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Maida Babson Adams American garden collection

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Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003
Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000
Stege, Friede
Weber, Nelva M.
Extent:
Photographic prints : (color ;, 4 x 6 inches.)
Photographic prints : (black and white ;, 8 x 10 inches.)
Photographic prints : (black and white ;, 3 1/2 x 5 inches.)
Negatives : (black & white ;, 4 x 5 inches.)
Film transparencies : (color ;, 4 x 5 inches.)
Contact sheets : (black and white.)
35mm slides (photographs) : (color ;, 2 x 2 inches.)
35mm negatives : (color.)
120mm transparencies : (color ;, 2 x 2 inches.)
120mm negatives : (black and white ;, 2 x 2 inches.)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
circa 1960-1994
Summary:
The Maida Babson Adams American Garden Collection documents the work of Molly Adams, a free-lance garden photographer who photographed hundreds of private and public gardens, many of them in the mid-Atlantic region, from the late 1950s through the mid-1990s. It includes slides, photographic prints, negatives and transparencies. A significant number of images document the work of landscape designers Nelva M. Weber, Alice Recknagel Ireys, and Friede Stege. Roughly 50 gardens do not have an identified location. Some images have captions and other information written on them.
Scope and Contents Note:
The Maida Babson Adams American Gardens Collection includes images of close to 400 gardens photographed by Molly Adams from the 1950s to the 1990s. Although most images document gardens in New Jersey, the collection also includes gardens in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. While the vast majority of gardens in the collection are private, there are also some public gardens and venues like the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in New Jersey, the International Flower Show in New York City, and the White House in Washington, D.C. A number of gardens were photographed during organized garden or horticultural tours or annual meetings of the Garden Club of America. A significant number of images document the work of landscape designers Alice Ireys, Nelva Weber, and Friede Stege. Approximately 85 gardens in the collection are unidentified as to their location and/or client. Relatively few images are captioned or dated; Adams often labeled a film envelope or back of a photograph or contact sheet with just a client surname and the designer (if it was Ireys, Weber, or Stege). In some cases, additional information about a garden’s location or owner’s full name was gleaned from the finding aids for the Alice Recknagel Ireys Papers or the Nelva Weber Papers. Some images were accompanied by clippings from newspapers or magazines that featured one or more related images by Adams; most of these clippings date from the 1950s and 1960s. There is also a file of general clippings of Adams’ work; many of these do not identify the garden that is shown.

Most of the images are black and white, though there are a number taken in color. Adams’ contact sheets and photo envelopes were sometimes marked with cropping marks or photo developing notes respectively.
Biographical/Historical note:
Molly (Maida Babson) Adams (1918 - 2003) had a 40+ year career as a nationally recognized free-lance garden and wildlife photographer and conservationist. Her images were published under the name “Molly Adams.” Adams was born in Orange, New Jersey and lived over fifty years in Mendham Township, New Jersey. As a teenager she became interested in photography; she later attended the New York Institute of Photography and became a member of the New York Camera Club.

Her photographs were featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including the “New York Times,” “New York Herald Tribune,” “House Beautiful,” “Horticulture,” “Home Garden,” and “Audubon.” During the Kennedy administration, she photographed the White House Rose Garden; these photographs were later published in “Flower Grower.”

Adams provided hundreds of photographs for “How to Plan and Plant Your Own Property” (1967) by landscape architect Alice Recknagel Ireys and “How to Plan Your Own Home Landscape” (1976) by landscape designer Nelva M. Weber. Her images were also published in books including “The Reader’s Digest Practical Guide to Home Landscaping,” and “The Complete Illustrated Book of Garden Magic.” Adams also occasionally wrote garden-themed articles. A longtime member in the Somerset Hills (NJ) Garden Club, which is part of the Garden Club of America, Adams once served as the latter’s official photographer.

In the 1960’s Adams’ photographs drew attention to conservation issues related to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern New Jersey. These widely publicized photographs rallied public support against the proposed destruction of the Great Swamp for the construction of an airport. Adams was also active as a member of the Mendham Township Environmental Commission and the North Jersey Conservation Foundation. In the 1980’s she was awarded the Buckley Medal of Merit for Horticultural Achievement by the Garden Club of America for her photographs used in the postcard campaign “Save Our Vanishing Wild Flowers.”
Related Archival Materials Note:
The Alice Recknagel Ireys Papers in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, include photographs by Molly Adams.

The Nelva Weber Papers in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library in Ithaca, New York, likely include photographs by Molly Adams.
Separated Materials Note:
The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at The Morristown & Morris Township Library in New Jersey has a collection of images by Molly Adams showcasing nature scenes and birds.
Provenance:
Adams' family donated her collection of garden images to the Smithsonian's Archives of American Gardens after her death in 2003.
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Gardens--Connecticut
Gardens--Massachusetts
Gardens--New Jersey
Gardens--New York (State)
Gardens--Pennsylvania
Gardens--United States
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Contact sheets
Film transparencies
Negatives
Photographic prints
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM
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Archives of American Gardens
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[Oakhurst Gardens] [slide]: gardens

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Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Indiana, Delaware County, Muncie
Indiana
Muncie
Oakhurst (Muncie, Ind.)
Date:
1894
[198-?]
Notes:
Unknown photographer.
Summary:
Gardens at Oakhurst.
Topic:
Gardens
Perennials
Shrubs
Rocks
Local number:
IN033009
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_206773

The Chimneys collection, 1903-1985

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Creator:
Weems, Katharine Lane 1899-
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
New York Florists Club
North Shore Horticultural Society
Landscape architect:
Olmsted, Frederick Law Jr
Whiting, Edward Clark
Landscape architects:
Olmsted Brothers
Architect:
Gildersleeve, Raleigh C.
Subject:
Lane, Gardiner Martin
Lane, Emma Gildersleeve
Mullen, James X
Dana, Rich H
Weems, Katharine Lane 1899-
Gardener:
Watson, B. M
Physical description:
15 cubic ft
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Trade catalogs
Photocopies
Photographs
Negatives
Plans (drawings)
Medals
Diaries
Books
Place:
United States
Massachusetts
Manchester
The Chimneys (Manchester, Massachusetts)
Date:
1903
1903-1985
Notes:
The property on which this estate in Manchester, Massachusetts sits was originally owned by the father of Richard Henry Dana, Jr., the author of Two Years Before the Mast. The estate was subdivided after the elder Dana's death in 1879. Gardiner Martin Lane purchased the land and had his brother-in-law, Raleigh Gildersleeve, design a large Georgian Colonial Revival summer house for him known as "The Chimneys." The Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm was hired in 1902 to help with the overall siting of the house and to plan a number of garden areas. During the next ten years, the Olmsted firm designed a number of areas including an approach road, formal terraced gardens, a water garden, and a variety of outdoor structures such as an arbor, tea house, and greenhouse.
Katharine Lane Weems (1899-1989), the daughter of Emma and Gardiner M. Lane, spent her childhood summers at "The Chimneys." She later attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and went on to specialize in sculpting animals. "The Chimneys" served as her principal studio after the stable was remodeled in 1930; later it became her primary residence. She married F. Carrington Weems in 1947 and published an autobiography, Odds Were Against Me, in 1985. She died at her family estate in 1989.
Summary:
Correspondence, invoices, nursery and seed catalogs, estimates, planting plans, photocopies of blueprints, photographs, negatives, autochromes, and drawings relating to the gardens of The Chimneys, the home of Emma and Gardiner Martin Lane and their daughter Katharine Lane Weems in Manchester, Massachusetts. Also included are four garden journals (1903-1928), garden-related medals awarded to Emma Lane, index files of plant materials, photocopies of garden related library cards belonging to Gardiner M. Lane, and books. The collection also includes architectural plans, invoices and specifications from, and a framed photograph of, Raleigh C. Gildersleeve, architect of The Chimneys and uncle of Weems.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Chimneys collection
Topic:
Women sculptors
Water gardens
Sculptors
Gardens
Local number:
MA016000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_179211
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[Oakhurst Gardens] [slide]: gardens

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Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Indiana, Delaware County, Muncie
Indiana
Muncie
Oakhurst (Muncie, Ind.)
Date:
1894
[198-?]
Notes:
Unknown photographer.
Summary:
Gardens behind the mansion.
Topic:
Gardens
Tulips
Perennials
Trees
Shrubs
Fences--wooden
Local number:
IN033010
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_206776

Sweeney Gardens, 2011

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Landscape designer:
Obserschmidt, Thomas
Provenance:
Garden Club of Madison, New Jersey
Physical description:
1 folder+ 20 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New Jersey, Morris, Madison
New Jersey
Madison
Sweeney Gardens (Madison, New Jersey)
Date:
2011
Notes:
Sweeney Gardens were re-established in 2008 after the house was renovated and a large deck was added. The distinct garden areas covering 0.7 acres include the garden next to the street that is bisected by a brick walkway which leads to a foundation garden in front of the house and a woodland garden with bordering woodlands behind the house. The challenges for this three-quarter acre property include exposure to deer incursions and the incompatibility of the mature black walnut trees in the woodlands garden with many other plant materials. The primary colors in the gardens in front of the house are blue-purples, purples with contrasting yellow, found in giant alliums, blue hill salvia, irises, yarrow, and nepeta with touches of pink provided by oenethera. Other deer resistant plants used in and alongside the shady woodland garden include lady's mantle, spiderwort, ajuga, hakone grass, lamb's ear, bleeding heart, brunnera macrophylla, creeping Jenny, grape hyacinth, bugbane, ginger and ferns. Hostas are planted for their variety of shapes and colors and are kept sprayed with deer repellent.
The owners' next project will be surrounding the gardens with deer fencing.
Persons associated with the garden include Thomas Oberschmidt (landscape designer, 2008).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NJ528000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_311621

[Untitled Garden] [slide]: Back door - Native American herbs and woodland garden in foreground

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Photographer:
Casper, Anthony G.
Physical description:
1 slide: col
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee
Wisconsin
Milwaukee
Purtell Garden (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Date:
1996
1996 May
Topic:
Spring
Woodland gardens
Walkways, stone
Herb gardens
Watering cans
Benches, wooden
Outdoor furniture
Houses
Gardens
Local number:
WI012018
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_201257

Grey Gardens, 2007

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Former owner:
Mooney, Ethel
Richard, William
Provenance:
Nantucket Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder + 18 35mm slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Massachusetts, Nantucket County, Nantucket
Massachusetts
Nantucket
Grey Gardens (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
Date:
2008
2007
Notes:
Located on two acres, this woodland garden on Nantucket island was once part of "Mooney Farm." When the land was divided for residential use, the farm's top soil was removed and sold. Over fifteen years, the owners have added a few shrubs to the landscape improving the soil as needed. Container gardening was relied on for summer color. The first garden room created by the owner, was a winding path down a slope of the property. Now Grey Gardens is comprised of many rooms including a pond garden with a sandy shoreline, an evergreen garden, a decorative grass garden, terraces and decks for entertaining, woodland paths dotted with benches and small plantings, fences made by hand from tree limbs, many birdhouses, statues, stone steps, shaped privet hedges, and container gardens. There are large painted frames suspended from trees that are called follies and help focus attention on particular garden elements.
The property includes woodlands and a meadow growing native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. The plants and decorative elements that have been introduced are intended to embellish and highlight the natural settings. Many of the garden ornaments are repurposed including sculpted, tiled or painted fragments that have been installed in birdbaths or on the walls of the tool shed. A pair of salvaged doors is hung in season at the entrance to the garden with a plaque reading Secret Garden. The owner and garden designer is more interested in the textures of trees, shrubs, and hardscape than he is in flowers although the garden beds and containers introduce spots of color during the spring and summer.
Persons associated with the garden include: Ethel Mooney (former owner, 1965); and William Richard (former owner (1965-1979).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MA390000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_355813

Kerkeslager Gardens, 2012

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Landscape architect:
Burke, Brigitte
Architects:
Wesketch Architecture
Provenance:
Garden Club of Madison, New Jersey
Physical description:
1 folder+ 36 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New Jersey, Morris County, Madison
New Jersey
Madison
Kerkeslager Gardens (Madison, New Jersey)
Date:
2012
Notes:
Kerkeslager Gardens is primarily English in style with 15 distinct areas on about two-thirds acre with a brick Georgian colonial house built in the 1930s, straight brick pathways and patios, and a glass conservatory near the kitchen. The path into the garden from the garage is comprised of irregular flagstones, with borders of herbaceous perennials and ground covers that lead to a greenhouse surrounded by garden beds. Containers planted with citrus trees winter over in the greenhouse and are brought out in summer to the surrounding Italian-influenced garden room. Further on there are deep borders planted with perennials, trees, shrubs and climbing vines that are viewed from serpentine gravel paths. Trellises for roses, climbing hydrangea and clematis on the sides of the garage and garden shed add verticality. This contrasts with the brick hardscape on the formal side of the back garden that echoes the symmetrical design of the house. The formal side starts at the English conservatory outside the kitchen with all the bricked areas on a straight axis leading to the pergola. It has two patios with different styles of furniture, a formal garden with an armillary sphere in the center with four symmetrical flower beds, an arbor gate leading to the next room, and culminates in a large pergola. Installation of the Kerkeslager Gardens began in 1988 by replacing lawn and weed trees, but the area was tilled and left unplanted for two years while the soil was amended to support the lush growth now featured.
In the early twentieth century this property was part of a tennis club, later subdivided for housing. The current owners renovated the house to add larger windows and the glass conservatory from which they can view most of the garden. An herb garden that they considered mandatory was planted near the house and bordered by low boxwoods and roses, and more herbs are planted in pots lining the staircase. A turnaround adjoining the driveway is bordered by large lightweight containers planted with sedum and ornamental grasses.
Persons associated with the garden include: Anne Butterworth Sherman (former owner until 1952); Paul and Mary Dimmock (former owners, 1952 - 1970); Colin and Ellen Browning (former owners, 1970 - 1986); Wesketch Architecture (renovator of house, 1999 - 2000); Brigitte Burke, ASLA (landscape architect, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2012).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NJ541000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_360443

MacGregor Gardens, 2016

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Garden designer:
Johnston, Gary
Provenance:
Carrie T. Watson Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 18 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Erie, Fairview
Pennsylvania
Fairview
MacGregor Gardens (Fairview, Pennsylvania)
Date:
2016
Notes:
Prior to 1978 the 1.7 acre wedge shaped parcel was primarily woodlands on a hillside, part of an earlier farm and orchard, with two ridges and a small creek. One ridge was left as found, with matures trees: oak, maple, tulip poplar, wild cherry and hemlock plus ferns and wild roses. By 1980 the house had been built on a leveled platform with only a few willow trees left on that site. Conifers were planted first, including Austrian pine, hemlock, larch, arborvitae and juniper, with English ivy, pachysandra, day lilies, Shasta daisies, Japanese iris and hydrangea transplanted from a previous home's garden. Deciduous trees were planted next including fruit trees, white birch, Japanese maples and crab apples, and crown vetch was planted as a ground cover to hold the slopes and provide playing fields for children. In 1995 the vetch was replaced with ornamental gardens of perennials, shrubs and bulbs with rocks and winding paths strategically placed on the slopes.
Since the gardens climb the hillside to the woodlands a hand-built arbor was added in 1998 to act as a gateway between the cultivated and naturalized areas. Plants in the cultivated gardens include many hosta varieties, azaleas, rhododendron, rose of Sharon and peonies; vines include trumpet vine, clematis and wisteria; and bulbs include daffodils, tulips, iris, crocuses and snowdrops. There are small gardens at the front and back doors of the house and outside the garage that include roses, climbing roses, calla lilies, junipers, chrysanthemums, holly and pieris Japonica. Other features include gazing globes, a woodlands fort, birdhouses and a cluster of painted rocks for a fairy garden.
Persons associated with the garden include Gary Johnston (garden design).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheetsand additional images.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA822000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_382971

Campion Gardens, 2010

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Architect:
Burke, Patrick J.
Landscape architect:
Burke, Brigitte
Architects:
Drake and Totthill Associates
Provenance:
Garden Club of Madison, New Jersey
Physical description:
1 folder+ 17 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New Jersey, Morris County, Madison
New Jersey
Madison
Campion Gardens (Madison, New Jersey)
Date:
2010
Notes:
The earliest plantings at Campion Gardens, mature trees along the property lines including a European cut leaf birch and a pin oak, predate the 1950 construction of the Georgian Colonial house designed by Drake and Totthill Associates. Since that time the one and one-tenth acre property has been planted with a lavish 50-foot long peony bed at the front of the house, another long curving flower bed planted with ornamental grasses, perennial flowers and annual petunias, a boxwood knot garden for herbs, and foundation plantings of flowers and shrubs. The unique potting shed, sunroom and west wing of the house were added in the 1990s, designed by architect Patrick J. Burke.
There are three brick patios and brick walkways on the property, with a cinder path edged with mature hydrangeas leading to a secret garden behind the potting shed, to be enjoyed from a Chippendale-style bench. Landscape architect Brigitte M. Burke has worked on the property periodically since 1990, adding two small round brick patios, the flower beds on the north side of the house, the herbal knot garden, and a small entrance garden at the front door of the house comprised of a semi-circle of boxwoods with seasonal plantings of annual flowers.
The peony border near the front door is planted with 40 varieties of peonies mixed with iris, roses, candytuft, lilies, Shasta daisies, and the groundcover lamium. As flower beds around the patios became shaded hydrangeas replaced roses, and as deer encroached on the property ferns replaced hostas.
Persons associated with the garden include Drake and Totthill Associates (architects and engineers, 1950); Patrick J. Burke (architect for additions to house and potting shed, 1990 and 1994); Brigitte M. Burke, CLA (landscape architect, 1990-2007).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and planting lists.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NJ520000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_298855

[Oakhurst Gardens] [slide]: gardens and garage

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Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Indiana, Delaware County, Muncie
Indiana
Muncie
Oakhurst (Muncie, Ind.)
Date:
1894
[198-?]
Notes:
Unknown photographer.
Summary:
Gardens showing the garage built for equipment.
Topic:
Gardens
Houses
Garden walks
Perennials
Trees
Local number:
IN033011
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_206778

Hays Gardens, 2010-2013

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Gardener:
Brown, Chester
Provenance:
Knoxville Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 36 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Tennessee, Knox, Knoxville
Tennessee
Knoxville
Hays Gardens (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Date:
2013
2010-2013
Notes:
Located on over ten acres of land, Hays Gardens was installed in 1992 and completed in 2001. The Hays Garden is a large, lakeside property with a variety of gardens, including a rose garden, a cottage garden, and a moon garden. The site was formerly a part of a rock quarry that operated over 80 years ago and large boulders still remain on the property. The house was built in the middle of a hillside that goes down to the lake. In 1992, the owners began the woodland garden, which is located at the side of the house and includes a pond and waterfall from rock outcroppings. In 1996, Chester Brown helped the owners install the half round rose garden and moon garden. A rose covered arbor marks the entrance to the rose garden with walkways lined by boxwood and germander. The moon garden contains white and pale blue flowers. The property includes a guest house with a cottage garden. The cottage garden contains a wide variety of herbs, perennials, and annuals and is anchored by four evergreens. A tall bird house is located at the center and at one end is a rose covered pergola.
Garden features includes arbors, balustrades, benches, birdhouses, boat houses, butterfly gardens, containers, cutting gardens, decks, doorways, driveways, split rail fences, picket fences, garden walks, gates, a lake, ornamental grasses, a pergola, a pond, a waterfall, stepping stones, urns, and sculptures.
Other plantings include hydrangea, azaleas, wildflowers, ferns, roses, crepe myrtles, herbs, and evergreens.
Persons associated with the garden include: Chester Brown, (gardener, 1996-1997)
Summary:
The folder includes design plans, a scrapbook showing the construction of the gardens, and a newspaper article.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
TN083000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_362525

Berg Gardens, 2000-2009

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Former owner:
Royce, Jonathan
David & Simonds
Former owners:
Royce family
Landscape designer:
Hayward, Gordon
Stone mason:
Snow, Dan
Provenance:
Monadnock Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 51 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Type:
Slides (photographs)
Place:
United States of America, New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Walpole
New Hampshire
Walpole
Berg Gardens (Walpole, New Hampshire)
Date:
2000
2000-2009
Notes:
The 360-acre plot on a New Hampshire mountain purchased from a forest products company in 1978, with no remaining trees and no more than six inches of topsoil on top of bedrock, is the site of the Berg Gardens. The owners needed a place to put their collection of houses, buildings and architectural features. Elements from diverse building styles including a New England saltbox, a Norman tower, medieval stonework, American wrought iron, a tavern, and a barn were arranged and reconfigured as a mountaintop castle. The gardens were begun in 1986 with the assistance of landscape designer Gordon Hayward and stone mason Dan Snow, and included two trips to England to study the underlying structure of the English naturalistic style. Using stone from the property, nearby locations, and demolition sites and purchased marble, Snow built a hardscape structure of dry-stone walls, terraces, stone stairs and walkways, along with a stone grotto, a ruined silo, and the artificial ruins of a stone barn. A garden folly in the 18th c. chinoiserie style modeled on one at Hidcote in England was created from building plans for a Massachusetts outhouse.
Planting began after dry-stone retaining walls were put in to define garden beds and keep improved soil in place. Plants were chosen that suit the mountaintop environment as well as constructed features, with native seedlings allowed to invade the ruined stone silo. Native plants grow in the barn ruins, including ferns, blackberries, mosses, old roses and small trees. Color is controlled in the perennial garden beds in the terraced areas, ranging from hot to cooler tones. There is a dwarf conifer bed beyond the terraces, and conifers, hemlocks and crab apple trees were planted near the grotto. The "roof" of the grotto is a wild flower meadow with old stone wellheads set above openings in the stonework that let in light. Artifacts have been placed into the garden areas, including four Roman sarcophagi, urns, grinding wheels, a marble sundial, farm implements, and carved capitals topped by stone eagles.
Persons associated with this property are: Jonathan Royce and members of the Royce family (former owners, from 1780); various families (former owners, 19th c.); David & Simonds forest products (former owner, 20th c. until 1978); Gordon Hayward (landscape designer, beginning in 1986); Dan Snow (stone mason, beginning in 1986).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles, and other information.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NH074000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_299254

Birdcraft Gardens, 2013-2016

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Former owner:
Jennings, Annie Burr
Wright, Mabel Osgood
Architect:
Clarke, Cameron
Franzen, John P
Landscape architect:
Eckerson, Alice
Kenny, William
Loglisci, Andrew
Owner:
Connecticut Audubon Society
Provenance:
Sasqua Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 30 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield, Fairfield
Connecticut
Fairfield
Birdcraft Gardens (Fairfield, Connecticut)
Date:
2013
2013-2016
Notes:
The Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary was founded in 1914 by ornithologist and author Mabel Osgood Wright on ten acres of land, former pasture that had been donated and deeded to the fledgling Connecticut Audubon Society. It was established as a refuge for migratory and other song birds; the birds prefer open or partly bushed fields with some tall trees so the early plantings augmented the trees and shrubs already growing. The existing trees included mature oaks, Pepperidge, cedars, maples, black cherries and alders, and trailing wild berries. To prepare the sanctuary pines, spruce and hemlocks were planted for windbreaks, mountain ash, mulberries, sweet cherries, flowering shrubs and vines were planted for food, and several stone birdbaths and numerous bird houses were installed as well as a cat-proof fence. Additional plantings included blackberries, dewberries, thimble berries, strawberries, huckleberries, blueberries, chokeberries, sumacs, wild grapes, wild plum, shad bush, elderberries, wild roses, sweetbriar and honeysuckle.
Starting in 2013 the Sasqua Garden Club has been restoring five different garden habitats with native plants that will support the ecosystem of animals, birds, insects and microorganisms. The gardens are living classrooms for the outdoor science-based education and augment the exhibits in the museum, also undergoing restoration. While many trees, shrubs and native perennials recur throughout the sanctuary, now reduced to six acres, each garden has a distinctive profile. The Woodland edge garden contains red chokeberry, dogwood, magnolia, and crab apple with spicebush, rhododendron, viburnum and an understory of coral bells, ferns, Virginia bluebells, and phlox. The Meadow garden includes wild flowers, winterberry, cedars and dogwood, grasses and low and high bush blueberries. In the Wetland garden there are Juneberry, serviceberry, milkweed, native azaleas, spicebush, river birch, native flowers and ferns. The Seaside garden has butterfly weed, sedge, beach plum, grasses and bayberry. The Terrace garden has mountain laurel, holly, honeysuckle, sumac, willow, coneflower and potentilla.
Birdcraft Sanctuary has been an important community resource ever since it opened in 1914. Every year birds are trapped in soft nets, counted, inspected, tagged and released supplying useful data on migratory bird populations. The sanctuary was enrolled on the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1982 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1993.
Persons associated with the garden include Annie B. Jennings (former owner, -1914); Mabel Osgood Wright (1859-1934) (founder of Birdcraft Sanctuary, 1914-circa 1934); Connecticut Audubon Society (owners since 1914);Cameron Clarke (1887-1957) (architect of the Swallow Chimney, 1937); Jack Franzen, (architect of new museum space, 2012-2014); Alice Eckerson (landscape architect, 2013- ); William Kenny (ecological services, 2013-2014); Andrew Loglisci (water features, -2016).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles and other documents, and additional images.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CT744000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_380192

[Mayfair Gardens] [slide] pool house and gardens

view [Mayfair Gardens] [slide] pool house and gardens digital asset number 1
Photographer:
Clarke, Diane B.
Physical description:
1 slide: col. 35mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, New Jersey, Essex County, Montclair, Upper Montclair
New Jersey
Upper Montclair
Mayfair Gardens (Upper Montclair, New Jersey)
Date:
2002
2002 Apr
Topic:
Gardens
Shrubs
Trees
Bathhouses
Local number:
NJ312001
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_241651

[Coke Garden] [slide]: rock gardens

view [Coke Garden] [slide]: rock gardens digital asset number 1
Photographer:
Hunt, Caroline L
Provenance:
Founders Garden Club of Dallas
Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Texas
Dallas
Coke Garden (Dallas, Texas)
Date:
1996
1996 Jul. 15
Notes:
The white garden.
Summary:
The white garden.
Topic:
Gardens
Rock gardens
Lawns
Summer
Local number:
TX008012
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_206774

[Oakhurst Gardens] [slide]: gardens in perennial beds

view [Oakhurst Gardens] [slide]: gardens in perennial beds digital asset number 1
Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Indiana, Delaware County, Muncie
Indiana
Muncie
Oakhurst (Muncie, Ind.)
Date:
1894
[198-?]
Notes:
Unknown photographer.
Summary:
Gardens in perennial beds.
Topic:
Gardens
Fences--wooden
Perennials
Local number:
IN033012
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_206762

[Scott Garden] [slide]: woodland gardens

view [Scott Garden] [slide]: woodland gardens digital asset number 1
Photographer:
Scott, Theodore G., Jr.
Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Virginia, Orange County, Orange
Virginia
Orange
Scott Garden (Orange, Va.)
Date:
N.d
Topic:
Gardens
Woodland gardens
Woodlands
Winter
Local number:
VA258008
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_206116

[Scott Garden] [slide]: woodland gardens

view [Scott Garden] [slide]: woodland gardens digital asset number 1
Photographer:
Scott, Theodore, Jr.
Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Virginia, Orange County, Orange
Virginia
Orange
Scott Garden (Orange, Va.)
Date:
1994
1994 May
Topic:
Gardens
Woodland gardens
Shrubs
Azaleas
Local number:
VA258002
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_206104

[Scott Garden] [slide]: woodland gardens

view [Scott Garden] [slide]: woodland gardens digital asset number 1
Photographer:
Scott, Theodore G., Jr.
Physical description:
1 slide: col.; 35 mm
Type:
Projected media
Place:
United States of America, Virginia, Orange County, Orange
Virginia
Orange
Scott Garden (Orange, Va.)
Date:
1996
1996 May
Topic:
Gardens
Woodland gardens
Perennials
Stones
Local number:
VA258007
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_206112

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