Houghton Garden in the Webster Conservation Area [1935?] - 1987
Houghton, Clement S. Mr. Mrs.
Houghton, Martha G
Manning, Warren M
City of Newton owner
Chapman & Frazer architects
2 folders+ 34 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Massachusetts, Chestnut Hill
Houghton Garden in the Webster Conservation Area (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)
1935 - 1987
The garden is a woodland garden originally part of a 26-acre estate. It was transformed to a public "stroll" garden, when, in 1968, the garden was purchased by the City of Newton. Work on the Houghton's garden and dam began in 1906. Azaleas and broad leafed evergreens were planted around the dammed pond. A professional survey prior to 1932 helped to evolve small hills, valleys, and winding paths, which connected the path bordering the water-course. The alpine garden, where Reginald Farrer (author of The English Rock Garden) died years before, was begun in 1919.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Clement S. Houghton (former owners, 1906-1956); City of Newton (owners, 1968-present); Chapman & Frazer (architects of house, 1906); Warren M. Manning (landscape architect, 1906); Prof. Charles Sargent (plant dispersements, 1910-1920); and Martha Houghton (garden designer, 1906-1958).
Martha Houghton, garden designer, was one of the founders of the American Rock Garden Society.
The folder includes work sheet, 1997 Trail Guide of Houghton Garden, copy of history, 1936 nursery receipt, plant list, and a 1979 trail map.