451 Lakeshore Lane – Modernist Lakeside Paradise
Nestled on the north end of Eastwood Lake in one of the most beautiful spots in Chapel Hill, the garden reflects the owners’ lifestyle and classic mid-century home, designed by Arthur Cogswell in 1965. The house is surrounded by ten garden beds,mature oaks, and ironwoods, with a gorgeous understory of Japanese maples,dogwoods, crepe myrtles, hollies, red buds, hydrangeas, and azaleas. The garden beds are interconnected by blended mondo, liriope, ajuga, and pachysandra groundcovers, sounding a 60’s design note and providing year-round deer-resistant interest. A dinner bell from the Brown family’s historic Maryland farm greets you at the front of the home, while an oak leaf sculpture evokes the majestic grove above. Don’t miss the elegant, tranquil reflecting pond in the front courtyard. The owner’s rusted iron artwork enlivens the well-designed addition.
As you walk the flower and shrub-lined paths toward the lake, a splendid Lady Banks Rose frames one side of a patio, where a mobile worktable is filled with dried gourds galore. The modernist clothesline, charming chicken coop (home of free rangers Holly, Honey, and Hunter), and gourd “worm” add touches of rustic whimsy. A vacation vibe emanates from the lakeside dock, sauna, and an enticing hammock. Flowering perennials frame the lake and a unique raised vegetable garden surprise. The lush green lawn is bordered by a shade garden in this haven. Every scene is peaceful and relaxing. Take in the spectacular one-mile view across Eastwood Lake, where it joins the meandering Cedar Fork Creek, and exhale.
Highlighted Plants: (click on name for information on the plant)
Terrain: Primarily level ground
Photographs courtesy Daphne McLeod and Kathy Swendiman, unless otherwise noted.