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San Rafael -- Fairhills

Former owner:
Mailliard, Adolph  Search this
Foster, A. W.  Search this
Hillsborough Garden Club  Search this
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Fairhills (San Rafael, California)
United States of America -- California -- Marin -- San Rafael
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes an information sheet and a copy of "Reminiscences of Early Marin County Gardens" by Margaret Kittle Boyd (Marin Garden Club).
Fairhills is an example of a Marin County ranch garden style with an entry avenue of cypress and eucalyptus trees swept to doorway around a circle. Fairhills was described in the Marin County Historical Society Bulletin (July 1990) as a "135 acre hillside estate... with its mansion, its gate house, its vineyards and orchards and its beautifully landscaped grounds... also the site of the first grape festival, staged to raise funds for the San Francisco Presbyterian Orphanage and Farm."
Fairhills was originally developed as a stock farm for thoroughbreds and cattle by Adolph Mailliard, son of Napoleon Bonaparte and brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. It was brefily owned by President of Costa Rica. Mr. and Mrs. Butterworth installed a fish pond and fountain and planted orange trees, crepe myrtles, magnolias, lillacs, wisteria, snake vine, caracalla and fig trees. A.W. Foster brought in gardeners from Japan and installed a waterfall, tree ferns, wild rhododendrons, and azaleas.
Persons associated with the property include: Adolph Mailliard (former owner, 1868-1872); Mr. Montelegras (short ownership); Mr. and Mrs. Butterworth (1874-1886); Mr. A. W. Foster (1886-1930).
Related Materials:
Fairhills related holdings consist of 1 folder + 1 35mm slide (reproduction)
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Gardens -- California -- San Rafael  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File CA364
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