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Perry H. Wheeler collection

Creator:
Wheeler, Perry H., 1914-1989  Search this
University of Georgia  Search this
Garden Club of America  Search this
Emory University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Names:
Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Va.)  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Bonnet, Henri, Ambassador  Search this
Bonnet, Henri, Madam  Search this
Estes, Billie Sol  Search this
Harriman, Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward, 1920-1997  Search this
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
Mellon, Paul, Mrs.  Search this
Mesta, Perle Skirvin, 1889-1975  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994  Search this
Palmer, Bertha Honoré, 1849-1918  Search this
Truman, Margaret  Search this
Extent:
25.75 Cubic feet
3,958 photographic items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Lists
Awards
Certificates
Invoices
Negatives
Correspondence
Clippings
Photographs
Invitations
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Plans (drawings)
Place:
Canada
White House (Washington, D.C.)
Africa
Europe
Caribbean
South America
West (U.S.)
Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1880-1984
bulk 1950-1965
Summary:
The Perry H. Wheeler Collection includes the design, client and business records of Perry H. Wheeler, a landscape architect best known for his work on numerous townhouse gardens in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., during the 1960s as well as the redesign of the White House Rose Garden in collaboration with Rachel Lambert ('Bunny') Mellon during the Kennedy administration.
Scope and Contents note:
The Perry H. Wheeler Collection includes the design, client and business records of Perry H. Wheeler, a landscape architect best known for his work on numerous townhouse gardens in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. during the 1960s as well as the redesign of the White House Rose Garen in collaboration with Rachel ('Bunny') Lambert Mellon during the Kennedy adminstration. The collection includes photographic images, plans, drawings, client correspondence, plant lists, invoices, newspaper and magazine clippings, certificates, awards, and invitations. The bulk of the collection and most of the professional papers date from about 1950 to 1965 and relate to various garden design projects by Wheeler, many of them located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Of particular note are documents for Wheeler's public design work including the White House grounds, Washington National Cathedral, U. S. National Arboretum, President John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, and the British and Cambodian Embassies in Washington, D.C. Noteworthy correspondents include President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, Ladybird Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, and Margaret Truman.

There are also over 3,000 35mm slides dating from the 1950s and 1960s that document Wheeler's personal travels to Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the American West.
Biographical/Historical note:
Perry Hunt Wheeler (1913-1989), a Georgia native, began his higher education at Emory University, going on to graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1937. Immediately afterward Wheeler enrolled in Harvard University from which he earned a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture in 1938. After graduation, Wheeler collaborated on garden projects in Atlanta, Georgia with fellow landscape architect Helen Hawkins Clarke. During World War II, Wheeler moved to Washington, D.C. to serve under the Office of Civilian Defense and the Office of Strategic Services Camouflage Division. Following the war, Wheeler worked at Garden House a Georgetown shop where he advised homeowners on tasteful garden design, accessories, and furnishings. By 1948 Wheeler had established a landscape architecture practice in Washington, D.C. His practice grew via word of mouth through Washington's social circles and through a shared office with landscape architect Rose Ishbel Greely, and later with architect Gertrude Sawyer.

In 1947, he formed a 'bachelor household' in Georgetown with James Snitzler. Later, at the invitation of Rachel Lambert "Bunny" Mellon, he and Snitzler created a second home outside of Washington called "Spring Hill" on property owned by Mellon. Shortly after Snitzler's death in 1968, Wheeler moved permanently to Middleburg, Virginia and continued to travel, lecture, and consult with clients. Wheeler semi-retired in 1981 to 'Budfield,' a property in Rectortown, Virginia where he passed away in 1989, leaving his estate to his partner, James M. Stengle.

Wheeler is best known for his work on private gardens in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood. He frequently employed the use of intricate brickwork, low-maintenance planting, and simple water features in creating his charming and functional designs. His most noteworthy commissions outside the private realm include collaboration with Bunny Mellon on the White House Rose Garden, designing a Garden Club of America-commissioned gazebo and its surroundings for the U.S. National Arboretum, and plantings for the National Cathedral and President John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.
Provenance:
Gift from the estate of James M. Stengle, 1993.
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:
Presidents -- United States  Search this
Landscape architects  Search this
Presidents' spouses -- United States  Search this
Gardens -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lists
Awards
Certificates
Invoices
Negatives
Correspondence
Clippings
Photographs
Invitations
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Plans (drawings)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Perry H. Wheeler collection.
Identifier:
AAG.WHE
See more items in:
Perry H. Wheeler collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aag-whe
Online Media:

Frederick Vernon Coville Papers, 1888-1936 and undated

Creator:
Coville, Frederick V (Frederick Vernon) 1867-1937  Search this
Subject:
Coville, Frederick V (Frederick Vernon) 1867-1937  Search this
Rydberg, Per Axel 1860-1931  Search this
Walpole, Frederick A. 1861-1904  Search this
Mearns, Edgar Alexander 1856-1916  Search this
United States-Mexican International Boundary Survey 1891-1894  Search this
Medicinal Plants Survey, 1897-1898  Search this
Edward L. Greene Herbarium  Search this
Cornell University  Search this
Geological Survey of Arkansas  Search this
United States Department of Agriculture  Search this
United States National Herbarium  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Death Valley Expedition (1891)  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Harriman Alaska Expedition (1899)  Search this
Physical description:
3 cu. ft. (6 document boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1888
1888-1936
1888-1936 and undated
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Botanists  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU007272
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217429

Cinchona Project Field Books, 1928-1954

Creator:
Cinchona Missions Expedition (1942-1944)  Search this
Subject:
American Quinine Company  Search this
United States Foreign Economic Administration  Search this
United States Department of Agriculture  Search this
United States Bureau of Plant Industry  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
United States National Herbarium  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Field notes
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Maps
Date:
1928
1928-1954
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Plants  Search this
Cinchona  Search this
Rubiaceae  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-096
See more items in:
Field Book Project 1855-2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_307000

Frederick Vernon Coville (1867-1937)

Creator:
Science Service  Search this
Subject:
Coville, Frederick V (Frederick Vernon) 1867-1937  Search this
United States National Herbarium  Search this
United States Department of Agriculture  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0296]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_290784

Washington -- United States National Arboretum

Creator:
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Wheeler, Perry H., 1914-1989  Search this
University of Georgia  Search this
Garden Club of America  Search this
Emory University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Perry H. Wheeler collection.
Identifier:
AAG.WHE, File DC046
See more items in:
Perry H. Wheeler collection
Perry H. Wheeler collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States of America / District of Columbia
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-whe-ref1065

National Arboretum (U.S.) [Folder]

Additional name:
U.S. National Arboretum  Search this
United States National Arboretum  Search this
United States. Agricultural Research Service. National Arboretum  Search this
United States. Department of Agriculture. National Arboretum  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_105671

North American native terrestrial orchids : propagation and production : conference proceedings, March 16 & 17, 1996, [held at the National Arboretum, Washington, D.C) / edited by Carol Allen, [sponsored by Friends of the National Arboretum, Maryland Native Plant Society, and National Capital Orchid Society]

Title:
Conference proceedings
Author:
North American Native Terrestrial Orchid Conference (3rd : 1996 : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Allen, Carol  Search this
Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum  Search this
Maryland Native Plant Society  Search this
National Capital Orchid Society  Search this
Subject:
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 114 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Congresses
Place:
North America
Date:
1996
[1996]
Topic:
Orchids  Search this
Call number:
SB409 .N864 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_503115

Dwarf & unusual conifers coming of age : a guide to mature garden conifers : featuring the Gotelli Collection of Dwarf & Slow-growing Conifers, the United States National Arboretum, Washington, D.C. / Sandra McLean Cutler

Title:
Dwarf and unusual conifers coming of age
Author:
Cutler, Sandra McLean  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Gotelli Dwarf and Slow-growing Conifer Collection (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1997
C1997
Topic:
Dwarf conifers--Catalogs and collections  Search this
Slow-growing conifers--Catalogs and collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_531975

Landscape plants for the twenty-first century / by Erik A. Neumann

Author:
Neumann, Erik A  Search this
Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum  Search this
Subject:
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : col. ill., map ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Plants, Ornamental  Search this
Plant introduction  Search this
Call number:
SB407 .N48 1992
SB407.N48 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_448711

A catalog of cultivated woody plants of the southeastern United States / by Frederick G. Meyer, Peter M. Mazzeo, and Donald H. Voss

Author:
Meyer, Frederick G (Frederick Gustav) 1917-2006  Search this
Mazzeo, Peter M  Search this
Voss, Donald H  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
United States Agricultural Research Service  Search this
Subject:
National Arboretum (U.S.) Herbarium  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 330 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Catalogs
Place:
Southern States
Date:
1994
[1994]
Topic:
Plants, Cultivated  Search this
Woody plants  Search this
Trees  Search this
Shrubs  Search this
Ornamental woody plants  Search this
Plants, Cultivated--Catalogs and collections  Search this
Woody plants--Catalogs and collections  Search this
Trees--Catalogs and collections  Search this
Shrubs--Catalogs and collections  Search this
Ornamental woody plants--Catalogs and collections  Search this
Call number:
SB435.52.S92 M612 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_465975

The United States National Arboretum: America's living museum : a guide to the major gardens and collections / by Erik A. Neumann

Author:
Neumann, Erik A  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Arboretums  Search this
Call number:
QK484.D6 N49 1989
QK484.D6N49 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_365926

The National Arboretum book of outstanding garden plants : the authoritative guide to selecting and growing the most beautiful, durable, and care-free garden plants in North America / by Jacqueline Hériteau with H. Marc Cathey and the staff and consultants of the U.S. National Arboretum

Author:
Hériteau, Jacqueline  Search this
Cathey, Henry M (Henry Marc) 1928-  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
xxvi, 292 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
North America
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Plants, Ornamental  Search this
Plants, Ornamental--Pictorial works  Search this
Landscape gardening  Search this
Call number:
SB407.H493 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_389018

Beyond wonderment and curiosity : the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum

Author:
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
National Bonsai Foundation, Inc  Search this
John Y. Naka Pavilion  Search this
Subject:
National Bonsai and Penjing Museum Bonsai collections  Search this
John Y. Naka Pavilion Bonsai collections  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Catalogs and collections
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Bonsai  Search this
Call number:
SB433.5 .B573 1990
SB433.5.B573 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_399638

Contributions toward a flora of Nevada

Author:
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
United States Bureau of Plant Industry Division of Plant Exploration and Introduction  Search this
University of Nevada  Search this
United States Agricultural Research Service Section of Plant Introduction  Search this
United States Agricultural Research Service Crops Research Division  Search this
Physical description:
no. 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Navada
Date:
1940
1940-
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Call number:
QK173.W3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_190553

National Arboretum contribution

Author:
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
no. 24 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
North America
Date:
1953
1953-
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Arboretums  Search this
Call number:
QK1 .N27
QK1.N27
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_54092

Bonsai in Japan

Author:
Nihon Bonsai Kyōkai  Search this
Subject:
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
[72] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 37 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
1976
Topic:
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976  Search this
Bonsai  Search this
Call number:
SB433.5 .N69
716.5 .B5
SB433.5.N69
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_78757

Bonsai & penjing : ambassadors of peace & beauty / by Ann McClellan

Title:
Bonsai and penjing
Author:
McClellan, Ann  Search this
Author:
Creech, J. L (John Lewis) 1920-  Search this
Subject:
National Bonsai and Penjing Museum  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
pages cm
Type:
Catalogs and collections
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
2016
Topic:
Botanical museums  Search this
Bonsai  Search this
Penjing  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1074510

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