Alden Park Apartments Formal Gardens Restoration – Philadelphia, PA

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Alden Park Apartments Formal Gardens Restoration – Philadelphia, PA

Formal Gardens
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Historical Research, Design, Planting, Finish Grading, Seeding, Irrigation, Maintenance

Following the successful refurbishment of a patio space outside of the historic indoor pool Alden Park Apartments and Scully Property approached Shearon to restore the formal gardens that were part of the Strawbridge Estate that originally occupied the property. Through years of neglect and a lack of planning, the overgrown garden had declined to the point where it was an eyesore on the property. Shearon worked with the owners to research archive photos of the space to determine the best plan for restoring the gardens for today’s uses.

Shearon restored the schist stone walls matching new stone and mortar to the existing materials. Shearon restored and re-laid existing flagstone paving, replacing broken stone with matching weathered flagstone. The existing pond was filled and planted while the statue was restored and reinstalled at an elevation that it would be visible above the new plantings. The rest of the gardens plantings were planted with both modern varieties of period plantings and appropriate contemporary introductions. The garden space and surrounding lawn were irrigated. The end product is a garden that is both a relaxing place for residents to unwind and a marketing asset to the apartment