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Charleston -- Chafton Place

Architect:
Bengston, Ludwig T.  Search this
Landscape architect:
Innocenti, Umberto  Search this
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Chafton Place (Charleston, West Virginia)
United States of America -- West Virginia -- Kanawha County -- Charleston
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes a work sheet, a garden plan, and a plant list.
General:
This garden is an example of what can be achieved in a small place. It has an interesting balance of paved and garden areas. Umberto Innocenti designed a terrace overlooking a thirty-two acre sloping woodland area of maple, walnut, beech, oak, poplar, and dogwood trees. A circular driveway was designed by Alice Ireys. A small perennial garden and a lap pool is defined by pierced brick walls.
Persons associated with the garden include: Umberto Innocenti (landscape architect, 1980); Alice Ireys (landscape architect, 1982); Ludwig Bengston (architect of house, 1952); and Lynne Schwartz-Barker (garden designer, 1986).
Related Materials:
Chafton Place related holdings consist of 1 folder (5 35 mm. slides)
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- West Virginia -- Charleston  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File WV011
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / West Virginia
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref11857

Malden -- Kanawha Salines

Former owner:
Dickinson, William Sr.  Search this
Dickinson, WIlliam Jr.  Search this
Dickinson, John Quincy  Search this
Dickinson, John Quincy, Mrs.  Search this
Dickinson, Charles C.  Search this
Dickinson, Charles C., Mrs.  Search this
Landscape designer:
Harman, May S.  Search this
Dillon, Frances  Search this
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Hoffman, Holly  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Kanawha Salines (Malden, West Virginia)
United States of America -- West Virginia -- Kanawha County -- Malden
General:
"The gardens at Kanawha Salines are particularly interesting as the product of female owners Nelle Coleman Alderson Dickinson and her daughter, Mary Price Dickinson Ratrie, as well as female designers and gardeners." The gardens include an immense American Elm, planted by Mrs. Ratrie as a child and a parterre with box hedges, rosebeds, and herbaceous perennial borders."
"Salt was produced here from 1817 until 1945, and shipped by the Kanawha River and later rail as far as New Orleans and Pittsburgh. The farm fields pasture a small herd of Belted Galloway cattle and a number of 'family' horses and ponies. Mrs. Ratrie's garden center and nursery, 'Terra Salis', is located on the edge of the farm."
"The property features a glorious vista of wooded hills, another of the Kanawha River, and an all-white pond garden reached by an allée of Prunus campanulata 'Okame'. There is a viburnum collection of 16 species/varieties; a 60-foot hemerocallis and narcissus border; several beds of species roses and syringa varieties; many specimen trees, both deciduous and evergreen; and a terrace, overlooking tennis courts, sheltered by a 40-foot pergola covered with wisteria, floribunda, and clematis. The house and outbuildings, including a 'garden' building, barns, storehouses, and cottages, are part of a historic property in continuous ownership by the Dickinson family since the early 1800's."
Persons associated with the property include: William Dickinson, Sr., (former owner, 1840-1863); William Dickinson, Jr. (former owner, 1863-1865); Mr. and Mrs. John Quincy Dickinson (former owners, 1865-1896); Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Dickinson (former owners, 1896-1958); May S. Harman (landscape designer, 1927-1929); Frances Dillon (landscape designer,1958-1969); Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape designer, 1980 to date); and Holly Hoffman (landscape designer, 1989-1995).
Related Materials:
Kanawha Salines related holdings consist of 1 folder (10 35 mm. slides)
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- West Virginia -- Malden  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File WV007
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / West Virginia
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
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ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref11861

Southampton -- Currey Garden

Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Currey Garden (Southampton, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Suffolk County -- Southampton
Scope and Contents:
The folders include worksheets and other information.
General:
Alice Recknagel Ireys was the landscape architect for this property. Taking advantage of the site's water views, Ireys designed an expansive stone terrace that was used for dining and other outdoor living functions. A side of the home away from the water featured an allée of decorative trees that were underplanted with annuals in season. Planting immediately around the house appears to have been limited in order not to obstruct the water views, although a 2009 description mentions rose and iris beds, bsoxwood, a cutting garden, and daylilies.
Persons associated with the garden include: Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape architect, ca. 1960-1972).
Related Materials:
Currey Garden related holdings consist of 2 folders (3 slides (photographs); 6 contact prints)
See others in:
Maida Babson Adams American Garden Collection, ca. 1960-1994.
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New York -- Southampton  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NY512
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York
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Archives of American Gardens
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ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref27124

Short Hills -- Cornwall Garden

Former owner:
Bayard, Louis P. Mr. Mrs.  Search this
Lutweiler, James C. Mr. Mrs.  Search this
Marron Dr. Mrs.  Search this
Coleman, Leslie  Search this
Coleman, Eloise  Search this
Green, Gilbert Mr. Mrs.  Search this
Eddy, Charles B., Jr. Mr. Mrs.  Search this
Cornwall, Elizabeth E.  Search this
Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Provenance:
Short Hills Garden Club  Search this
Short Hills Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Cornwall Garden (Short Hills, New Jersey)
United States of America -- New Jersey -- Essex County -- Millburn -- Short Hills
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plans, a list of the roses in the garden, photocopies of articles about the garden and Alice Recknagel Ireys, and a photocopy of a 1930s real estate brochure about the property.
General:
This 1908 house and garden have been continuously occupied by owners interested in gardening. The original plan was enhanced in the early 1950s by then-owner Eloise Coleman, a former Garden Club of American director, with the help of landscape architect Alice Recknagel Ireys. Ireys designed the garden to form rooms around the rear of the house, creating a perennial garden, terrace, and rose garden surrounded by brick walls and hedges, overlooking a large rear lawn. Other gardens planted by later owners include a wild garden, peripheral beds, and a sunken garden planted with daffodils, foxgloves, daylilies, and nasturtiums for bloom the entire season.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Louis P. Bayard (former owners, 1908-1921); Mr. and Mrs. James C. Lutweiler (former owners, 1921-1940); Dr. and Mrs. Marron (former owners, 1940-1949); Leslie and Eloise Coleman (former owners, 1949-1958); Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Green (former owners, 1958-1961); Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Eddy, Jr. (former owners, 1961-1986); Elizabeth E. Cornwall (former owner, 1986-1999); and Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape architect, 1950s).
Related Materials:
Cornwall Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (8 35 mm. slides; 3 photocopies of photoprints)
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New Jersey -- Short Hills  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NJ290
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New Jersey
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
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ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref20127

Rumson -- Harding Garden

Former owner:
Harding, Charles B.  Search this
Harding, Dorothea  Search this
Landscape designer:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Provenance:
Rumson Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Harding Garden (Rumson, New Jersey)
United States of America -- New Jersey -- Monmouth County -- Rumson
Scope and Contents:
The folders include worksheets and a photocopy of a book chapter about the garden which features a site plan, a detailed plan of the Japanese garden, and a plant list.
General:
With its garden established around 1926, this property was once the home of Charles and Dorothea Harding. Mr. Harding chaired the board of the New York Botanical Garden for many years. The site still has many unusual trees planted during the Hardings' ownership, including a copper beech, a large ginkgo, a Cedrus atlantica, and a variety of maples and ilex (holly). This is a mostly green space with interesting trees and shrubs and both white and Japanese gardens.
Persons associated with the garden include: Charles B. and Dorothea Harding, (former owners, 1926-1954); and Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape designer, 1971 and 1989).
Related Materials:
Harding Garden related holdings consist of 3 folders (19 35 mm. slides and one 120 mm. negative strip)
See others in:
Maida Babson Adams American Garden Collection, ca. 1960-1994.
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New Jersey -- Rumson  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NJ117
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New Jersey
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
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ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref20215

Manhasset -- Kiluna Farm

Former owner:
Paley, William S.  Search this
Paley, Barbara Cushing  Search this
Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Page, Russell  Search this
Church, Thomas Dolliver  Search this
Innocenti & Webel  Search this
Horticulturist:
Du Pont, Henry Francis, 1880-1969  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Kiluna Farm (Manhasset, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Nassau County -- Manhasset
Scope and Contents:
The folders include worksheets, garden plans, photocopies of articles about the garden, and other information.
General:
Kiluna Farm was the Long Island country estate of Barbara and William S. Paley and featured work by several noted landscape architects including Alice Recknagel Ireys, Russell Page, Thomas D. Church, Henry Francis du Pont, and the firm of Innocenti & Webel. The garden's design focused on a dell "transformed into a well-defined, planted punch bowl, with a large oval pond in the center, set in an inner frame of lawn, with an outer frame of ground covers, low evergreens, flowering trees and shrubs." Azaleas, rhododendrons, and mountain laurel were underpinned by more than 20 varieties of ground cover plants. The property also featured a vegetable garden and greenhouses.
Persons associated with the garden include: Barbara and William S. Paley (former owners, ca. 1947-1990); Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape architect); Russell Page (landscape architect); Thomas D. Church (landscape architect); Henry Francis du Pont (landscape architect); and Innocenti & Webel (landscape architects).
Related Materials:
Kiluna Farm related holdings consist of 2 folders (30 photoprints (including 3 contact sheets); 5 120 mm. slides; 17 35 mm. slides; 1 transparency)
See others in:
Maida Babson Adams American Garden Collection, ca. 1960-1994.
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New York -- Manhasset  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NY384
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref26846

New York -- Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Gardens

Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Cattell, Mary Deputy  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Gardens (New York, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- New York
Scope and Contents:
The folders include worksheets and other information.
General:
Formerly known as the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, this site is located on East 61st Street in New York City and was once part of a 23-acre estate. Following the acquisition of the property by the Colonial Dames of America in 1933, landscape architect Mary Deputy Cattell was commissioned to design an 18th-century style garden that featured espaliered ivy trained on fences, and plant material, bulbs, and flowering shrubs typical of that period. Some years later, following expansion of the site through the purchase of an adjacent building, the garden was redesigned by Alice Recknagel Ireys into its present form.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mary Deputy Cattell (landscape architect, 1930s); and Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape architect).
Related Materials:
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Gardens related holdings consist of 2 folders (5 120 mm. slides; 5 35 mm. slides; 1 photoprint)
See others in:
Maida Babson Adams American Garden Collection, ca. 1960-1994.
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New York -- Manhattan  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NY407
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
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ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref26904

Untitled Garden in East Hampton, New York

Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Untitled Garden (East Hampton, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Suffolk County -- East Hampton
Date:
08/01/1983
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Summer  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Box  Search this
Phlox  Search this
Walkways, brick  Search this
Fences -- wrought iron  Search this
Formal gardens  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item NY347001
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York / NY347: East Hampton -- Untitled Garden in East Hampton, New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref27543

Untitled Garden in East Hampton, New York

Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Untitled Garden (East Hampton, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Suffolk County -- East Hampton
Date:
08/01/1983
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Summer  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Box  Search this
Phlox  Search this
Lawns  Search this
Sundials  Search this
Formal gardens  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item NY347002
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York / NY347: East Hampton -- Untitled Garden in East Hampton, New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref27544

Untitled Garden in East Hampton, New York

Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Untitled Garden (East Hampton, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Suffolk County -- East Hampton
Date:
08/01/1983
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Summer  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Box  Search this
Phlox  Search this
Lawns  Search this
Sundials  Search this
Formal gardens  Search this
Hydrangeas  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item NY347003
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York / NY347: East Hampton -- Untitled Garden in East Hampton, New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref27545

Untitled Garden in Locust Valley, New York

Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Untitled Garden (Locust Valley, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Nassau County -- Locust Valley
Date:
10/01/1982
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Autumn  Search this
Patios, brick  Search this
Outdoor furniture  Search this
Chairs  Search this
Tables  Search this
Chaises longues  Search this
Patios, flagstone  Search this
Begonias  Search this
Impatiens  Search this
Stepping stones  Search this
Ponds  Search this
Walls, stone  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item NY383001
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York / NY383: Locust Valley -- Untitled Garden in Locust Valley, New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref27920

Untitled Garden in Long Island, New York

Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Untitled Garden (Long Island, New York)
United States of America -- New York
Date:
1960
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Spring  Search this
Swimming pools  Search this
Rocks  Search this
Decks  Search this
Stairs, stone  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item NY391001
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York / NY391: Long Island -- Untitled Garden in Long Island, New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref29981

Maida Babson Adams American garden collection

Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Stege, Friede  Search this
Weber, Nelva M.  Search this
Extent:
0 Photographic prints (color, 4 x 6 inches)
0 Photographic prints (black and white, 3 1/2 x 5 inches)
0 Photographic prints (black and white, 8 x 10 inches)
0 Contact sheets (black and white)
35mm slides (photographs) (color, 2 x 2 inches)
0 Negatives (35mm negatives, color)
0 Negatives (black & white, 4 x 5 inches)
0 Negatives (120mm negatives, black and white, 2 x 2 inches)
0 Film transparency (color, 4 x 5 inches)
0 Transparencies (120mm transparencies, color, 2 x 2 inches)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Contact sheets
Negatives
Film transparency
Transparencies
Film transparencies
Color negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Photographs
Color photographs
Slides (photographs)
Black-and-white negatives
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:
The Maida Babson Adams American Gardens Collection includes a total of 7,606 images documenting 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:
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:
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 -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Gardens -- United States  Search this
Gardens -- Connecticut  Search this
Gardens -- Massachusetts  Search this
Gardens -- New Jersey  Search this
Gardens -- New York (State)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Film transparencies
Color negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Photographs
Color photographs
Negatives
Slides (photographs)
Contact sheets
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM
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New Vernon -- Chilcott Garden

Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Former owner:
Chilcott, James Clemens, b. 1897  Search this
Chilcott, Ruth Hackney, 1909-1999  Search this
Collection Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Chilcott Garden (New Vernon, New Jersey)
United States of America -- New Jersey -- Morris County -- New Vernon
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and other information.
General:
Alice Recknagel Ireys began to design this garden in 1953, soon after the property was purchased by James Clemens and Ruth Hackney Chilcott. Ireys had already worked for the Chilcotts at their former home in Bernardsville, New Jersey. For this new garden, which featured an in-ground swimming pool, Ireys designed colorful garden borders backed by hedges for privacy. Lawns surrounded the house, while a terrace for outdoor dining and entertaining had an open view of the pool and nearby woodlands. A wide grass path bordered with lilacs outlined the area between the entrance court and a rose garden. A whimsical feature, pictured in Ireys' 1967 book, was a two-tiered shell fountain providing water for birds as well as the five Chilcott dogs. Molly Adams's photographs show the property at different seasons. Two of the contact print sheets are clearly dated October 1965, while other images are assumed to date from the same year. Additional documentation relating to the Chilcott Garden may be found in the Ireys papers in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College.
Persons associated with the garden include: Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape architect, 1953-) and James Clemens and Ruth Hackney Chilcott (former owners, 1953-1999).
Related Materials:
Chilcott Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (53 contact prints)
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New Jersey -- New Vernon  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM, File NJ468
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Rumson -- Harding Garden

Former owner:
Harding, Charles B.  Search this
Harding, Dorothea  Search this
Landscape designer:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Provenance:
Rumson Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Harding Garden (Rumson, New Jersey)
United States of America -- New Jersey -- Monmouth County -- Rumson
Scope and Contents:
The folders include worksheets and a photocopy of a book chapter about the garden which features a site plan, a detailed plan of the Japanese garden, and a plant list.
General:
With its garden established around 1926, this property was once the home of Charles and Dorothea Harding. Mr. Harding chaired the board of the New York Botanical Garden for many years. The site still has many unusual trees planted during the Hardings' ownership, including a copper beech, a large ginkgo, a Cedrus atlantica, and a variety of maples and ilex (holly). This is a mostly green space with interesting trees and shrubs and both white and Japanese gardens.
Persons associated with the garden include: Charles B. and Dorothea Harding, (former owners, 1926-1954); and Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape designer, 1971 and 1989).
Related Materials:
Harding Garden related holdings consist of 3 folders (19 35 mm. slides and one 120 mm. negative strip)
See others in:
Garden Club of America Collection, ca. 1920-[ongoing].
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New Jersey -- Rumson  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM, File NJ117
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Short Hills -- Auchincloss Garden

Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Former owner:
Auchincloss, Jean, 1904-1991  Search this
Auchincloss, William Stuart  Search this
Collection Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Auchincloss Garden (Short Hills, New Jersey)
United States of America -- New Jersey -- Essex County -- Short Hills
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and other information.
General:
Designed by Alice Recknagel Ireys, this garden belonged to William Stuart and Jean Auchincloss. Mr. Auchincloss was president of the Schnell Publishing Company, while Mrs. Auchincloss played a major role in the development of the Milburn Library in the 1930s. Ireys' plan for the grounds around the Tudor-style house featured stone walls, walks, and patio. Mature trees, both evergreen and deciduous, provided anchorage for a lawn area surrounded by garden borders, some of which were outlined in box. Ground cover plants, rhododendrons, and other shrubs softened the stone work and with the trees gave the garden an atmosphere of privacy and intimacy.
A contact sheet duplicating images NJ467015 through NJ467019, as well as images of NJ488, has been filed under the latter garden number. Additional documentation relating to the Auchincloss garden is in the Alice Recknagel Ireys papers in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College.
Persons associated with the garden include: Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape architect, 1965-1973) and William Stuart and Jean Auchincloss (former owners, circa 1965-1973).
Related Materials:
Auchincloss Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (3 safety film negatives; 27 contact prints)
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New Jersey -- Short Hills  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM, File NJ467
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Short Hills -- Laporte Garden

Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Former owner:
Laporte, John Henry  Search this
Laporte, Donna  Search this
Collection Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Laporte Garden (Short Hills, New Jersey)
United States of America -- New Jersey -- Essex County -- Short Hills
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and other information.
General:
Alice Recknagel Ireys began design work for this garden around 1969 and appears to have continued her association over the next ten years. The Dutch colonial house, built in 1928, was in a wooded setting with spacious lawns. Ireys utilized both brick and stone to create a walled patio and took advantage of the property's elevation change to design stone stairs leading to a slightly higher level above the patio. Several images show the project during the installation phase. The 1971 date is assumed from the date shown on the verso of one of the proof sheets for another garden whose images share that proof sheet with some of the Laporte property. Additional documentation relating to the Laporte Garden may be found in the Ireys papers in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College.
Persons associated with the garden include: Alice Recknagel Ireys (landscape architect, circa 1969-1979) and John Henry and Donna Laporte (former owners, circa 1960-1979).
Related Materials:
Laporte Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (17 contact prints)
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New Jersey -- Short Hills  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM, File NJ488
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Brooklyn -- Broughton Garden

Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Former owner:
Broughton, Philip F., 1893-1974  Search this
Broughton, Esther T., b. 1896  Search this
Collection Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Broughton Garden (Brooklyn, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Kings County -- Brooklyn
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and other information.
General:
Located in Brooklyn Heights, this home garden was designed by Alice Recknagel Ireys. Working within a narrow, confined space, she prepared a design that provided variety in texture and plant material. A more formal bricked area near the house featured urns and a cast-iron bench. Beyond this was a more naturalistic part of the garden, with white birch trees marking the division between the two spaces. Wooden fencing and latticework provided support for climbing plants and the background for a large birdhouse.
Related Materials:
Broughton Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (9 contact prints; 2 photographic prints)
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New York -- Brooklyn  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM, File NY1023
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[Broughton Garden]: landscape architect Alice Ireys in the garden.

Photographer:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Names:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Collection Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Extent:
1 Contact print (black-and-white, 2 x 2 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Contact prints
Place:
Broughton Garden (Brooklyn, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Kings County -- Brooklyn
Date:
1964 Sep.
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New York -- Brooklyn  Search this
Trees  Search this
Shrubs  Search this
Bricks  Search this
Benches, iron  Search this
Urns  Search this
Women designers  Search this
Outdoor furniture  Search this
Geraniums  Search this
Birch  Search this
Urban gardens  Search this
Women  Search this
Genre/Form:
Contact prints
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM, Item NY1023002
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Brooklyn -- Ireys Garden

Landscape architect:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Former owner:
Ireys, Alice Recknagel, 1911-2000  Search this
Collection Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Ireys Garden (Brooklyn, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Kings County -- Brooklyn
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and other information.
General:
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.
Related Materials:
Ireys Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (20 contact prints)
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: aag@si.edu.
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.
Topic:
Gardens -- New York -- Brooklyn  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM, File NY813
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