousands of Virginia bluebells that now cover the hillsides in late April are the progeny of 500 plants they purchased.

John Aull, president of Aull Brothers Box Company, believed that the land where he and Marie lived was to be shared with the public.

The Aull family spent considerable time traveling abroad and brought back ideas for their gardens. The garden rooms contain native plants, plus plants from around the world.

Aullwood Garden MetroPark underwent many changes as flood waters wiped out entire peony beds; and as shade intensified. The topography and plantings were done carefully to imitate nature. It was intended as a retreat from the pressures of city living.

The park became a MetroPark in 1977, when the land was put into a living trust.

His Wife, Maria, lived on the land until her death in 2002 at the age of 102.

Here are a few pics from my visit

Burr Oak
If you look real close you can see the red marker.
This was the high water line from Dayton's Great Flood of 1913

First  glimpse of the house

The Pond
Mr. Aull was said to have swam in the pond everyday

The 500 year old Sycamore

The Sycamore Lawn

The House

The Aull's Wedding Invitation

A few of Mrs. Aull's belongings

Mrs. Aull's gardening hat

I love this old Stove!

Mrs. Aull and a lamb on Aullwood Farm

The Garden's caretaker and our guide......he has been working at the Garden a looooong time

See the Woodpecker holes?

I am totally in love with Aullwood Metropark! So much so that I joined the Friends of Aullwood.
Come back to visit real soon for pictures of Aullwood Farm.

No comments: