The house was built in 1907 by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw on flat meadow land. In 1907, there was only one tree planted on the entire property. The large pond was a feature. Terraces and lawns surrounded the house with walks leading to and through a series of gardens, notably three called the April, May and June Gardens. The gardens are designed to bloom in those months and be secluded the rest of the year. Plantings included peonies and other plants a suitable to local condititions.
Garden statuary included works by Carl Milles, M. Alfeo Faggi, Edith Barretto Parsons, and Sylvia Shaw Judson.
Katherine Lancaster Brewster was the editor of the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America. She wrote, "The Little Garden for Little Money," 1924 and her garden design style may have been influenced by William Robinson and Gertrude Jeykll.
Persons and groups associated with the garden include: Mrs. Walter J. Brewster and Katherine Lancaster Brewster (former owners, 1920s-30s?), Hoard Doren Shaw (architect, 1907), Carl Milles, M. Alfeo Faggi (sculptor), Edith Barretto Parsons (sculptor), and Sylvia Shaw Judson (sculptor).
The folder includes worksheets articles and exceprts from a slide script.
Garden featured in the Garden Club of American Annual Meeting guide of 1933, page 40
Garden featured in "List of Gardens of the members of the Garden Club of America open to visit by members, 1921."
Garden featured in "Country Place Types of the Middle West," The Architectural Record, by Ralph Rodney Root, Vol. 55, No.1, January 1924