3 folders+ 30 slides (photographs); 39 safety film negatives; 6 photographic prints; 24 contact prints
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, New Jersey, Somerset County, Bedminster
Straus Garden (Bedminster, New Jersey)
Designed by Nelva M. Weber, this garden was at the home (dating to 1775) of Donald and Beth Straus. Weber's design was inspired by the gardens of Colonial Williamsburg and featured a space enclosed by a picket fence and hedges. Brick walkways defined beds within the garden that were planted with a variety of annuals. Surrounding borders both inside and outside the fenced area contained a mix of annuals and traditional perennials, such as daylilies and peonies, as well as shrubs and small trees. The proximity of the garden to an adjacent patio and the house ensured that the home owners and visitors alike would have ample opportunity to enjoy this lovely garden. Several images of the garden were included in Weber's 1976 book, a clear indication of how she valued this particular project.
Persons associated with the garden include Nelva M. Weber (landscape architect, ca. 1970) and Donald and Beth Straus (former owners, 1967-1982).
The folders include worksheets, a photocopied magazine article, correspondence, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Nelva Weber Sammataro, "Devotes Talents to Landscaping; Describes Her Book," Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly (Winter 1978), p. 23
Garden has been featured in Nelva M. Weber, How to Plan Your Own Home Landscape (Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1976), pp. 104-105, 145, 184, 188, and 220