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Knoxville -- Boxwood

Object Details

This garden was designed between 1923 and 1930 by the Olmsted Brothers firm for Alfred Fanton Sanford, a prominent Knoxville businessman who in 1928 sold his newspaper, the Knoxville Journal and Tribune, in order to pursue a lifelong dream of developing an arboretum containing an example of every tree native to Tennessee. The arboretum encompassed 20 acres. Design elements included by the Olmsteds for Boxwood included formal gardens and water features. Detailed documentation, including contemporary photographs, planting lists, plans, and correspondence, may be found in the Olmsted Archives at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts. The A. F. Sanford Arboretum Records at the University of Tennessee Special Collections Library, Knoxville, includes seven boxes of record books documenting the plants present in the arboretum between 1930 and 1941. After Sanford's death in 1946 the arboretum was subdivided, although most of the land is now occupied by Boxwood Park, named for Sanford's home.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: Olmsted Brothers (landscape architects, 1923-1930) and Alfred Fanton Sanford (former owner, ca. 1920-1946).
Former owner
Sanford, Alfred Fanton
Landscape architect
Olmsted Brothers
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Boxwood (Knoxville, Tennessee)
United States of America -- Tennessee -- Knox County -- Knoxville
Gardens -- Tennessee -- Knoxville
Former owner
Sanford, Alfred Fanton
Landscape architect
Olmsted Brothers
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Tennessee
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File TN024
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
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Scope and Contents
The folder includes work sheets, a photocopy of a paper on Knoxville gardens with information about Boxwood, and a copy of the University of Tennessee finding aid.
Collection Restrictions
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Related Materials
Boxwood (Knoxville, Tennessee) related holdings consist of 1 folder (10 35 mm. slides (photographs))
Records related to this site can be found at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Olmsted Job Number 07241, A. F. Sanford.
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