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Stoke, 1914-1949?

Former owner:
Harris, Eleanor Truax 1868-1937
Harris, Floyd
Provenance:
Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder + 7 3 x 4 in. glass lantern slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Virginia, Loudoun County, Aldie
Virginia
Aldie
Stoke (Aldie, Virginia)
Date:
1914
1949
1914-1949
Notes:
The garden has a broad lawn leading to the Mediterranean style house, alongside of which is an arcade of pillars with trellises, fronted by a flower border. There are flagstone and brick walkways and a balustrade wall. A formal flower garden is planted in bordered beds with a hedge surrounding it.
The property was purchased by Colonel Floyd Harris, a wealthy sportsman, in 1907. His wife, Eleanor Truax Harris was the first president of the Aldie Horticultural Society, founded in 1923. She developed a daffodil variety named "Stoke" after her home. The Garden Club of Virginia established a perpetual award in her honor in 1937, named the Eleanor Truax Harris Challenge Cups, which are awarded annually in three categories (Daffodil, Rose or Lily).
Persons associated with the garden include Colonel Floyd Harris and Eleanor Truax Harris (former owners, 1907-1937).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and a brief description of the gardens from 1921.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
VA034000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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