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Former owner:
Chidester, Walter Dr  Search this
Chidester, Walter Mrs  Search this
Parina, Richard  Search this
Parina, Richard Mrs  Search this
Sesnon, Porter  Search this
Sesnon, Porter Mrs  Search this
Landscape architect:
Church, Thomas Dolliver  Search this
Guthrie, Walter  Search this
McCroskey, Claud  Search this
McCroskey, Cali  Search this
McGowan, William C., Jr.  Search this
Zaragoza, Gerardo  Search this
Vegas, Lisa  Search this
Ward, Daniel  Search this
Hillsborough Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Archival materials
Margaretten Garden (Hillsborough, California)
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo -- Hillsborough
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and a photocopy of an image from a book.
Originally one acre this property was subdivided down to one-half acre by a previous owner, leaving the Georgian style house without a garden. Landscape architect Thomas D. Church designed a new garden behind the house that features a trefoil shaped swimming pool bordered by trees and a privacy hedge, next to a strip of lawn and woodlands garden. Church designed hardscape including masonry walls, gates, walkways and a brick surround for the pool that includes four planters. Trees in the back and side yards include coast Live oak, stone pine, maytens, coast redwood, and flowering cherries. The front and driveway gardens were designed by landscape architect Walter Guthrie, with the strong horizontal lines of boxwood hedges around the lawn and seasonal color from flowering cherries and pistache trees.
Persons associated with the garden include Dr. and Mrs. Walter Chidester (former owners, 1917); Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parina (former owners); Mr. and Mrs. Porter Sesnon (former owners, -1974); Thomas Dolliver Church (landscape architect, 1975-1977); Walter Guthrie (1932-2006) (landscape architect, 1977-1978); Claud and Cali McCroskey (horticulturists, 1993-2013); William C. McGowan, Jr. (horticulturist, 1999-); Gerardo Zaragoza (gardener, 1999-); Lisa Vegas and Daniel Ward (gardeners, 2005-).
Related Materials:
Margaretten Garden related holdings consist of 2 folders (28 digital images)
Collection 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:
Collection 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.
Gardens -- California -- Hillsborough  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File CA610
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens