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Abington Township -- Hidden Glen Farms

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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Pennsylvania
Identifier
AAG.GCA, File PA348
Sponsor
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Former owner
Conger, Fred
Conger, Betty
Landscape designer
Gale, Charles H.
Architect
Brumbaugh, G. Edwin
Milner, John
Landscape architect
Peck, Frederick W. G.
Owen B. Schmidt & Sons
Provenance
Huntingdon Valley Garden Club
Related Materials
Hidden Glen Farms related holdings consist of 1 folder (24 35 mm. slides)
Custodial History
The Huntingdon Valley Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
General
"This garden was designed to enhance an eighteenth-century landscape and house setting. Landscape architect Charles H. Gale, Sr., was inspired by the architectural and horticultural research done at Colonial Williamsburg. He created a half acre of colonial gardens terraced to separate the formal flower and herb garden from the vegetable and fruit garden. The upper tier is in geometric subdivisions using English boxwood to edge and enclose spring bulbs, annuals, biennials, and perennials. Included are lilies, aquilegia, digitalis, delphinium, coreopsis, gallardia, phlox, astilbe, stokesia, Shasta daisies, yarrow, candytuft, alyssum, veronica, comfrey, and medicinal as well as cooking, and sweet-smelling herbs, the latter lining one side of the garden fence.
In each of the four geometric shapes is a five-foot, classical lead statue made in England. . . . The center circle has an eighteenth-century sundial. Fieldstone retaining walls, which contain the hill, and a sitting niche and bench with herbs underfoot utilize eighteenth-century ideas of garden construction. The vegetable and fruit garden, four stone steps down, is bordered on two sides by espaliered dwarf apple trees and grape vines. The small hill on the side of the steps is covered with lilies and strawberries. In one corner the fences join a garden tool house, which has a cedar shingled roof to match the family house and pool house roofs. Williamsburg clay birdhouses hang from one side of this house. The sheep pasture is adjacent to the garden. Fields and lower orchard go behind the garden. The tennis court,pool, woods and creek follow the lawns to the right."
Persons associated with the property include: Fred and Betty Conger (former owners, 1937-1963); Frederick W. G. Peck (landscape designer, 1967); Charles H.Gale (landscape architect, 1982); G. Edwin Brumbaugh (architect, 1937, 1966, 1969); Owen B. Schmidt & Sons (landscape architects, 1968); and John Milner (architect, 1981 and 1989).
Collection Restrictions
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Type
Archival materials
Scope and Contents
The folder includes a worksheet, a copy of the garden plan, and three photos of the original Charles H. Gale installation from ca. 1983 (two of the same view). The garden is noted for its incorporation of colonial (eighteenth-century) design elements in a contemporary setting.
Bibliography
Garden has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, October 1982. Garden has been featured in the Philadelphia Flower Show Catalogue, March 1982. Garden has been featured in Architectural Digest, May 1984.
Collection Rights
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Former owner
Conger, Fred
Conger, Betty
Landscape designer
Gale, Charles H.
Architect
Brumbaugh, G. Edwin
Milner, John
Landscape architect
Peck, Frederick W. G.
Owen B. Schmidt & Sons
Provenance
Huntingdon Valley Garden Club
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Topic
Gardens -- Pennsylvania -- Meadowbrook
Place
Hidden Glen Farms (Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania)
United States of America -- Pennsylvania -- Montgomery County -- Abington Township -- Meadowbrook
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
Large EAD
AAG.GCA
AAG.GCA_ref16429
AAG
GUID
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6e17a8764-cb6a-458f-af3b-2de77a1eb025
sova.aag.gca_ref16429
Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210185553-0
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