“Palmieri, Firenze [ or Florence, Italy] – Box garden from level of tennis court,” ca. 1915, via Arthur Peck Collection, Oregon State University (OSU) Special Collections & Archives Commons on flickr.
Note the patterns of the clipped boxwood in the middle distance and those on the villa at the top.
Arthur Peck was a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Oregon Agricultural College from 1908 to 1948. During his long career, he created a teaching library of 24 boxes of glass lantern slides — now in OSU’s archives.
Behind the house the upland falls
With many an odorous tree—
White marbles gleaming through green halls—
Terrace by terrace, down and down,
And meets the star-lit Mediterranean Sea.
‘Tis Paradise. . . .
— Herman Melville, from “After the Pleasure Party: Lines Traced Under an Image of Amor Threatening“
“View of drive from roof, Chambord,” France, ca. 1920, via Arthur Peck Collection, Oregon State University (OSU) Special Collections & Archives Commons on flickr.
Arthur Peck was a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Oregon Agricultural College* from 1908 to 1948. During his long career, he created a teaching library of 24 boxes of glass lantern slides — now in OSU’s archives.
ADDENDUM: June 2017 — A 14-year-long renovation of the grounds has just been completed.
*The college later became OSU.
I like this formal use of strawberry pots.
These 1921 images are hand-colored glass lantern slides by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The garden was attached to the Lathrop Colgate house in Bedford Village, New York. According to the Library of Congress website, it no longer exists.
The website names Edith Leonard Colgate as the probable garden designer.
I do think a garden should be seductive. The strength of any garden is its ability to take you away.
— David L. Culp, in “3,000 Plants, and Then Some,” The New York Times.
Unidentified garden in Pasadena, California, 1930, by Diggers Garden Club, via Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America, Smithsonian Institution Commons on flickr.
Simple, elegant, and a little mysterious. . .
The Diggers Garden Club was founded in 1924 and still exists today. It is a member of the Garden Club of America, which is celebrating its centennial this year.
At its 75th anniversary, the GCA donated 3,000 glass lantern slides (of which this is one) and over 30,000 film slides to the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens. Its members continue to contribute to the collection, which now has over 60,000 images.
Many of the gardens pictured in the Archives’ slides are unidentified. The Smithsonian is asking the public’s help in finding names and locations. Click here to view its “Mystery Gardens Initiative.”
While the hand-colored images are the stars of the recently released collection of lantern slides taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston, among the new material are these lovely black and white photographs of wildflowers. Johnston used these pictures to illustrate her popular lecture, “Wild Flower Gardening.”
The slide at the top is “Unidentified house, woodland pathway, 1920.” All the portraits of flowers below were taken between 1915 and 1927.
Wood anemone. (All labels by the Library of Congress; click any photo to enlarge it.)
Bell flower (campanula).
Wildflowers in bloom.
Bell flower (campanula).
Unidentified garden or park, woodland daffodils, 1920 (also the photo below).
All photos are from the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in April
I’m afraid this will have to count for my Bloom Day post this month — it’s pouring outside. To see what’s blooming in other garden bloggers’ gardens, go to May Dreams Gardens, here.