This collection contains over 37,000 35mm slides, 3,000 glass lantern slides and garden files that may include descriptive information, photocopied articles (from journals, newspapers, or books), planting lists, correspondence, brochures, landscape plans and drawings. Garden files were compiled by Garden Club of America (GCA) members for most of the gardens included in the collection. Some gardens have been photographed over the course of several decades; others only have images from a single point in time. In addition to images of American gardens, there are glass lantern slides of the New York Flower Show (1941-1951) and trips that GCA members took to other countries, including Mexico (1937), Italy, Spain, Japan (1935), France (1936), England (1929), and Scotland.
A number of the slides are copies of historic images from outside repositories including horticultural and historical societies or from horticultural books and publications. The GCA made a concerted effort in the mid-1980s to acquire these images in order to increase its documentation of American garden history. Because of copyright considerations, use of these particular images may be restricted.
The Garden Club of America was established in 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when the Garden Club of Philadelphia and eleven other garden clubs met to create a national garden club. Its purpose is to foster the knowledge and love of gardening and to restore and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and gardening and conservation efforts. The GCA was incorporated in Delaware in 1923, with its headquarters established in New York City. Today, local clubs are organized under twelve regional zones. The GCA continues its tradition of hosting flower shows and publishing material related to gardening in the United States.
The GCA's glass lantern slides were used by The GCA for presentations and lectures about notable gardens throughout the United States dating back to colonial times. An effort was made in the late 1980s, in preparation of the 75th anniversary of the Garden Club of America's founding, to collect the disbursed slides. These slides were to eventually form the Slide Library of Notable American Parks and Gardens. The informational value of this collection is extensive since a number of images of the more than 4,500 gardens represented show garden designs that have changed over time or no longer exist. While the majority of images document a range of designed upper and upper-middle class gardens throughout the U.S., the scope of the collection is expanding as volunteers photograph and document contemporary gardens including community and vernacular gardens.
The gardens illustrate the design work of dozens of landscape architects including Marian Coffin, Beatrix Farrand, Lawrence Halprin, Hare & Hare, Umberto Innocenti, Gertrude Jekyll, Jens Jensen, Warren Manning, the Olmsted Brothers, Charles Platt, Ellen Biddle Shipman, and Fletcher Steele. Because of their proximity to the gardens, works of notable architects and sculptors may also be featured in the images.
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Miscellaneaous Slide photographs shot in Ladakh, India. Numbers 25 people bowing to shrine with gilded statue infront of yellow wall; 26 close up of statue of monk in large round hat infront of yellow wall; 27 gilded atatue in orange and blue infront of yellow wall; 28 wall of boxes with colorful cloth on them infront of yellow wall; 34-35 woman bowing to full wall of boxes; 2 colorful banners in foregroung, white buildin with roof with eyes; 18 three women in colorful hats looking over stone wall; 33 children in courtyard infront of yellow and red walls beside wooden column; 36 white washed monastery; 2 gilded statues holding scepter with heads on it, wearing red scarves; 4 two people with cameras infront of helicopter infront of dry grassy field; 34 monk and man chasing each other playfully; 20 gilded Buddha in blue hair in yellow sihrt, surrounded two statues holding bowls of rice; 22 close up of statue holding rice bowl; 34 monk with costume on holding drum dancing in courtyard; 33 close u of two girls in colorful hats and black robes; 9 two monks in field; 28 gilded statue, close up, holding dorje (small scepter); 35 low angel shot of gilded statue and niche; 18-19 two monks in elaborate costumes and crowns sititng on thrones; 37 monk with boy monk infront of butterlamp shrine; 3 close up of boy monk on crown and elaborate costume; 5,8,23 outside puja, monk in throne infront of throne, handed grains in bowl and plate by monk next to other monk; 32 two boy monks standing and playing next to sitting boy monk who is watching them on patio; 13 boy monk with incense standing by column; 33 boy monks on patio with incense looking at pot; 4 group of monk with banners standing near stairs; 11 boy monk playing conch horn; 13 boy monk playing bub chal (cymbals); 10 group of monks playing and holding dongmans (long horns) and banners; 34-36 monks playing dongmans infront of monk procession; 9 woman in peyrak beside column; 1 red statue with skull crown holding silver stick; 1 monk leaning against column beside yellow wall
Slide photographs shot in Ladakh, India. Numbers 1 grass; 2-5 womanin blue shirt with logo on it next to a woman holding a baby; 6-7 helicopter with its door open to crowd of peole; 9 stone building in foreground, valley with creek through it; 10 three children on porch, lokoing at camera; 11-12 zoom in on 10; 14 boy looking away from camera; 15-20 boy sucking thumb next to boy looking at camera
Slide photographs shot in Ladakh, India. Numbers 1 girl with red and grey scarf infront of stone wall smiling; 4 older woman in tall hat with beads leaning against a wall; 5 young girl in goatskin shawl smiling with her arms crossed; 6 girl with grey scarf on her head smiling; 7 young girl with girl from #6 next to her; 8 toddler with dirt on her next to girl from #6; same as 8 but focused upwards; 10 same as 7; 11 landscape, mountains behind valley of fields; 12-16 two boys under red blanket next to stone wall; 18 boy wrapping red blanket.robe around him, standing next to other boy; 20 monks in courtyard wearing red hats
Slide photographs shot in Ladakh, India. Numbers 21 small dressed in elaborate costume statuie with long teeth and arms outstretched, windows in background; 22 two monks in monastery witting against a wall infront of ornate table and tapestries, looking at camera; 24 monk posing for camera, mountains in background; 25 two monks posing with a boy monk, mountains in background; 26 two girls posing for camera; 27-29 monks walking around courtyard with stone wall in background, one carrying white object; 30-32 monks in sunglasses sitting at tables infront of a large crowd of people, pots on and around the tables; 33 people in crowd; 34 monk placing white scarf; 35 niches carved in wood holding statues of dieties and buddha like statues
Slide photographs shot in Ladakh, India. Numbers 21monks in courtyard infront of white building; 22-23 monks in courtyard playing instruments, two playing dongmans (long horns) with two boys holidng the long ends of the dongmans; 24 monk standing infront of fold up chairs; 25-27 line of monks playing instruments infront of patio, then moving in line; 28 men in western clothes standing with two monks; 31 similar to 22-23 but with monk in costume dancing in foreground; 32-34 monk sitting on folding chair infront of monks playing instruments on rooftop; 35-36 monks in colorful costumes dancing in courtyard
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1-3 man dancing in costume of buddhist diety with 5 ivory half horns ontop, rooftop in foreground; 4-7 five men in costume, two as deer, two as three eyed diety, and one as an old man walking in parade procession; 8-12 the two dressed as three eyed buddhist dieties dancing in courtyard 13-14 four men in costumes preceed into courtyard, one as an old man, two deer and one three eyed diety; 15-21 one three eyed diety and deer dancing around each other; 22 man as deer daning between two menin costume, back of deer; 23-27 man in deer costume dancing between two men in costume;28 two men in deer costumes dancing with man in old man costume; 29-34 two men in deer costumes dancing together; 35 man in deer costume in shadow; 36 man in deer costume dancing around courtyard
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1 two men in hats standing infront of statue of monk and small scale temple (?) with spire on shrine inside room; 2 man in tall hat infront of shrine in room; 3 monk talking by boxes piled up and covered in cloth; 4 two women wearing peyraks (turquoise head covers) and goatskin shawls by a red column, piled up boxes stacked against a wall; 6-8 two women wearing peyraks and goatskin shawls infront of shirne and yellow wall; 9-10 two women infrnt of shrine wearing peyraks and goatskin shawls infront of shrine with Buddha statue and butter sculpture; 11 two women infront of shrine with statue of monk and structure with spire, woman in foreground; 12-20 two women infront of shrine with statue of monk and structure with spire next to bowl of tsampa (barley wheat), women bowing; 21 man standing in doorway, shot from inside, man in cap; 24 man in gry hat pouring butter into butter lamps; 26-27 woman in peyrak standing in doorway; 29 woman in tall hats infront of boxes piled and covered in colored cloth; 30-31 monks sitting in row at tables, one playing drum and reading from a book; 32-33 boy in blue jacket by a red column infront of Buddha statue shrine; 34 man in a cap in doorway, woman in tall hat by doorway
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1-2 boy monk in doorway, wall of piled boxes covered in colorful cloth, columns on opposite side in red; 3 woman bowing to shrine with statue of monk and a structure (temple?) with a spire next to a bowl of tsampa (barley wheat); 4-7 monks in a row, monk in foreground reading as other monk with white mask leans over the first monk; 8-9 man in tan hat infront of shrine with structure of small temple(?) with spire and statue of monk, man praying; 10-12 woman with gray cap leaing torma (offering) at feet of monk statue; 14 statue of monk with red hat and red robe; 15 same as 4-7; 16-19 man in tan hat bowing and leaving torma at feet of monk statue; 20 two men in dukang (main prayer room of monastery) between two columns, line of monks reading and sitting in foreground; 21 man standing between columns in dukang, holding can; 22 man giving monk the can in room with shrine of statue of monk and other of Buddha; 24 woman in peyrak (turquoise head piece) infront of shrine with butter sculptures; man bending over in foreground; 25 old woman in peyrak praying, man bending over in background; 26 woman in tall hat and goatskin shawl bowing to statue of Buddha surrounded by buttersculpture; 27 man in white cap with boy in tan cap and baby on his back, red columns in background; 30-36 group of people infront of shrine praying, woman in tall hat with man and three children
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1-8 two monks in colorful costumes, ne in a red three eyed diety mask, other in three eyed black diety mask, dancing together; 9 monk in old man costume in courtyard alone; 10-15 woman in purple tall hat with backet with baby in it on her back walking through a crowd, she turns around; 16-18 woman in crowd near a wall, shot from above of tops of heads, wearing peyraks (turquoise headpieces); 20-22 man in purple with tan cap on in crowd taking to woman with peyrak; 23 crowd of people, women wearing peyraks; 25 group of women in peyraks and goatskin shawls in crowd; 26 zoom out of crowd; 27-35 woman in peyrak with baby in backet on her back; 37 old woman spinning small silver mau (prayer wheel)
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1-2 man in goatskin shawl bowing with his head on the floor; 3-5 man infront of doorway with goatskin shawl praying to shrine; 6-11 two women in goatshawls bowing in prayer to piled boxes with colorful cloth on them; 13-14 woman in peyrak (turquoise hat) inside doorway praying; 15-18 women in peyraks praying to Buddha statue and shring with buttersculptures, red columns in foreground; 19 2 women in peyraks bowing to book with shite scarves on it, Buddha statue in background; 20 woman in peyrak with hands together praying with Buddha statue and book in background; 24-25monks by a table, one a boy monk, is smiling, other one is bending over, back of monk in foreground; 26-29 people bowing and praying to Buddha shrine with buttersculptures; 30 woman in foreground praying, buddha shrine in background; 31 man bowing t gilded statue of Buddha in yellow robe; 33 two women in peyraks, one beside a red column, both praying; 34 man in a woman bowing and praying to buddha statue; 35 womanin peyrak praying to Buddha statue
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1-2 large white buildings, line of men fromthe door down an allwy standing and waiting; monk walking in twos past line of men throught alley; 3-4 monks with red hats playing dongmans (long horns) and kanglings (horns) walking down an allwy, followed by monks without hats, then people following; 5 monks at bottom of alley with line of men; 6 large line of men and monks from doorway to bottom of alley; 7-8 men in alley bowig to the monks with line of men behind them; 10 men by white building bowing to monks; 14-16 men bowing to monks and monks blessing them with white scarves; 17 crowd of people, women in peyraks (turquoise hats), all praying; 18 woman bending over putting toddler on her back; 19-20 woman with toddler on her back walking; 21 old woman in peyrak and goatskin shawl talking to woman in tall hat holding baby and has a backet on her back; 22 woman with peyrak walking past white wall; 23 woman with baby walking, man in tan cap in foreground; 24-25 woman in peyrak carrying baby sucking on thumb and backet on her back; 26 crowd of people in courtyard with monks infront, all sitting on ground; 27-29 monk on throne at head of courtyard on patio, heads of monks in foreground; 30-31 monk in shade on throne 32-36 monks
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1Art, buddhist diety with white face and clouds of blue and green behind him, mostly wearing red, a dragon with a birds face is beside him, has hat of red with a tuff of white hair coming out of top; 2 Art, a buddhist diety with an orange face holding an orange stick with smoke all around him, set in a landscape; 3 Art, a buddhist diety with a red face and clouds of blue and greent behind him holding a gold cup with a gold lid, has a gold crown with a red hat; 4 Art, a buddhist painted woman without a shirt on, a crown with snakes and holding a red, orange, and white object, is on edge of painting so part of red border is in photo; 5 Art, painted hand strumming guitar that has a dragon painted on it; 6 Art, three statues of monks with large red hats, middle one holding its hand up in mudras (hand gestures); 7 Art, Buddha statue in yellow with white scarf on his lap and two monk statues aon either side of him, infront of statues from #6; 8-9 monk statue in tall red hat with white scarf over his arm and offerings infront of him; 10 Art, low shot of #7; 11 boy monk walking under a covered area of the courtyard past a paingint on the wall carrying 2 pots; 12 column details and ceiling with a boys back in the foreground; 13 column with a monk walking past; 14 boys sitting on ledge of balcony, shot across courtyard; 15-16 monk in foreground with back to camera, out of focus, behind him a monk is talking to someone; 17 monk talking, looking at camera; 18 boy partially lit by sunlight holding pots and looking past the camera; 19 two men standing, one with long hair, the other with a tan cap and tan sweater; 20 Art, gilded sculpture of buddhist diety with crown of turquoise; 21-22 building with lions painted on the outside (temple??); 23 landscape, village in valley; 24 building in foreground, valley in background; 25 monks leaning out of window into courtyard, yellow building; 26 valley, green fields from top of village (stacked buildings and terraces on hillside);27 mountain with little vegetarian and marjo erosion; 28 landscape of mountain and valley fields with building in foreground, shot through a window; 29 details of top of column; 30 casted objects of metal and stone (offerings?) infront of painting of red, white and black dancing skeletons; 31 two men leaning against faded painted walls, one has tan cap on, other one wearing red robe; 32 four children standing infront of stone raised porch; 33 long shot of valley turning around mountains with green firles and vilalge in foreground; 35-36 whitewashed buildings with woman and child standing infront of them; 37 woman washing child in small stream
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 2-3 boy under mask looking at camera, infront of column, mask hanging on column; 4-5 two monks putting on masks of cow heads with horns; 6 boy monk trying to help one of rht monks put on his mask; 7 two boy monks sitting against white wall next to an older monk; 8 boy reaching up to mask hanging on column 9-12 same as 7; 13-15 young boy smiling and looking at camera; 16 two monks with cow masks on looking at each other; 17-18 monk in cow mask looking at camera, in full costume; 20 monk readjusting cow mask on other monks face; 21-26 two boy monks playing kanglings (horns) 27-29 monk in dark green three eyed diety mask dancing in orange, red and blue costume in courtyard; 30 people on balcony watching; 31-32 same as 27-29; 33 two boy monks on rooftop looking over edge at crowd; 34-35 monk dressed in old man costume next to two monks playing dongmans (long horns) with two boy monks holding up the ends of the dongmans
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1 large crowd sitting in courtyards, monks infront, patio infront of them; 2 large crowd with monks infront; 4 monks in crowd sitting infront of patio; 5 back of crowd sitting, monks and patio in background; 7 white building next to courtyard full of peopple sitting; 8-14 crowd of people standing, policemen infront; 15 clearing of people infront of patio, men in tan with sticks getting together; 16-18 shot of people in crowds wearing colorful caps moving; 19 crowd by wall with shadow falling on them; 20 same as 16-18; 21 same as 19; 22-23 crowd next to line of police; 24-25police with raised sticks holdig crowd back; 26 crowd next to police; 28 monk with gold and red robe in shade infront of painting holding yellow cloth, girl next to him; 29 monk handing yellow cloth to someone; 30-31 monk pouring tea into girls hand for her to drink as blessing; 32 monk pouring tea into womans hand; 33 monk holding green and red cloth as woman in peyrak bosd to him; 34-36 monk under yellow drapery blessing people
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1 woman in peyraks (turquoise hat) 3 people in large hats and costumes holding and playing drum; 4 people in large hats and costumes, large hat in foreground; 5 same as 3; 7-8 boy with long hair and large hat holding drum; 9-10 woman in peyrak and goatskin shawl holding baby whois wearing decorated red hat; 12-14 zoom in 7-8; 15 man playing drum and walking in group, wearing large hat; 16 men in large metal hats playing drums and wearing costumes; 17-18 men in large hats and costumes playing drums, out of focus men in foreground; 19 man holding drum; 20 woman in peyrak sitting with basket holding baby in her lap, drum in foreground, woman sitting next to other mother and baby; 22 man in hat holding drum; 25-26 same as 20; 28 man in gold hat and colorful costume dancing in sun; 29-32 men in large hats and costumes holding drums dancing around pattern on floor of courtyard; 33-37 man in gold hat and blue and silver costume dancing around courtyard
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 1-17 manin blue and silver and red costume with large metal hat on dancing in courtyard infront of patio; 18 two monks sitting on ground sharing plant leaf; 19-20 three monks on pathway of arid hillside; 22 monk on building infront of arid sandy hillside; 24 monks climbing rocky hillside; 25-26 monk walking in courtyard with stick with points on end; 27 monks with tall red hats plaing kanglings in courtyard; 28-32 two monks with red hats next to two monks with incense and pink robes next to a monk holding a large buttersculpture; 34-35 same as 27; 36 monks holding kanglings (horns) next to buttersculpture; 37 two monks holding long end of dongmans(long horns) next to monk with pointed carved stick; 38 two monks playing kanglings next to buttersculpture
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 21 man holding a small boy in crowd; 22 old woman in tall hat in crowd; 23 little girl standing in crowd of sitting people; 24 woman in peyraks (turquoise hats) sitting in group; 25-27 large group of people in crowd; 28-29 old woman with peyraks and other hat on top of peyrak in crowd; 30-34 same as 25-27; 35-36 monks in group praying
Slide photographs shot in Mathoo Monastery, Mathoo Village, Ladakh, India. Numbers 3-7 four women by door in peyraks (turquoise hat) praying; 8-9 two monks playing kanglings (horns) ; 10-11 women against wall, both in peyraks and both praying, one standing, one sitting on floor; 12-17 monk lighting butter lamps on Buddha statue shrine; 18-19 monk praying at shrine with monk statue and structure with spire; 21 gilded statue of monk with orange hat on and a dorje (scepter); 22-23 monk lighting incense infront of Buddha statue; 24-25 old monk with glasses reading book; 26-33 monks leaving tormas (offerings) to the Buddha shrine withstatue; 34 monk lighting butterlamps on table in dukang (main prayer room of monastery) 35 old monk with butterlamp infront of Buddha sculpture shrine; 36 same as 34 but with monk