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The Meadow Club of Southampton, 1940-2008

Former owner:
Lee, J. Bowers
Lee, Sarah H.
Architect:
Fraser, Arthur
Grounds superintendent:
Czelatka, Joseph
Provenance:
Southampton Garden Club
Physical description:
2 folders + 7 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New York, Suffolk County, Southhampton
New York
Southampton
The Meadow Club of Southampton (Southampton, New York)
Date:
1940
1940-2008
Notes:
Located on eighteen plus acres The Meadow Club, founded in 1887, is a private tennis club where the gardens link the clubhouse and dining rooms with the thirty-six grass courts. The garden was established in 1902 with a footprint that is basically rectangular in shape, echoing the geometry of both the tennis courts and the clubhouse. The layout of the perennial and annual garden beds is described as "curvilinear."
A tightly clipped privet hedge in the "English Style," defines the gardens. An ovoid arrangement of Pee Gee hydrangeas, truncated in size and with trunks knotted and gnarled by weather and age, is the central focus. An archway punctuating the privet hedge is both functional and aesthetic. It provides a charming entry into the gardens from the tennis courts and, viewed from the clubhouse, focuses one's eye on the grass courts beyond. The "bones" of the gardens are the privet, hydrangeas and other perennial shrubs that thrive in the seaside environment situated 200 yards from the Atlantic Ocean. They serve as a backdrop for an annual border that is bold and distinctive in color, texture and shape.
Persons associated with the garden include: Arthur Fraser, architect (1992-present), Joseph Czelatka, grounds superintendent (1979-present).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and other information.
Publications:
This garden was featured in "The Meadow Club Centennial, 1887-1987," privately published, 1987
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NY443000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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