Lake Forest -- Covin Tree

Object Details

The house was built in 1907 by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw on flat meadow land. In 1907, there was only one tree planted on the entire property. The large pond was a feature. Terraces and lawns surrounded the house with walks leading to and through a series of gardens, notably three called the April, May and June Gardens. The gardens are designed to bloom in those months and be secluded the rest of the year. Plantings included peonies and other plants a suitable to local condititions.
Garden statuary included works by Carl Milles, M. Alfeo Faggi, Edith Barretto Parsons, and Sylvia Shaw Judson.
Katherine Lancaster Brewster was the editor of the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America. She wrote, "The Little Garden for Little Money," 1924 and her garden design style may have been influenced by William Robinson and Gertrude Jeykll.
Persons and groups associated with the garden include: Mrs. Walter J. Brewster and Katherine Lancaster Brewster (former owners, 1920s-30s?), Hoard Doren Shaw (architect, 1907), Carl Milles, M. Alfeo Faggi (sculptor), Edith Barretto Parsons (sculptor), and Sylvia Shaw Judson (sculptor).
Former owner
Brewster, Walter, J.
Lake Forest Garden Club
Former owner
Brewster, Katherine
Garden designer
Brewster, Katherine
Shaw, Howard Van Doren
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Covin Tree (Lake Forest, Illinois)
Gardens -- Illinois -- Lake Forest
Former owner
Brewster, Walter, J.
Lake Forest Garden Club
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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
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Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File IL003
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
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Garden featured in the Garden Club of American Annual Meeting guide of 1933, page 40. Garden featured in "List of Gardens of the members of the Garden Club of America open to visit by members, 1921." Garden featured in "Country Place Types of the Middle West," The Architectural Record, by Ralph Rodney Root, Vol. 55, No.1, January 1924.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes worksheets articles and exceprts from a slide script.
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Related Materials
Covin Tree related holdings consist of 1 folder (4 lantern slides)
Garden plan of the property is located at Lake Forest College.
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Garden Club of American collection, ca. 1920- [ongoing].
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