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Gund Garden, 1969

Landscape architect:
Ray, Eloise A. 1905-1995
Former owners:
Gund, Henry Mr. Mrs.
Physical description:
1 folder+ 30 safety film negatives; 1 photographic print
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Fairfield
Gund Garden (Fairfield, Connecticut)
Designed by Eloise A. Ray, the herb garden was a key feature in this property belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gund and was situated adjacent to the home's terrace. Culinary, cosmetic, and healing herbs were grown, giving a variety of colors, scents, and textures. Plant material varied from low-growing sweet woodruff to bushy yellow achilleas. A path of marble chips with scalloped edging (made from asbestos fiber!) outlined the plantings and led from the terrace's seating area along the house. It was roughly paralleled by a winding brick path farther from the house. From the herb garden an open meadow/lawn area led the eye to surrounding woodlands. In addition to the herb garden the home's landscaping featured what appears to have been extensive pleached hedging, lawn areas, and garden elements such as a rustic wooden garden shed. Molly Adams's photographs were apparently taken on assignment to accompany a newspaper article by Rhoda S[pecht Maxwell]. Tarantino; one (CT320024) was subsequently used in Tarantino's 1972 book (see citations below).
Persons associated with the property include Eloise A. Ray (landscape architect, ca. 1960-1969) and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gund (former owners, ca. 1960-1969).
The folder includes worksheets, a photocopies of a book excerpt and an article about the garden with photographs by Molly Adams, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Rhoda S[pecht Maxwell]. Tarantino, "A Home in the Sun Where Herbs Grow," The New York Times, August 24, 1969, p. D33
Garden has been featured in Rhoda Specht [Maxwell] Tarantino, Small Gardens Are More Fun (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972), p. 14 and pp. 103-105
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