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 will 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 garden 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

Our perennial garden spaces and meadows will display plantings which delight bees, birds, butterflies, praying mantis, and people. Primary plants selected will be natives that will thrive without extra care and provide food and habitat for local insects and wildlife. Any non-native plants will be drought tolerant and provide benefit to insects and wildlife. Mowed lawn will be minimal on the site.  Organic fertilizers and pest control methods will be used exclusively. Grass clippings, leaves, and other biomass from the property will be composted for garden use.

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.

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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 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 than can be found a 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

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