John and Mary Alice Roche worked as a team to photograph gardens for publications such as House Beautiful, House and Garden, Horticulture, Popular Gardening, Flower Grower, Brooklyn Botanic Bulletin and several books. Mr. and Mrs. Roche both graduated from the Clarence H. White School of Photography; John Roche later taught there. Together the Roches operated a photography studio in Caldwell, New Jersey. They co-wrote the book, Photographing Your Flowers; a Practical Guide for Indoor and Outdoor Use, published in 1954.
"Mary Alice Roche, 1917 - 2004...in 1971, with Charlotte Selver, established the Sensory Awareness Foundation, and was its managing secretary and bulletin editor for many years. A former member of the Sensory Awareness leaders Guild with a private practice, she was also a director of The Lifwynn Foundation, whose social research combines intellectual and somatic investigation." (from Sensory Awareness Foundation)
The Roche Collection consists of photographic images of twenty-five private gardens in California, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York taken by John and Mary Alice Roche from the 1950s through the early 1970s.
The garden owner name, location, and special features are written on the backs of many of the transparency mounts and photographs. All photos are stamped on the back with original licensing information.
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: firstname.lastname@example.org