2 folders+ 18 35 mm. slides; 2 120 mm. slides; 29 photoprints; 143 negatives
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, New York, Suffolk County, Islip
Twyford (Islip, New York)
Twyford was the home of Charles D. and Natalie Peters Webster on the south shore of Long Island. Although the entire property encompassed nearly 200 acres, the gardens, house, and outbuildings were confined to 10 acres, which in turn was part of a 30-acre tract of open fields, marshland, and woods. The Websters began gardening in 1936, when they moved to the late 19th-century house. Formal beds and paths and other designs were complemented by a greenhouse, potting house and tool shed, and an octagonal lathhouse. Other features included a swimming pool, extensive borders and planting of broad-leaved evergreens, lawns, a waterfowl pool, and a farmyard. The property was given by the Websters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1968 (with life tenancy). The house and other buildings were demolished in 2002 despite the efforts of several preservation groups to save them.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Charles D. Webster (former owner, d. 1998); Natalie Peters Webster (former owner); and Nelva M. Weber (landscape architect, c. 1960-1973).
The folders include work sheets, a 1963 description of the garden by Charles D. Webster, a garden plan, a map of the area, and a copy of an article about the property.
Garden has been featured in Nelva M. Weber, How to Plan Your Own Home Landscape (Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1976), pp. 105, 107, 145, 149, 204, 220, 224, 226, 234-235, 277, and 279
Garden has been featured in Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities Preservation Notes Newsletter, XXXVI, Nos. 1 and 2 (Fall 2000)
Garden has been featured in Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities Preservation Notes Newsletter, XXXVIII, Nos. 1 and 2 (Fall 2002)
Garden has been featured in Stanley Schuler, America's Great Private Gardens (New York: Macmillan, 1967), p. 46