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1965 Archives

50th Anniversary of The Plainfield Garden Club

PGC Member Victoria Furman wrote the following:

1915 - 1965 History of The Plainfield Garden Club

Shakespeare Garden Pergola

Donny, the main person that helps oversee the Shakespeare Garden from the Union County Parks Department, handed me this photo that he found in his "shed" – May 13, 2011, Susan Fraser

Shakespeare Garden Pergola -- Back of Photo

50th Anniversary of the Garden Club

Cath Detwiller's Plainfield Garden Club Party ca. 1965

sent in by Rick Detwiller, June 13, 2012

Dear Susan -

I thought you would enjoy those photos and I'm glad they will be fun for the older members to see. I know that Betty Horn, Valentine Fort, Toni Mann, Peggy Brower Newberry-Burger, Betty Fitzpatrick, June Barlow and Dot Davis are among the group and it's good to know you recognized Mrs. Seybolt. I'm sure Mrs. Sandford will be glad to see so many friends with herself among them!

Laura Detwiller was Dad's Aunt - she was his father's sister. Attached are a few more of her watercolors she did when she lived in Greenville, NJ that you may want to add to her page. We have lots of them, but most are now in the collection of the Bronx Botanical Garden. Also attached is a picture of Dad, Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. with his mother Ethel Hassel Detwiller in what I believe is Aunt Laura Detwiller's garden at 971 Hillside Ave. in Plainfield when she would have been a Garden Club member. Aunt Laura or Charles Sr. must have taken the photo since I have another one of her in the garden, probably taken at the same time. I'll send that second photo along with more garden club related material as I find it.

Thanks,

Rick D.

Mrs. Furman's daughter identified Mrs. Frost on the left – white floral dress with pink sweater.

Cath Detwiller's Plainfield Garden Club Party ca. 1965

Sent in by Rick Detwiller, June 13, 2012

Cath Detwiller's Plainfield Garden Club Party ca. 1965

Sent in by Rick Detwiller, June 13, 2012

June 13, 2012
Sally Kroll wrote in to say that these four women are Cath Detwiller, Betty Fitzpatrick, Anne Marie Seybold and Barbara Sandford

Mrs. Ladd, Mrs. Tyler and Mrs. Holman

CHARTER MEMBER – Mrs. William S. Tyler, center, gets a corsage from Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd, chairman of the Plainfield Garden Club's 50th anniversary celebration, during a reception Saturday night at the Monday Afternoon Club. Mrs. Tyler is a charter member of the club. At right is Mrs. Wayne J. Holman, Jr., club president. (Photo by Ted Fogel)

PLAINFIELD GARDEN CLUB MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The Plainfield Garden Club observed its 50th anniversary Saturday night with a reception at the Monday Afternoon Club. A pictorial history of the club's activities highlighted the evening.

Several past presidents and two charter members, Mrs. Willam S. Tyler and Miss Josephine Lapsley, were among the honored guests.

Members and their husbands were welcomed by Mrs. Wayne J. Holman Jr., president, and Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd, chairman of the celebration and a past president.

Others serving a hostesses were former presidents Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler, Mrs. J. Webster Sandford and Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood. Mrs. Alden deHart and Mrs. Victor R. King, also past presidents, were hostesses at the coffee table.

Mrs. William P. Elliott and Mrs. David S. Foster, decorations chairmen, carried out the anniversary theme with yellow table cloths and golden urns arranged with flowers dipped in gold. Two white alabaster urns filled with red roses adorned the entrance hallway, and the buffet table featured two decorated 5-branch candelabra and a tiered anniversary cake.

The pictorial history, planned and executed by Mrs. Lockwood, included movies of club members taken many years ago by the late Leslie R. Fort. Slides showed such club activities as the planting of the Moraine locust trees in Park Ave., the planting around the YWCA., and the Salvation Army buildings, window boxes on downtown buildings, the Cornus collection and the Shakespeare and iris gardens in Cedar Brook Park.

A challenge class, in which husbands of six members participated, was directed by Mrs. Lawrence S. Heely. Alden R. Loosli was declared the winner of the arrangement competition.

The Plainfield Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club of America and the Garden Club of New Jersey.

Marge, Ethel & Elsa

Ladd, Mrs. Edward H. III (Margaret or "Marge" Cone) '39

Tyler, Mrs. William Seymour (Ethel Van Boskerck) '15

Holman, Mrs. Wayne J. (Elsa Ezell), Jr. '58

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The following photos were converted from slides archived at the Plainfield Library on March 22, 2013

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Woman on the left possibly Mrs. Anderegg

Roswell Rausch, Louise Rausch and Margaret Morrell

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Fritz Lockwood on left

50th Anniversary Party David Foster & Marge Ladd

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Hazel Lockwood

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Mrs. Frederick G. (Geraldine de M. Goutiere) Acomb holds camera.

Mrs. William S. Tyler '15, seated in purple dress.

Other members are unidentified.

50th Anniversary Party Mrs. William S. (Ethel Van Bosckerck) Tyler '15

and Mrs. Marge Cone Ladd on the right

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Mr. David Foster third from the right. On Mr. Foster's left is Chis Barnhart.

Roswell Rausch is second from the left

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Mr. David Foster third from the right. Chis Barnhart to Mr. Foster's left.

Roswell Rausch is second from the left.

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The gentleman may be Webster Sandford

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Barbara Sandford is on the left, Hazel Lockwood and Victoria Furman

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50th Anniversary Party Elsa Ezell Holman, President on left

Mrs. Wayne J. (Elsa Ezell) Holman, Jr. '58 and Mrs. Frederick G. (Geraldine de M. Goutiere) Acomb.

Mrs. Acomb grew up in India and wore a beautiful sari.

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Mr. David Foster, third on right

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50th Anniversary Party Marge Ladd, Ethel Tyler & Elsa Holman

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Mrs. David (Connie) Foster on the gentleman's left.

50th Anniversary Party Elsa Holman on left

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50th Anniversary Party Marge Ladd, Elsa Holman, unknown lady and Mrs. Robert T. Stevens

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Mr. and Mrs. His

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Toddy & C. Northrup Pond

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck Stevens

Email Exchange March 2013

Dear Caroline,

Yes, Sally shared your email address – I hope that is okay. I promise we will not pester you too much!

Thank you for your identification of Mrs. Acomb – all agree that you are absolutely correct. We never had a photo of her before and it is wonderful that we do now!

It also makes a lot of sense that she is wearing an Indian sari as she grew up in India. How beautiful!

Sally and the Detwiller family were her patrons and have sent us digital images of their portraits. If you would ever take a photograph of the two portraits you own and would share them, we would love that. In her file we have kept images of all her work that we have found.

It is interesting that you think that one man may be Mr. Noss. Edith Tyler Noss did not officially join the Club in 1966. Perhaps that is why she is not photographed? Maybe there are more photographs somewhere else? We are just so pleased to have discovered these.

I am sorry not to have spoken with your mother as well. What a long, full life she enjoyed. I know the Ladies are looking down and happy we are archiving all their work!

Enjoy Spring and thanks again – Susan


Caroline Normann
Mar 23 (1 day ago) 2013

to Sally, me
Dear Susan, how thoughtful of you to send this to me. I have to imagine that Sally Booth gave you my name and contact information. I am sorry to say the only person who looks at all familiar to me is the lady with the camera and also on the right in #15 of the pdf file, who I think might be Geraldine (Gerry) Acomb. She and my mother (Lucy Van Boskerck Potter Mitchell) and Sally's mother were close friends. I have two portraits Gerry she did, one very large and elegant one of my mother in a Victorian gown that hung in the front hall of my grandparents' home on Prospect Avenue, and another small one of me as a very young child. Sadly none of the other people in your photos look at all familiar with the possible exception of the man on the left in #3 who could be Henry Noss, Ethel's son-in-law, husband of Edith. But I can't imagine if he were there that Edith, Ethel's daughter, would not also have been, and there is no one in any of these photos who looks like Edith. The Nosses did live in Plainfield in 1965, as I used to visit them in the early 1960s. If they attended the event, I"m sure the photographer (Gerry?) would have captured them both, likely with Ethel. Edith wrote a history of the club which is in the archives. He was a devoted gardener (and retired NYU history professor who I believe also served as dept chair for some years). Unless they were away when the event took place I cannot imagine that they were not there. There are also multiple photos and references to all of the Van Boskerck/Tyler members from the beginnings.

I regret being of little help to you and wish my mother were still living. She would have known and delighted in identifying many of them of the older set in attendance, but alas she died in 2010 at 97.

Feel free to ask anything else of me.

Best regards,


Caroline
On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM, Plainfield Garden Club <plainfieldgc@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Caroline,

Today we converted old slides into digital photographs and the first event was the 50th Anniversary of the Garden Club in 1965. Attached are several photographs of Mrs. William S. (Ethel Van Boskerck) Tyler who was honored as the last founding member of the club in 1965.

Also attached is a pdf of a reduced quality (the photos are less clear and smaller) of all the slides taken that evening. Would you by chance recognize anyone else in the slides? We can send larger photographs if that would help.

You can also view all our records from 1965 at www.plainfieldgardenclub.org at this direct link:

1965 50th Anniversary Party

Thank you for any assistance you can offer. We would love to place a name with every face.

Sincerely,

Susan Fraser
co-President
Plainfield Garden Club
Founded 1915
www.plainfieldgardenclub.org

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Another batch of slides were found in the Plainfield Library's archives. These seem to be from another photographer as there is such a difference from the first set. Slides located near these were often written on the border with "Acomb."

Since we have a photo of Mrs. Acomb standing at the party with a camera, perhaps it is she who took these photos.

Mrs. Tyler seated on right with white orchid corsage.

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Barbar Sandford seated with pink corsage, second from right.

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Mrs. Ladd far left in blue. Mrs. Tyler seated second from right with white corsage.

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Mrs. Holman seated on left in blue. Mrs. Ladd seated on right in blue.

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Mrs. Holman

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1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

April 23, 1965 Garden Club History Reviews Past 50 Years

A history of the Plainfield Garden Club was presented to members Wednesday by Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd at the club's annual meeting in the home of Mrs. Edgar F. Davis, 1080 Rahway Rd. Mrs. Alexander Kroll was co-hostess.

The history has been published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Garden Club, which was formed in 1915.

The first part of the history was written by a charter member, now deceased, Mrs. Thomas Van Boskerck. The second part, covering the years from 1940-1965, was written by Mrs. Gerald Furman, and highlights the accomplishment of all the departments of the club.

Special emphasis is given to the three continuing projects: the Shakespeare Garden started in 1927; the Dogwood Collection, sponsored since 1946; and the Iris Garden begun in 1932; all in Cedar Brook Park. These three gardens have received national recognition and many awards for excellence.

The Union County Park Commission has just named the dogwood planting, "The Harriette R. Halloway Cornus Collection," in appreciation of the club's many years of service to park activities. Miss Halloway, 90, is the Garden Club's oldest living member and an authority on cornus and iris.

Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick, nominating chairman, present the slate of officers which was elected as follows: President, Mrs. Wayne J. Holman Jr.; first vice president, Mrs. David Sanders; second vice president, Mrs. F. Gregg Burger; treasurer, Mrs. William K. Dunbar Jr.; recording secretary, Mrs. C. Northrup Pond; and corresponding secretary, Mrs. C. Benson Wigton Jr.

Mrs. Holman and Mrs. Sandford will attend the annual meeting of the Garden Club of America in Cleveland, Ohio from May 10-14. Mrs. Holman will present a resume of recent program given by members of the Plainfield Club on the botanical background of the mallow plant family.

Mrs. John Wells of Valley Road, Watchung, said the club will again give scholarships to the Audubon summer camps or the N. J. State School of Conservation at Stokes Forest, as has been done since 1941. School teachers and scout leaders are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

A colored movie, entitled "Wings Over Blitzen," was shown, picturing wildlife in its natural state in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore.

Tea followed the meeting. Mrs. C. Benson Wigton and Mrs. Blanche P. Nash presided at the tea table, which was decorated with an arrangement of white spring flowers.

April 23, 1965 Garden Club History Reviews Past 50 Years

Friday, April 30, 1965 Plainfield Woman Acclaimed For Conservation Activities

Caption: CITED FOR HER EFFORTS – Mrs. Garret Smith of Plainfield was cited for her many years of conservation work by the New Jersey Park and Recreation Association last night in Elizabeth. Citation is presented by Mrs. John M. Mackie of Summit, second from left, Mrs. Smith's sponsor for the award, while state Commissioner of Conservation and Economic Development Robert A. Roe, left, and association President F. S. Mathewson of Plainfield look on

Plainfield Woman Acclaimed For Conservation Activities

Elizabeth – Mrs. Garret Smith of 132 Crescent Ave., Plainfield, was honored last night by the New Jersey Park and Recreation Association for the many years she has devoted to conservation.

Mrs. Smith, who received a plaque at a dinner in the Winfield Scott Hotel, was cited as "a conservationist, horticulturalist, civic worker, and speaker."

She has give most of her 89 years, the citation read, "to making this world a better place in which to live by planting trees, plans and flowers and strenuously urging others to do likewise."

Speaking at the program were Robert A. Roe, New Jersey commissioner of conservation and economic development, and John T. Cunningham, author, lecturer and conservationist.

Active With Groups
Mrs. Smith was commended for the following activities: as a long time member of the Plainfield Shade Tree Commission, the only woman to serve on the board of directors of the N. J. Federation of Shade Tree Commissions, members of the Plainfield Garden Club, Garden Club of New Jersey, Garden Club of America, charter member of the Union County Association of Shade Tree Commissioners, originator and life honorary president of the Little Garden Club of New York City, and a member of the N. J. Association of Certified Tree Experts.

"She was an originator and leader in a national movement to beautify and advance the utilitarian use of church grounds," the citation continued, "and has been a strong and articulate advocate of parks, large and small, especially neighborhood parks, and has proposed and helped create parks in her own city."

2 Get Citations
Citations were also presented to W. Richmond Tracy of Summit, retired engineer and secretary of the Union County Park Commission, and to Mrs. Robert L. Loyd, of Morristown, a member of the Morris County Park Commission and leader in the Great Swamp project.

Roe said he favors Senate Bill 234, which could elevate the Bureaus of Parks, Forestry and Recreation to division status.

He notes the "vital concern" his department has in the state's present water shortage, commended the Green Acres program and expressed concern about a proposed state budget provision which would cut $5 million from a fund to help local and state agencies construct sewer facilities.

Cunningham, speaking on "Saving New Jersey's Best," stressed the urgency for preserving open spaces in the state. This land is vitally needed for conservation and recreation, he said. He indicated real estate industrial developments along with various other agencies are ?? to take this land an ? for the purposed other than?? for which it was intended.

F. S. Mathewson of Plainfield was re-elected President of the N. J. Park and Recreation Association. ?? those re-elected to the?? committee were ??? Feiring of Watchung, ??? Victor R. King of Plainfield, and J. Harold Loizeaux of Scotch Plains.

Friday, April 30, 1965 Plainfield Woman Acclaimed For Conservation Activities

Friday, April 30, 1965 Plainfield Woman Acclaimed For Conservation Activities

Friday, April 30, 1965 Plainfield Woman Acclaimed For Conservation Activities

Mrs. Garret Smith

1965 50th Anniversary Party

1965 50th Anniversary Party

1965 50th Anniversary Party

September 28, 1965 Garden Club to Mark 50th Anniversary

The Plainfield Garden Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a formal reception at the Monday Afternoon Club at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd is general chairman.

Invitations have been sent to all members and their husbands, according to Mrs. Homer P. Cochran, invitations chairman.

Other chairmen are: Hospitality, Mrs. David F. Sanders; decorations, Mrs. William P. Elliott and Mrs. David S. Foster; and program, Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood.

The Plainfield Garden CLub was organized in 1915 by 48 charter members under the leadership of the late Mrs. Frank O. herring. its primary concern, today as then, is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among its members and to encourage interest in horticulture, conservation and civic planning and planting.

The Shakespeare Garden, Iris Garden and Cornus collection in Cedar Brook Park are several of the many civic projects initiated by the club.

October 1, 1965

Personally Speaking

The Plainfield Garden Club will hold a reception for its members tomorrow evening at the Monday Afternoon Club to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding. Among those who will entertain at small dinner parties at their home are Mr. and Mrs. William P. Elliott, "Lee House," Scotch Plains; Mr. and Mrs. Gerald S. Furman of 1096 Oakland Ave., Mr. and Mrs. Wayne J. Holman Jr. of 1029 Rahway Rd., and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Roome of 1071 Cooper Rd.

October 4, 1965 Courier-News

November 16, 1965 Courier-News

Personally Speaking

Mrs. Wayne J. Holman Jr., president of the Plainfield Garden Club, will entertain at a luncheon at her home at 1039 Rahway Rd., preceding a member-guest meeting to be held tomorrow at the Grace Episcopal Church House. Thomas Miller, executive assistant curator at the Cloisters, will speak on the subject of "Flora of the Unicorn Tapestries."

Mrs. Albert B. Diss also will entertain at a small luncheon at her home at 945 Cedar Brook Rd. before the meeting.

Barbara Sandford's personal invitation to the 50th Anniversary Party

1965 Year Book The Garden Club of New Jersey

Past Presidents
1935-1938
Mrs. Frederic W. Goddard
Tryon, North Carolina

1961-1963
Mrs. Albert L. Stillman
73 Leland Avenue, Plainfield

1965 Year Book The Garden Club of New Jersey

1965 Year Book The Garden Club of New Jersey

When Mrs. Albert L. Stillman became President in 1961, she adopted as her major project the beginning of a Garden Club of New Jersey Headquarters. She believe the time had come to put down permanent roots. She felt if we were able to realize our full potentialities we must have efficient office space, archives to preserve our records, a home for the horticulture library we were collecting. We needed a suitable place to display the Awards we had so richly earned. A place for the various Chairmen to hold meetings, and where Junior activities could be carried on. A central location to stage statewide Garden Centers and hold Flower Shows. But more than that, the time had come for us to establish a worthy symbol of our Horticultural Stewardship. A tangible evidence of our dedication to the preservation of the Beauty Nature has given us as a priceless heritage.

As Mrs. Stillman voiced these hopes in her acceptance speech, it was a clarion call that awakened latent dreams in the hearts of all who heard her. The overwhelming approval given her by member clubs prompted her to outline a schedule:

Executive Board Meeting, May 23, 1961: Mrs. Stillman appointed Mesdames Walters, Schomp, Slocum, Sayre to serve as a committee to look into the feasibility of having a centrally located headquarters building.

1965 Year Book The Garden Club of New Jersey

1965 Year Book The Garden Club of New Jersey

Sampling of Barbara Tracy Sandford Archives 1965-1984

Sampling of Barbara Tracy Sandford Archives 1965-1984

The above 42-page pdf file contains a sampling of newspaper articles, correspondence and other documents from the memorabilia of Barbara Tracy Sandford. These items mostly pertain to the 1970's but there are some things from the late '60's and early '80's. Main topics include the Plainfield Beautification Committee/Annual Banquets; Plainfield Shade Tree Commission; Elmwood Garden Club; Children's Garden; New Jersey Garden Clubs; New Jersey Bell Labs; and correspondence within the civic government of Plainfield and Plainfield citizens at the time concerned with their environment.

For more information on this material please contact the Plainfield Public Library.

Club History by Anne Marie v. G. Seybold

1965-1985 History of the Plainfield Garden Club by Anne Marie v. G. Seybold

Exhibition

We have had in-Club shows and participated in local garden club shows in neighboring communities. For the Christmas season in 1965 the Club was asked by one of Plainfield's leading banks to decorate their windows. Mrs. William Elliott and her Committee did a superb job with large pinecone wreaths framing copies of famous "madonna" paintings.

In October, 1965 the fiftieth anniversary of the Club was celebrated with a beautiful birthday party – a formal reception at the Monday Afternoon Club. Mrs. Edward Ladd, III, the general chairman, and her Committees left no stone unturned to make the affair the great success that it was. Several past presidents and two charter members were among the honored guests. A pictorial history of the Club's activities highlighted the evening. The slides showed the plantings of Moraine Locusts on Park Avenue around the YWCA, the Salvation Army building, the Drake House Museum and the planted window boxes on downtown structures. We saw pictures of the Cornus collection and the Shakespeare and Iris Gardens. The decorations carried out the anniversary theme with golden touches everywhere. For a grand finale curtains opened to reveal six husbands, bedecked with aprons, seated behind a long work table! At a given signal the Men's Challenge Class got under way and frantically dealt with weird mechanics, even more weird plant material, and coffee can containers. Time was called and, by audience acclamation, horrible prizes were awarded and photographers snapped flash pictures. With a toast to the future Mr. Webster Sandford extolled the Club ladies and offered condolences to the husbands who must survive all kinds of crucial moments. A splendid time was had by all.

Cornus Arboretum

From the 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

Our beautiful dogwood trees stand on what was once the city dump. The story of this evolution of beauty began in 1929 when Mrs. Charles Eaton presented 50 dogwood trees to Cedar Brook Park from her own woods. In 1931, with Mrs. Henry Wells as Chairman, 45 dogwood trees, white and pink, were donated by the Plainfield Garden Club and were planted on one side of the drive entering from Park Avenue. Nine years later, (1940), under the guidance of Mrs. Thomas R. Van Boskerck and Mrs. William Holliday, 110 trees were added to extend the first row and to form another on the opposite side of the road. Since this planting coincided with our own 25th anniversary, a large boulder bearing a bronze marker was placed near the entrance.

In 1946, the Park Commission, a group of progressive and dedicated gentlemen, asked our Club if we would sponsor a Cornus Arboretum, using the Dogwood Drive as a foundation. We accepted – indeed, yes! A committee was formed with Miss Harriette R. Halloway as Secretary and Advisor, whose goal it was to include every Cornus, Specie and Cultivar, which was obtainable and which would thrive in this climate. Through the years, chairmen have included Mrs. R. T. Stevens, Mrs. George His, and Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler. As in our other gardens, the Park Commission has planted, raised seedlings in their nursery and provided maintenance.

Through purchases, gifts and exchanges with other Arboretums, 26 varieties were planted in the next five years. By 1948, there were 219 trees, giving masses of beautiful spring bloom as well as fall display of foliage and berries. Thousands of visitors walked or drove through this fairyland of beauty, surely the better for having seen it.

Today, through the inspired leadership of Miss Halloway, the Cornus Collection contains more than sixty varieties, some quite rare. All the others being horticultural selections of "clones" (cultivars). Experts consider the Cornus Collection to be the outstanding horticultural and civic achievement of our Club. It was highly gratifying in 1957, when officials from the New York Botanical Garden came out to see it.

Prof. Benjamin Blackburn, in a recent article in the American Horticulture Magazine says, 'It does not appear that a comparable collection exists. The Cornus Collection offers an admirable example of cooperation between groups interested in the cultural and horticultural riches of a municipality . . . none other is known to the writer to be existing elsewhere in the country."

To quote Miss Halloway, "each year the trees continue to be beautiful and a joy, if not forever, at least for many years."

Written by Victoria Furman

October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

Sally does it again!

Over our 100 year history, the PGC has submitted TEN local gardens for inclusion in the Smithsonian's Archives of American Gardens. As you know, it has been the Garden Club of America's great initiative to document gardens across the nation and have their photos and plans preserved there. Our own Mary Kent just concluded her two-year term as the National Chairman of that GCA committee titled "Garden History & Design." GCA clubs from across the US have painstakingly documented gardens for the Smithsonian. But as most of us can recall, technology wasn't what it is today so some things became "lost" in the great vaults of the Smithsonian. One of these things were the submitted photographs of 1332 Prospect Avenue in Plainfield.

1332 Prospect Avenue was home to Plainfield Garden Club Founding Member Mrs. Thomas Rowe (Lucy Otterson) Van Boskerck '15. Later, it was home to Honorary Member Bernice Swain. Before it became the current home of Jim McGreevey, it belonged to Chris and Kathleen Onieal. Your Editor was once showed these photographs as they were told "they stay with the house" but again, they had been misplaced.

In comes Sally. Sally is friends with Mrs. Van Boskerck's granddaughter, Caroline Norman, who resides in Seattle. Sally remembers visiting 1332 Prospect Avenue often as a child and tells great stories of playing in the attics. Sally, who is a third generation member of the PGC, inquired once more of her friend Caroline if she could locate these mythical photographs. And today they were found and returned to us – and the six sepia photographs are every bit as beautiful as Your Editor remembered.

In addition, Caroline sent along never-before-seen photographs of her Aunt Ethel Tyler and her house at 520 8th Street. We also received our first photo of Mrs. Noss. And perhaps best of all, we are the recipients of some beautiful photographs of 17 year-old Sally, a dashing young Carter and Sally's beautiful children. ENJOY!!

1332 Prospect Avenue and other photos for the Van Boskerck, Tyler, Clendenin, Noss, Genung, Madsen & Booth Families

Dot Madsen Genung