The Woodland Shade Garden
Under an old white pine tree in a corner of front yard is a garden typical of the woodland landscapes found throughout Ohio. The Akron Garden Club rescued many of the plants from a Medina County development.
Along the ADA walkway are peonies hybridized by William Kreckler, of Troy, Ohio and furnished by Kleim Nursery and Dr. and Mrs. Louis Gaker of Middletown.
In the south side of yard around the state seal sculpture are many Dogwood trees. The Garden Club of Ohio gave two of the dogwoods. Three are from Peter White of Earthscapes who traces the heritage of the trees to Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Governor Taft as a Mother’s Day present to his wife, Hope, planted the pink dogwood. The yellow seeded dogwood, as yet unnamed, was discovered by Bill Hendricks of Klyn Nursery and given to the Tafts by the Residence staff for Christmas 2004.