1 folder+ 26 35 mm slides (photographs); 1 reference compact disk
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, New York, Albany County, Menands
The Highlands (Menands, New York)
Located on 23 acres in the city of Menands, NY the Highlands garden estate was created by the Batcheller family starting in 1927 when they bought the Henry "Heff" Sage estate. The Batcheller's then embarked upon an expansion of the gardens by installing ponds and adding trees and flowers. In 1945 tragedy struck the family when their beloved son was killed in World War II. In dedication to him, the Primrose Path and Garden was created and a statue modeled after St. Francis was placed there to honor him. Near the house the glass enclosed conservatory, with its beautiful tile floor and center fountain housed exotic orchids, camellias and gardenias. Attached to the conservatory, a greenhouse was filled with blooming geraniums, primroses, hyacinths, tulips and snapdragons in preparation for planting.
Outside, a stone terrace enclosed by a yew hedge, a border of roses and two dogwood trees afforded a lovely setting for outdoor dining. Flowering azaleas, rhododendrons and dogwoods framed the large expanse of lawn and led to the Tea House and down the colorful Primrose Path. Several pools, ponds and fountains formed the focal points of both formal and informal gardens. Garden chairs were placed so one can enjoy the tranquil setting.
Throughout all seasons, Highlands was a symphony of horticultural expression. In the spring, flowering azaleas, rhododendrons and dogwoods framed the large expanse of lawns. In the summer, riotous displays of perennials and annuals bloomed in the borders and cutting garden. The flaming red and yellow fall color of maples and dogwoods were followed by the quiet snow-covered landscape in winter. This was a garden created during a period of uncertain economic and political times in American history. While it followed beautiful plans and discipline, the garden was above all a labor of love, a rich horticultural experience and a testament to their creativity and passion for design and gardening to be enjoyed by family and friends.
Persons associated with the garden include: Henry Sage (former owner, unknown-1927); Hiland G. Batcheller (former owner, 1927-1969); Episcopal Dioceses of Albany (former owner, 1969-1982), and Mary K. Nahl (former owner, 1982-1997).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans and other information.