Two Gates is our family's private residence located in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Built in 1929, the home is a double-walled, slate-roofed traditional foursquare design (popular during the mid-1890s to the late-1930s). Influenced by the Prairie School and Craftsman styles of the time, the dwelling was constructed using local materials and features built-ins and other amenities.
Although there have been considerable changes to the landscape over the years, the current garden has been designed in sympathy with its setting. The home appears to spring from the flower beds surrounding it, seamlessly blending house and garden. Consisting of layered-beds filled with cottage-style plants and flowers, the present-day design pays homage to the time period during which the home was constructed.
When photographing our property I pay special attention to the relationship between plants and animals. Recognized as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat as well as a Penn State Extension Master Gardener Certified Pollinator Friendly Garden, and a Manada Conservancy certified Habitat for All, the land is home to a variety of plant and animal species; many of the plant species are native to North America and/or Pennsylvania.