The Bower

The Mountains

The Design

The Wildlife

The Landscape

Our landscape is a six acre meadow embraced by a 30 acre woodland. Our vision is to sensitively enhance the site lines and long views across the meadow, develop intimate spaces with native plantings and curate sculpture to create interest and intrigue.  Sculptures provide structure, contrast and focal points within the landscape. We engaged the landscape architecture firm Oehme, Van Sweden (OvS) of Washington D.C. in 2019  to help us create a master plan for The Bower.  Each landscaped area is planned to complement the whole and be designed to enhance but not replace the native meadow and woodland. Paths throughout the open areas and tall stand forest will provide our visitors with the opportunity to encounter flora, fauna and unique geologic features of the Pennsylvania Appalachian Mountain region.

 

 

The Plantings

We partnered in 2020 with Larry Weaner Landscape Associates of Glenside, PA to implement the landscape design.  The resulting gardens, meadow drifts, and accents will mature and continue to develop over the next 3-5 years. Over 100 varieties of native trees, shrubs, forbs, and grasses are on display at The Bower.   Garden spaces and meadows display plantings which delight bees, birds, butterflies, praying mantis, and people.  Native plantings have been selected that thrive without extra care, are generally deer resistant, and provide food and habitat for local insects and wildlife. Mowed lawn is kept to a minimum.  Organic fertilizers and pest control methods are used exclusively. Grass clippings, leaves, and other biomass from the property are composted on site or left to provide habitat for wildlife.

The Landscape Features

The Lawn

Through the arched stone wall entry is the lawn area where groups can gather, surrounded by native plantings and meadows, woods edge, and the forest.

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The Meadow

A large native meadow encompasses the six acre open area of The Bower, providing habitat for pollinators, birds, and other creatures. Drifts of native perennials have been added to enhance the naturally existing meadow forbs and grasses.

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The Residential Gardens

The gardens surrounding the residence and pool area of the Allis's home are planted primarily with native species of trees, shrubs, and forbs, demonstrating an alternative to traditional residential landscaping.

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The Copses

Copses of trees dot the meadow forming shady "bowers", with varied tree species and unique features.

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The Woods Edge

The transition from meadow to woods or savanna is a partially shaded plant community of small trees, shrubs, forbs, ferns, and mosses.

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The Forest

Trails throughout the thirty acres of forest take visitors through a diversity of forest species and settings.

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The Pioneer Forest

When a meadow is left undisturbed for many years, it will return to its natural state, the forest, with fast growth species as the "pioneers".

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The Wetlands

Throughout The Bower are a variety of wetland habitats that can be found as one traverses the meadow, the woods edge, and the forest.

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bower (noun) 1. a pleasant shady place; 2. a retreat or sanctuary