United States of America, New Jersey, Essex County, West Orange
Pleasantdale Farm (West Orange, New Jersey)
Designed by Ethelbert E. Furlong, this estate garden was originally 85 acres. Although it ceased being a private residence in the 1960s, the gardens were preserved at least until 1988, when many of the photographs in the file were taken. Furlong's design called for formal gardens to surround the French provincial mansion, complemented by informally treated water areas designed to enhance the country-like atmosphere of the estate. Garden borders and parterre gardens, in which the plantings were changed several times each year, provided bold color to accent the surrounding greenery.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Nichols (former owners, 1933-1963); Ethelbert E. Furlong (landscape architect, 1930s); Augustus Allen (architect, 1930s); and Allied-Signal Inc. (former owner, 1963-?).
The folders include worksheets, correspondence, and photocopies of articles about the garden and Charles W. Nichols.
Garden has been featured in James Marston Fitch and F. F. Rockwell, Treasury of American Gardens (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956), pp. 160-161