458 Meylert St Laporte PA 18626
The Baldwin House gardens
When the Baldwins purchased the property, there was no significant landscaping except the presence of several large lilac bushes. Guy Baldwin built the patio using large stones brought from the east side of Lake Mokoma and equipment from his business. He also built the stone wall supporting the terrace and had the area backfilled with good soil. Peg Baldwin’s father was a frequent visitor and delighted in bringing his daughter an assortment of plants, bulbs and shrubs. These are the foundation of today’s perimeter screening.
The Baldwin’s twin sons built the playhouse in the yard with their father’s help. The boys decided that they too wanted a terraced patio. Using stone left-over from the main house project, they built what you see on the east side of the playhouse, which is now used as a garden shed for the constant upkeep of the Baldwin House yard and gardens.
Since acquiring the Baldwin House property there has been an ongoing “reclaiming” of the yard to bring it to what you see today. Heavy pruning and cutting back of years of overgrowth for the lilac, wild rose, honeysuckle and rhododendron has been achieved. A white picket “wren hole” fence has been constructed along the front of the property and along the Meylert Street side. Behind the fence, a low stone wall was built to terrace the bank where a perennial flower garden has been planted. Wren houses, placed atop the gate posts are now user friendly homes for feathered friends.
Throughout the yard are gardens that include medicinal and culinary herbs, native wildflowers, native ferns, shade loving plants and decorative flowers for you to enjoy.
We hope you take as much pleasure in viewing the Baldwin House as the Society has had planning and working to achieve what you will see today.
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