Landscape gardeners have been at work for months transforming acres of rough hillside into one of the most charming gardens imaginable. Rocky hillsides have been converted into green slopes and rough meadows into graceful stretches of lawn through which paths wind among trees and shrubbery to rustic summer houses and cosy loitering places on slight eminences and shady nooks. Miniature lakes fed by a natural spring whose waters gush from the hillside give the finishing touches to a place of rare charm.
Dr. and Mrs. Wile will receive the guests in a tent upon the lawn just south of the house. They will be assisted by Miss Alice Wile and William Roach of Boston who is their guest. From the reception tent, guests will pass to the peristyle which forms the approach to the entrance to the gardens.
The peristyle is complete except for nature’s work in growing the vines which, in another season, will enclose and canopy it completely. The columns of the peristyle are white and between them are reproductions of Italian statuary in plaster Paris upon marble pedestals and casts of vases of Italian modeling. Beyond the peristyle on the summit of the hill overlooking the gardens is a tall flag staff from which the national colors will float. The Danbury band will be stationed beneath the flag while the reception is in progress.
Then by winding paths the guests may stroll from point to point as fancy may dictate, finding some new pleasure in unexpected places. The paths will lead first to the rustic summerhouse on the summit of a slightly knoll overlooking the gardens below, where ice cream will be served. Further along flavors of flowers will be dispensed in a summerhouse elaborately adorned with blossoms and leaves. Still farther on the punch will be served in another rustic bower.
Hawaii has a prominent place in the nomenclature of the gardens. A bridge thrown across the miniature lake is called “Heialua” being named after a bridge in Hawaii from which it was designed. Dr. Wile was attracted by the beauty of the bridge while traveling in Hawaii and caused photographs to be made of it, from which the bridge at Tarrywile was fashioned. A summerhouse near the grassy shore of the lakes is name “Wikeke” after a famous Hawaiian watering place not far from Honolulu. One of the summer houses appropriately situated on high ground is named the Punch Bowl after an old volcano crater back of Honolulu.
The porch decorations will be large Japanese globes brought from Honolulu.
The flowers will be distributed by the Missus Natalie and Margaret Rogers who will be chaperoned by Miss Edith Nerrick and Mrs. H. F. Brownlee, Misses Mayme Sue Brown and Marie Rogers will serve in the Japanese tea house.
It is doubtful if there is any other country place in Connecticut possessing such delightful environment, both natural and designed, as Tarrywile and its beauty will increase year by year as the trees and shrubbery, many of which have just been set out, grow into the forest which will eventually surround the place.