1 folder+ 54 safety film negatives; 3 photographic prints
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, New Jersey, Somerset County, Somerset Hills
Finch Garden (Somerset Hills, New Jersey)
This 3.5 acre Basking Ridge property was the home of Elfreda and Tudor R. Finch. Elfreda Finch was a garden writer as well as an avid garden designer, gardener, and flower arranger, and along with her husband created outstanding rock and swamp gardens on the site. She was also allied with Molly Adams in preservation efforts relating to the Great Swamp. The Finches' swamp garden was especially well known for its use of native plants and its 70 varieties of ferns. The garden overall was not limited to these two specialties, however, and a 130 foot long border filled with bulbs, annuals, and perennials outlined the house's lawn area. Finch used shrubs such as yews and other evergreens to give a feeling of unity to the design, and underplanted them with a variety of ground covers. Another garden area incorporated the Japanese motif of raked sand with yucca and other plantings to suggest an arid, desert-like setting.
Persons associated with the garden include Elfreda and Tudor R. Finch (former owners, ca. 1950-1980).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopied articles about the garden and the Finches, clippings, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Elfreda W. Finch, "Sun & Rock Lovers," Flower Grower (August 1963), pp. 36-37+
Garden has been featured in Elfreda W. Finch, "Designs to Surround a Home . . . ," Flower Grower (November 1964), pp. 24-27
Garden has been featured in Elfreda W. Finch, "Versatile Duo," The New York Times (July 29, 1962), p. 81
Garden has been featured in Elfreda [W.] Finch, "Suburban Swamp Garden Built by Two," The New York Times (August 30, 1964), p. 25
Garden has been featured in Muriel Freeman, "Swamp Gardens: Beauty in Winter," The New York Times (December 8, 1974), p. 132