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Landscape architect:
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Former owner:
Seaverns, Charles F. T.  Search this
Collection Creator:
McFarland, J. Horace (John Horace), 1859-1948  Search this
American Rose Society  Search this
Archival materials
United States of America -- Connecticut -- Hartford County -- Hartford
Seaverns Garden (Hartford, Connecticut)
Scope and Contents note:
The folder includes a catalog sheet.
Biographical/Historical note:
Charles F.T. Seaverns graduated from Colby College in 1906 and later became a trustee and benefactor, giving his name to the football field. Seaverns was involved with the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, ca. 1930-1956, which was founded by his mother-in-law, Dotha Bushnell Hillyer in honor of her father, the Reverend Horace Bushnell.
General note:
Seaverns Garden, owned by Charles Frederick Taft Seaverns, was laid out in serpentine beds of rock gardens with flowers, shrubs, and trees, including cypress, bordering swaths of lawn. Records in the Library of Congress indicate Seaverns was a client of the landscape architects, Olmsted Associates, in 1917 -1920.
Significant features of this garden are the serpentine-shaped perennial beds and the interconnected walkways dotted with conifers and ornamental shrubs planted along an expansive lawn. Thickly planted borders connect neighboring houses. Stone steps and a rock garden indicate a rolling terrain. In stark contrast, a clipped hedge and stone walkway runs along the perimeter of the property.
In 1958 Hartford College for Women (HCW) purchased the Seaverns estate on Asylum Avenue. The University of Hartford has owned the 13-acre Asylum Avenue campus since 1991, when HCW became part of the University.
Seavern Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (18 photoprints)
Related Materials:
Records related to this site can be found at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Olmsted Job Number 06568, Seaverns, Charles F.T.
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:
For information or study purposes only. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Gardens -- Connecticut -- Hartford  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Company Collection.
AAG.MCF, File CT078
See more items in:
J. Horace McFarland Company collection
J. Horace McFarland Company collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States / Connecticut
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens