United States of America -- California -- Marin -- San Rafael
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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).
Fairhills related holdings consist of 1 folder + 1 35mm slide (reproduction)
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