1 folder+ 17 safety film negatives; 11 contact prints; 3 photographic prints
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, New Jersey, Somerset County, Far Hills
Vila Garden (Far Hills, New Jersey)
Designed by Nelva M. Weber, this was the garden of George R. and Betty Vila. At the rear of the Colonial-style house Weber created a brick wall to enclose and separate a lawn and garden area from adjacent outbuildings and the open countryside. An elevated, brick-walled terrace with outdoor seating and brick walkways helped to unify the design. Garden borders, boxwood, and flowering trees and shrubs such as forsythia provided visual interest, while ornamental features included a bell, a martin house, and a whimsical fox sculpture atop one of the brick walls. Several wooden gates and doors provided additional decorative as well as utilitarian touches to the overall design.
Additional documentation relating to the garden may be found in the Nelva Weber Papers in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library.
Persons associated with the garden include: Nelva M. Weber (landscape architect, circa 1966) and George R. and Betty Vila (former owners, circa 1966).
The folder includes worksheets and other information.
Garden has been featured in Nelva M. Weber, How to Plan Your Own Home Landscape (Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1976), pp. 110 and 215