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Beverly -- Grace Edwards Garden, The

Object Details

sova.aag.gca_ref17557
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb66ffa3fa6-8813-415a-8417-73e81e08e170
General
The original Massachusetts farmhouse expanded and glorified by architect Henry Davis Sleeper (1878-1934) was demolished but the bones of the late 1920s- early 1930s gardens designed by Arthur Asahel Shurcliff (originally Shurtleff, b.1870-1957) and Sidney Nichols Shurcliff (b. 1906-1981) remain, including the octagon garden, the lily pond and Chinese Chippendale style summer house, the octagonal Williamsburg style tool house, and the painted trompe l'oeil garden alcove. The original vegetable garden is much smaller, now fenced and planted in raised beds, with the rest of that garden room replaced by a swimming pool and pool house after 1980. The latticework fencing and treillage garden house in the octagon garden have been restored and left bare; once they were draped with vines and blue morning glories. Mature shaped yews and hydrangea borders are featured now in place of the old-fashioned flower gardens planted in the 1930s.
In the original design garden rooms surrounded the centrally-located house with paths radiating from that house; the current house is on the site of the carriage house in one corner of the 2.3-acre property, alongside the circular drive designed by the Shurcliffs. A summer porch on the current house overlooks the 75-foot long lily pond and a crabapple orchard that was planted on the site of the Sleeper house. The original pink marble fountain from the old-fashioned garden has new plumbing, the opening to the large lawn has been expanded to admit a riding mower, and the trompe l'oeil garden alcove has been restored.
Persons associated with the garden include: Grace M. Edwards and Hannah M. Edwards (former owners, 1917-1946); Russell and Katharine Burrage (former owners, 1946-1949); John and Florence Lindsay (former owners, 1949-1981); Leslie Huntoon (former owner, 1981-2001); Arthur Asahel Shurcliff (changed from Shurtleff), ASLA (landscape architect, 1928-1932); Sidney Nichols Shurcliff, ASLA (landscape architect, 1929-1932); Henry Davis Sleeper (architect of original house,1928-1932); Alton Bynum (gardener, 1981-2003).
Former owner
Edwards, Grace M.
Edwards, Hannah M.
Landscape architect
Shurcliff, Arthur A. (Arthur Asahel), 1870-1957
Architect of original house
Sleeper, Henry Davis, 1878-1934
Landscape architect
Shurcliff, Sidney Nichols, 1906-
Provenance
North Shore Garden Club of Massachusetts
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Place
The Grace Edwards Garden (Beverly, Massachusetts)
United States of America -- Massachusetts -- Essex -- Beverly
Topic
Gardens -- Massachusetts -- Beverly
Former owner
Edwards, Grace M.
Edwards, Hannah M.
Landscape architect
Shurcliff, Arthur A. (Arthur Asahel), 1870-1957
Architect of original house
Sleeper, Henry Davis, 1878-1934
Landscape architect
Shurcliff, Sidney Nichols, 1906-
Provenance
North Shore Garden Club of Massachusetts
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Massachusetts
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.
Custodial History
The North Shore Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
Identifier
AAG.GCA, File MA399
Type
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
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.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes worksheets.
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.
Related Materials
The Grace Edwards Garden related holdings consist of 2 folders (8 35mm slides (photographs) + 20 digital images)
Archival materials located at Harvard University, Loeb Library, Sidney N. Shurcliff Archive.
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Lois W. Poinier slide collection, circa 1920-1999.
AAG.GCA_ref17557
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Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210180566-2
Beverly -- The Grace Edwards Garden
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