American Landscape Architect Ellen Biddle Shipman planned Aiken’s “Balcony”
The grounds surrounding “The Balcony” of Aiken are exquisitely designed with lawns, gardens, walkways and groves. They are the signature work of Ellen Biddle Shipman, born in 1865 in Philadelphia. She became famous for her inviting styling of formal gardens and her lush planting style. “The Balcony” – on Whiskey Road in Aiken – is one of the few intact Southern specimens of her creative work.
The grounds are rich with grand old camellias, tea olives, azaleas, oaks, roses and palms. The pines and hardwoods now tower over the estate in a regal fashion. And Shipman’s use of small forest walkways and grand allées instilled an exciting variety to the estate.
Like so many aspects of “The Balcony,” the finest designers and materials were put to use, and they are nearly perfectly preserved for your enjoyment today. Ellen Biddle Shipman and architect Julian Peabody created a masterpiece! Available for sale at 803-640-0123.