Minute Man National Historical ParkStedman Buttrick Estate
Blossom, Harold Hill 1879-1935
National Park Service
2 folders+ 48 35 mm. slides, 2 4 x 5 col. transparencies, 2 8 x 10 photoprints, and 5 strips (4 images each) of 120 mm. negatives
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Concord
Buttrick Mansion (Concord, Massachusetts)
Mr. and Mrs. Stedman Buttrick developed extensive perennial gardens with irises being emphasized. Several acres of land were terraced with iris, peonies, hemerocallis, lilies, phlox, and other perennials. There were nearly 200 varieties of bearded irises. Many of Buttrick's white and blue varieties were displayed in American and British flower shows. In the 1950s, National Geographic published a feature article on the gardens. In 1965, the National Park Service bought the property and are currently in a state of disrepair.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Stedman Buttrick (former owners, ca. 1925-1965); National Park Service (present owners, 1965-present); James Purdon (architect, ca. 1911); Charles Wheeler (landscape designer, 1911); and Harold Blossom (landscape designer, 1923 and 1925).
MA179042-MA179047, taken in 1988 by Anne Wardell, are close-ups of irises.
The folders include worksheets, inventories of images, a typed copy of a 1925 planting plan, and copies of articles.
Garden featured in National Geographic, May 1959
Garden featured in "A New England Perennial Garden," Better Homes and Gardens America's Gardens (New York: Meredith Press, 1964)