Fitch-Sweet

A Grand Urban Oasis Restored

A grove of soaring 100+ year old  White oaks anchors the symmetry of this historic  garden in the heart of Chapel Hill.  This stately property slopes gently downward from city street to the Bolin Creek.  Walk from the deck at the back of the house through a range of light conditions and microclimates that support an ingenious garden of aesthetic edibles, sun-dappled formal plantings, and shade-loving species.

Stop and listen to the constant bustle and songs of birds in the high canopy.  Note the great old camellias along the south property line, planted by UNC Professor and previous owner Milton S. Heath.  Observe the unique discrete deer fencing and the attractive cold frames integrated into the landscape.  Enjoy the sweep, diversity, and visual harmony of this sublimely beautiful urban sanctuary for wildlife and people.The garden was overrun by exotic invasives in 2010, when the current owners purchased the property.  Chip Calloway of Greensboro created the sketch plan that has guided restoration of this majestic garden.

This garden is a short walk from the Coker/Burns garden.

 

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Photographs courtesy Daphne McLeod, unless otherwise noted.