Garden History & Design

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The Smithsonian Instutition

In honor of the Garden Club of America’s 75th anniversary, GCA donated its historic collection of 3,000 glass slides along with 30,000 slides of gardens past and present to the Smithsonian Institution. The core of the Smithsonian’s collection, these images are added to annually by club members across the country who are actively documenting gardens. This archive, according to the Smithsonian website, “includes a collection of approximately 60,000 photographic images and records that document historic and contemporary gardens throughout the United States. The images, which show views from colonial times to the present, include a considerable range of garden features such as furniture and ornamentation, as well as all manner of design styles.”

Since 2000, the Garden Club of Hartford has documented the following gardens; all photos are courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America Collection. Accession numbers are at the end of each entry; browse the Smithsonian website for more photos by visiting: http://sirismm.si.edu/siris/collectionaag1.htm.

 

Donna and Sam Stout Garden 2016

Donna and Sam Stout Garden Documented in 2016 “West End” Hartford CT. Photo by Sam Stout

 

Oldgate, Farmington, CT, documented in 2014. Photo by Evan Cowles. Accession #CT 100

Oldgate, Farmington, CT, documented in 2014. Photo by Evan Cowles. Accession #CT 100

 

Baker-Linder Garden, Bethlehem, CT, documented in 2014. Photo by Nora Howard. Accession # CT 731039

Baker-Linder Garden, Bethlehem, CT, documented in 2014. Photo by Nora Howard. Accession # CT 731039

 

Wilkes-Valentine Garden, Pocatello, Idaho, documented in 2014. Photo by Nora Howard. Accession # ID 020.

Wilkes-Valentine Garden, Pocatello, Idaho, documented in 2014. Photo by Nora Howard. Accession # ID 020.

 

Thomas F. Oakes & Elinor R. Oakes Garden (now vanished), Avon, CT, documented in 2013. Photo by Nora Howard. Accession # CT 704.

Thomas F. Oakes & Elinor R. Oakes Garden (now vanished), Avon, CT, documented in 2013. Photo by Nora Howard. Accession # CT 704.

 

Worthington Farm (former Enders garden, now vanished), Avon, CT, documented in 2013. Photographer unknown. Accession # CT 705

Worthington Farm (former Enders garden, now vanished), Avon, CT, documented in 2013. Photographer unknown. Accession # CT 705

 

The Peg Atkinson Garden, Avon, CT, documented in 2012. Photo by Nora Howard. Accession # CT 550.

The Peg Atkinson Garden, Avon, CT, documented in 2012. Photo by Nora Howard. Accession # CT 550.

 

Whitman Close Commons, Hartford, CT, doumented in 2014. Photo by Betty Standish. Accession # CT 727.

Whitman Close Commons, Hartford, CT, doumented in 2014. Photo by Betty Standish. Accession # CT 727.

 

The Hyland-Schutz Garden, West Hartford, CT, documented in 2012. Photo by Debra Herr. Accession # CT 118.

The Hyland-Schutz Garden, West Hartford, CT, documented in 2012. Photo by Debra Herr. Accession # CT 118.

 

The Holden Garden, Fox Hall, Farmington, CT, documented in 2010. Photo by Brooke Mallory. Accession # CT 354.

The Holden Garden, Fox Hall, Farmington, CT, documented in 2010. Photo by Brooke Mallory. Accession # CT 354.

 

The Porter Gardens, East Windsor Hill, CT, documented in 2008. Photographed by Anne Holcombe. Accession # CT 347.

The Porter Gardens, East Windsor Hill, CT, documented in 2008. Photographed by Anne Holcombe. Accession # CT 347.

 

The Holbrook-Betsy Bower Garden, Wellsville, NY, documented in 2000. Photo by Betsy Holbrook Bower. Accession # NY 630.

The Holbrook-Betsy Bower Garden, Wellsville, NY, documented in 2000. Photo by Betsy Holbrook Bower. Accession # NY 630.

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