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Buttrick Mansion ca. 1965-1988

Title: Minute Man National Historical ParkStedman Buttrick Estate
Landscape architect:
Blossom, Harold Hill 1879-1935
National Park Service
Physical description:
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)
ca 1965-1988
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).
35 mm. slides MA179001-MA179021 are images or copies of photographs, plans, or transparencies.
The majority of originals belong to Minute Man National Historical Park and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Two 35 mm. slides are copies of 4 x 5 transparencies taken by Molly Adams.
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Images, plans and plant lists are located at Minute Man National Historical Park.
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)
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Gardens, PO Box 37012, Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506, Washington, DC 20013-7012
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Data Source:
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