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Ireys Garden, 1964-1965

Former owner:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel 1911-2000
Physical description:
1 folder+ 20 contact prints
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn
New York
Ireys Garden (Brooklyn, New York)
Molly Adams photographed landscape architect Alice Recknagel Ireys' home garden on two separate occasions. The first was in September 1964, while the second was in 1965, probably in high summer. Working within a narrow, confined space, Ireys incorporated variety in texture and plant material into her design. A brick patio area near the house that provided room for outdoor living led to a slightly raised flagstone terrace toward the rear. Although the entire property was bounded by wooden and chain link fencing, the effect was softened by the use of shrubs, climbing plants, and small trees suitable to the shady location. There was a small water feature and the 1965 images show the addition of a striking piece of sculpture at the far end of the garden.
The folder includes worksheets and other information.
Garden has been featured in Alice Recknagel Ireys, How to Plan and Plant Your Own Property (New York: M. Barrows, 1967), pp. 120-121
Garden has been featured in Alice Upham Smith, Patios, Terraces, Decks, and Roof Gardens (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1969)
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Archives of American Gardens

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