Plainfield Garden Club

Member: King, Mrs. Victor R. (Elizabeth Jones) '48

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book, Active: King, Mrs. Victor – no notation of date or payment

1949 - 1950 Treasurer Book, Active: King, Mrs. Victor June 8, 1949 May 29, 1950 June 1951 June 1952

1970 - 1990 Address: 826 Arlington Avenue, Plainfield

1984 - 1990: Sustaining
1991 - 1992: Deceased

Photo circa 1950 also lists a "Mrs. Charles King" – could possibly be the mother-in-law to Mrs. Victor R. King.

Daughter-in-law is Mrs. Victor E. D. (Yasmina) King '78

When Mrs. King passed away, her husband, Victor, long stayed active in Plainfield and was a great supporter of the PGC and the Shakespeare Garden. It has been said the two large boxwood to the south of the center hexagon shaped bed in the garden were cuttings from Mount Vernon brought back by Mr. King. [UPDATE: Mr. King references these boxwoods in a letter to the club saying that they were cuttings brought back to the garden by his grandmother.]

Mrs. Victor R. King '48

photo circa 1950

Mrs. Victor R. King '48

back of the photo, circa 1950

Harvard Law Bulletin Obituary April 18, 2003 for Victor R. King

Victor R. King '34 of Plainfield, N.J., died April 18, 2003. He practiced law in Newark, Plainfield and North Plainfield until his retirement in 2000 at the age of 91. He was a trustee of the New Jersey Bar Association and president of the Plainfield and Union County bar associations. A charter member of the Union County Ethics Committee, he was also on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics. He was a Union County park commissioner, an attorney for the Plainfield Board of Education, a trustee of the Fanwood Community Foundation and a longtime member of the Plainfield Shakespeare Society. He served with distinction in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a combat information officer on the USS Gyatt

1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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May 17, 1957

Caption: GARDEN MARKER VIEWED – Standing before the marker commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Iris Garden in Cedar Brook Park are (left to right) Mrs. Frederick Lockwood, Victor B. King, Jr., John C. Wister, Mr. Richard Tracy and Miss Harriette R. Halloway, founder of this garden. (Courier photo by E. T. Wiggins)

The Plainfield Garden Club and guests yersterday dedicated the the entranceway of the of the Iris Garden in Cedar Brook Park.

Miss Harriette R. Halloway, found of the garden and chairman of the garden of the Iris Garden [not legible] the project was started in 1932, was presented a medal by Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood, president of the Garden Club.

The medal is [not legible] "from the grateful members of the Plainfield Garden Club Harriette R. Halloway founder and director of the Iris gardens of Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield, 1932 - 1957."

[Not legible] viewed a recently installed [not legible] tablet marking the anniversary of the garden.

"Excercise in Perfection"
Victor R. King, president of the Union County Park Commission, led the gathering [not legible] the garden display was "an excercise in perfection is [not legible]," he said.

The park commission provides the setting for the garden and have [not legible] in the project [not legible]

W. [not legible] Tracy, executive had of the Park Commission when the Iris Garden was started paid tribute to Miss Halloway for her "tireless work and painstaking effort."

Another speaker was Dr. John C. Wister of Swarthmore, Pa., president of the American Iris Society when the garden was started and author of [not legible] article about the garden in the current issue of the Journal of the New York Botanical Gardens.

Miss Halloway spoke briefly and [not legible] on the work of the [not legible] who care for the Iris Garden. She introduced Kenneth Smith, one of the largest contributors of plants to the garden [not legible]

Mrs. Lockwood presided at the program. Guests included members of [not legible] garden clubs and contributors to the garden.

The Iris Garden Committee includes Mrs. Morris E. Benton, Mrs. Alden de Hart, Mrs. Lockwood, Mrs. Donald E. Luce, Mrs. William K. Dunbar, Jr., Mrs. C. Northrop Pond, Mrs. Webster Sandford, Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold, Mrs. John R. Wells, Mrs. Willian G. Wigton, Mrs. Robert MacLeod, vice chairman, and Miss Halloway, chairman.

Special slides [not legible] for the chairman were Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, Jr., Mrs. F. Willoughby Frost ad Mrs. Edwin M. Treat, Jr.

Mrs. Victor M. King was chairman of the special committee assisted by Mrs. J. Harold Loizeaux, Mrs. E. B. Newberry, and Miss Margaret Tyler. Also cooperating were Mrs. N. C. Barnhart, Jr., Mrs. William P. Elliott, Mrs. Homer Cochran and Mrs. H. I. Flanders.

Hostesses (not legible)
Other hostesses were Mrs. William W. Coriell, Mrs. Leslie E. Fort, Mrs. William A. Holliday, Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, Mrs. Robert T. Stevens, Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler, Mrs. William S. Tyler. Mrs. Thomas Van Boskerck and Mrs. Orville G. Waring.

The Iris Garden now has more than 1,800 named varieties properly labeled, representing all types of Iris and totaling more than 75,000 plants.

The main part of the garden is [not legible] caring Iris [not legible] and is expected to be is good blooms thorugh the rest of the month.

Award to Garden Club Result of Hard Work

Award to Garden Club Result of Hard Work
circa 1958 - 1960

by Mrs. William P. Elliott
(Exhibitions Chairman)
Plainfield Garden Club

The second prize awarded to the Plainfield Garden Club this week for te mosaic garden it staged at the International Flower Show in the New York Coliseum was not easily won. Our entry was the product of three months of concentrated effort.

Those who see our exhibit at the show, which opened Saturday and will remain open through Saturday, often ask: "How does one go about such a project."

This is how we did it. Our story starts with the arrival just before Christmas of the Garden Club of America's schedule of classes for the show. We studied it and decided to attempt an entry in the gardens class.

The requirements were: "Four competitive pool plantings, mosaic in design, Flowers and ground cover to be used. Flowers to be predominate. Color combinations, white-yellow, apricot, brown and green. Space approximately 10 feet by five feet. Free form shape. Plant material not to exceed two feet in height from the floor."

Committee Begins Work

As soon as our application was accepted, the committee I headed set to work. Our dedicated members were Mrs. F. Willoughby Frost, Mrs. Linden Stuart, Mrs. Alden de Hart, Mrs. Victor King, Mrs. Charles Detwiller and Mrs. Harry Brokaw Smith.

We conducted research in museums and libraries to find out everything possible about mosaics (both ancient and modern), their designs and techniques.

Trips to greenhouses followed. Our investigation of plant materials available caused us to travel many miles in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Incidentally, there are no finer people to deal with than the nurserymen we met.

The next stop involved our spending many hours with pencil and paper. Finally, we decided to use a design created by Mrs. Frost. Her inspiration was a picture of a mosaic walk in Alicante, Spain, which had been brought back by one of our members, Mrs. David Foster, who recently traveled there.

Mechanical Problems

We then put our "theories" into practice by working with sample plant materials on patterns cut to scale in order to determine the amounts of plant material required and the amount of real moss necessary to fill the given space. We also faced the mechanical problmes of "putting it together."

Then, followed the problem of transporting all our precious materials to the Coliseum March 3. Fortunately, we were able to find a wholesale florist in Scotch Plains who could provide a heated truck and a driver.

The morning of March 8 finally arrived, and with it the snow. What a blizzard that was! In spite of it all, however, our courageous driver collected and loaded the plants and other materials into the truck and set forth to battle the elements en route to the city. We are grateful to him for their safe arrival.

Meanwhile, our president, Mrs. Robert F. MacLeod, had braved the storm to drive to New York to receive our precious cargo upon its attival at the Coliseum. After her job was done, storm and traffic conditions made it impossible for her to return to Plainfield, and she had to spend the night with friends in the city.

Five of us left Plainfield at 7 a.m. the next day and, after a slow but safe drive, reached the Coliseum in time to take the final steps in our project. By 6 p.m. we were finished in more ways than one.

Award to Garden Club Result of Hard Work

1989 Annual Program Report

Our Christmas tea was held at the home of Mrs. Webster Sandford. Her co-hostesses were Mrs. William Elliott, Mrs. Victor King and Mrs. John Tyler. The extremely talented Emily Brown and Janice Haer entertained us with a varied musical program entitled "A Folk Christmas." We exchanged gifts from hand and hearth.

1990 Annual Program Report

In March at Crescent Avenue Church, the Horticulture program featured our Mrs. John Madsen who gave a fascinating talk on the gardens of Elizabethan times including a history of our Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park. Mrs. Victor King, with the assistance of Mrs. John Tyler followed with a slide program showing lovely scenes and plants in the garden. The hostesses were Mrs. Susan Callendar and Mrs. Northrup Pond.

April 16, 1982 King, King and Goldsack

April 16, 1982 King, King and Goldsack

April 16, 1982 King, King and Goldsack

from the Corresponding Secretary file

postmark Dec 5 1995

from the Corresponding Secretary file

December 5, 1995

Dear Mrs. Burner,

Thank you very much for your letter of Nov 14th about the Garden Club's work in Cedarbrook Park's Shakespeare Garden.

Elizabeth very much appreciated the opportunity to help with that project, and enjoyed immensely the friends she made there.

That boxwood comes from a few springs my grandmother brought from a visit to Mt. Vernon.

[Not legible] phoned as I can be at your at your project.

[not legible]
Victor King

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Dear Elizabeth and Members of the Garden Club,

Thank you very much for all the support you put out in the effort all you (not legible) to help Elizabeth over (not legible) these awful (not legible) problems of the past year.

And the family (not legible) the Plainfield Garden Club was the most important outsicde family activity that Elizabeth was devoted to.

(not legible) to thank you.

Victor R. King

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

postmark 25 NOV 1991

From the Corresponding Secretary file

The Plainfield Garden Club

Dear Members –

My family and I send you this note of appreciation for your kind thoughts and for the memorial gift to the Redwoods Land Purchase memorial.

The activities of the Garden Club both here and outside of Plainfield were a great joy to Elizabeth. Gardens make good friends and garden clubbers have "made the difference."

We each appreciate the love you have expressed for our Elizabeth.

Yours – for all of us – Victor R. King

November 24/91

From the Corresponding Secretary file

postmark 9 NOV 1991

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

For: The Shakespeare Garden
In Memory of Elizabeth King
Jane and Gordon Craig

from the Corresponding Secretary file

postmark APR 16 1993

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

postmark MAR 16 1993

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Dear Evie

Now that Spring is here (3+days?) its time to carry (not legible) place.

Here is my check to help with your Shakespeare Planting this year.

I know Elizabeth would be right in there helping & (not legible) it will love to be there (not legible)


March 15/93

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report June 13, 1996

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report May 15, 1992

Corresponding Secretary 1991 - 1992

June 12, 1978

Plainfield Garden Club celebrates
50th Anniversary of Shakespeare Garden

PLAINFIELD - The Plainfield Garden Club, a member of The Garden Club of America, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of teh Shakespeare Garden at Cedarbrook Park on June 13. The Union County Park Commissioners and Mayor Paul O'Keeffe have been invited as special guests at the observance.

The Garden Club members, with the Union County Park's help and cooperation, have maintained the garden since it was established in 1928 by the Shakespeare Society of Plainfield and the Plainfield Garden Club.

The garden is composed exclusively of plants, herbs, trees, and shrubs, named in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Two years ago, the Plainfield Garden Club members designed and planted a knot garden which is a patterned or geometric design often found in English gardens. The knot garden is planted with gray and green santolina and the border is germander. On June 13, this garden will be dedicated in memory of Mrs. Hugh Gaston, a former member of the Plainfield Garden Club and devoted worker in the Shakespeare Garden for many years.

The Garden Club members not only have dedicated many hours a week planting and weeding in the Garden under the supervision of Mrs. Robert Hackman, Mrs. Arthur Seybold, and Mrs. Victor King, but also have made many donations to the Garden. In April, each member brought an authentic plant to the regular meeting, and Mrs. Edward Ladd III gave an English Hawthorne tree.

Mrs. Bruce Reid is restoring the markers for the plants which identify the quotes from Shakespeare that the plants are mentioned in.


. . . the Shakespeare Garden has been maintained by the club for 50 years

The Courier News July 7, 1977

Heat does not deter Plainfield Garden Clubbers

By Michael Shapiro

PLAINFIELD – It was a humid Wednesday morning in Cedar Brook Park. The sun was shielded by clouds, which appeared poised to shower upon the women busy at work in a manicured garden just off Randolph Road.

The women were members of the Plainfield Garden Club; the plot they were tending was the city's Shakespeare Garden. Wednesday was the day for mulching and the weather was not about to get in the way.

The club has been caring for the Shakespeare Garden for 50 years. members have homes to attend to and other concerns, but the garden is important to them. And so, about 15 came Wednesday in cutaways and blue tennis sneakers and big straw hats to protect them from the sun that barely appeared.

Wednesday mornings are reserved for the garden and will be until the cold weather comes and burlap is placed over the more perishable plants for winter.

The work this year is all the more difficult becasue the maintenance workers from Union County Park Commission have not been working for the past three weeks and last week officially went on strike.

Among the garden's brick-lined flower beds and along its borders are the 44 bits of foliage mentioned by Shakespeare in his works. Since the 44 species would hardly fill the garden, it also contains several hundred other plants and flowers that have been mentioned as having been grown in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

It seems tht the garden was originally intended by the Garden Club to be a small area tucked away in a corner of the park. The Union County Commission apparently thought the idea appealing enough to hire the Olmstead Brothers to create a design for the garden.

It was filled with ferns, flags, flax, pinks, peony, pomegranate and bushes called topiary, which are designed to be shaped. Those in the garden bear a strking resemblance to a hen.

People came to the garden to sit under the awning of trumpet vine twisted about the arbor and stroll along the paths beside the flower beds. Name tags were affixed to the plants and flowers, along with the Shakespearean quote in which each is mentioned. The tags have since been eliminated because they were taken too many times.

The garden has been more than just a spot for a walk or a place to have a chat or sit after lunch on a sunny day.

There have been, for example, a number of weddings in the garden over the years. Drama groups have performed such plays as "A Midsummer Night's Dream" alongside the garden, using it as a spot for an entrance.

Lately, however, the garden has fallen upon somewhat hard times. Club members say that vandals litter the grounds and destroy the plants. Bricks are pulled from the ground and chucked away and broken beer bottles have been seen lying alongside the garden's plaque.

One club member remembers coming to the garden a while back, seeing what the winter and vandals had done and feeling very upset.

"Last year when I came down, I just burst into tears," says Mrs. A. D. Seybold.

Most of the women involved with the work at the garden are not new to Plainfield, nor have they been denied the time or opportunity to tend gardens of their own. Like Mrs. Seybold, they prefer to be referred to by their husband's names.

They come to the garden very Wednesday, they say, because they care.

"There are still a few fighters left," says Mrs. Eric Pfefferkorn.

And when they speak about the garden, their words are laced with memories of the way things used to be.

They talk about a time when there were maintenance men, referred to by their first names, who kept the garden clean and neat.

"In the old days you would have them two times a week to clean up, " says Mrs. Victor King.

"You could really enjoy it because you didn't see any work involved, " says another club member.

"Most of us are so grubby we have to go home and take a shower or go home and work in our own gardens, " Mrs. Pfefferkorn says.

But then they all return the following Wednesay, because, after all, the garden always needs tending.

The Courier News July 7, 1977

Any Wednesday morning in non-winter months, Plainfield Garden Club members can be found weeding and planting at their Shakespeare Garden in Plainfield's Cedarbrook Park. Story on page A-8.

Shakespeare Garden 1982

East Perennial Garden

On the album page it is written "Barbara Sandford" however on the back of the photograph it is written "Elizabeth King"

February 23, 2011 – Members agree that the woman in the picture is Elizabeth King

Shakesperare Garden 1982

Back of Photo

Shakespeare Garden 1982

Shakespeare Garden September 1989

Elizabeth King – June Kenworthy – Hugh Gaston

Shakespeare Garden September 1989

Back of Photo

Shakespeare Garden September 1989

Evie Madsen and Elizabeth King

Shakespeare Garden September 1990

Back of Photo

Introduction in Rhyme of Skit for Garden Club Meeting May 1956 by Marge Elliott

Introduction in Rhyme of Skit for Garden Club Meeting May 1956 by Marge Elliott
To see the handwritten pages, see 1956 Archives


Imagine that you are our garden club
type here the powers that be
What things go on in a garden club
you'll be surprised to see

The cast are famous actresses
All brought at great expense
So please be kind to others, my friends
Lest they should take offense.

The President's name is Hazel
And its Lockwood thats for sure
She presides as "to-the-manner-born"
But her arrangements they are poor.

Elizabeth King of Programs She's
all fluttering, cooing and coy.
To find the right speaker for just the right day
Is her constant delight and her joy.

Page 2

Ways and Means Chairman is Shirley
Barnhart we're meaning of course
She's breathless, naive and appealing
But hasn't the sense of a horse.

Marrion Loizeaux is chairman
of membership looks la-de-da
But don't let that big hat delude you
She's a great one for making faux pas.

Fanny Day has charge of the minutes
Madame Secretary no less
But I must in confidence tell you
All her reports are a mess.

Hiely that's Polly the Treasurer
Does weird things to the books
She was never good at her figures
And so for the balance gad - zooks!

Hospitality chairman is Barbara
Sandford's the rest of her name
She's very smart but sarcastic
the "country tweed type" is this dame.

Conservation is Anne Marie Seybold
She is a lady who knows what is what
She has no time for the frivilous
In her ways she's terribly sot.

Alice Mooney our wonderful speaker
Rosa Bunda she has quite a past
And now you know all that you need to
about our illustrious cast.

So please let the music be quiet
I see the house lights are low
Put on the fools and the spotlights
All right curtain ready? Let's go

'Giggleswick' by Marjorie Blackman Elliott 1989

PGC Member Marjorie Blackman Elliott traces the history of the Mellick family and in particular PGC founding member Mrs. George P. (Ella Hartley) Mellick '15 and her well known estate, 'Giggleswick'

Mrs. Elliott thanks "Victor P. King" for his assistance with her project.

September 22, 1999 Meeting Minutes page 1

April 24 - May 30, 1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showhouse

Many PGC members were also members of the Muhlenberg Auxiliary that staged amazing designer homes in Plainfield in an effort to raise money for the hospital.

In 1988, the designer showcased home was Cedar Brook Farm which had also been the home of a PGC member, Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) MacLeod '55, PGC President 1958 - 1960

To see the progam and learn the history of the house, click these links:

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Cover to Page 25

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 26 to 50

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 51 to 75

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 76 to End

Plainfield Library Archives

April 27, 1956

25TH ANNIVERSARY – A dogwood tree commerating the 25th anniversary of Cornus Arboretum was planted yesterday in Cedar Brook Park by the Plainfield Garden Club. Ralph H. Carver, chief forester of the Union County Park Commission, is turning a spade of earth. Left to right are: Mrs. W. K. Dunbar Jr., horticulture chairman; Mrs. Georges J. His, chairman of the Cornus Arboretum Committee; Mrs. Robert T. Stevens, chairman of the 25th anniversary project and past chairman of the Cornus Arboretum Committee; Mrs. Victor R. King, retiring president; Miss Harriette R. Halloway, founder of the Cornus Arboretum who served as its chairman for eight yeras, and Mrs. Frederick Lockwood, incoming president. Mrs. Thomas VanBoskerck, one of the original committee members, is not shown here.

Plainfield Library Archives

Plainfield Library Archive


GARDEN CLUB TO HOLD FAIR – Mrs. Webster Sandford, special events chairman, sets marker for display of the Plainfield Garden Club Fair May 14-15 at Crescent and Park Aves. Looking on (left to right) are Mrs. Edward H. Ladd, windowbox arrangements; Mrs. H. I. Flanders, plant materical chairman; Mrs. Victor King, club president, and Mrs. Morris F. Benton, fair chairman.

1953 Check Book

No. 994
March 9, 1953
Elizabeth Dunbar
Tree labels for Conservation Com.

No. 995
March 20, 1953
Elizabeth King
R. R. 157-91
registration 50.00
baggage 10.00
Annual Meeting

No. 996
March 25, 1953
Stephen Collins
Transportation 3.00

1953 Check Book

No. 1051
Sept. 25, 1953
Garden Club of Allegheny
Co – registration for E. King & J. Stuart

No. 1052
Nov. 4, 1953
Palisades Nature Assoc.

No. 1053
Nov. 13, 1953
Interstate Printing
1000 cards – meeting ntoice
150 board meeting notices

1954 Check Book

No. 1066
Mar 17
Mrs. Albert Stillman
registration for annual meeting

No. 1067
Eliz. B. Dunbar
registration for zone meeting

No. 1068
Mrs. Victor King
Zone meeting $20.00
regis. ann mtg $50.00
railroad ticket - etc

1954 Check Book

No. 1108
June 4, 1954
Mrs. John E. Parson

No. 1109
June 14, 1954
Elizabeth King
expenses for moving flower show material

No. 1110
June 8, 1954
N. J. School of Conservation
(??? State Forest)
Scholarship for Mrs. Isabelle Agnew

1955 Check Book

No. 1141
Jan. 19. 1955
Alice Arawcey (?)
speaker & car fare to N.Y.

No. 1142
Jan. 19, 1955
Margaret L. Morrell
film & flash bulbs for camera – pictures of Xmas party decorations

No. 1143
Jan. 31. 1955
Elizabeth King
Registration for Annual Meeting

1955 Check Book

No. 1144
Jan. 31, 1955
Helen T. Mygatt
Registration for Annual Meeting

No. 1145
Feb. 16, 1955
John Giel

No. 1146
March 1, 1955
Elizabeth J. King
fare to Houston
Annual Meeting

1955 Check Book

No. 1171
Sept. 19, 1955
Garden Club of Wilmington
Zone Meeting Oct 26 & 27
(Mrs. Lockwood & Mrs. King)
registration fees

No. 1172
Sept. 19, 1955
The Palisades Nature Assoc.
membership dues Oct 1. '55 - Oct. 1 '56

No. 1173
Mrs. Chester Cook
Lecture fee $75
mileage fee – Boston to Plainfield & return 495 mi. at .07 per mi. $34.65

1955 Check Book

No. 1174
October 5, 1955
Interstate Printing Corp.
100 program folders 19.95
2 half tones 13.97

No. 1175
October 17, 1955
Elizabeth J. King
1 registration fee –
Zone Meeting – Wilmington
Oct. 26 - 27

No. 1176
October 19, 1955
Lois W. Poinier
lecture fee

1957 Check Book

No. 1263
May 13, 1957
Elizabeth J. King
N. Y. Flower Show

1958 Check Book

No. 1338
Dec. 29, 1958
Elizabeth King

1950 Check Book

No. 853
Nov. 8, 1950
Dorothy de Hart
poster board, rubber cement
"Open Houses"

No. 854
Nov. 8, 1950
Elizabeth King
Open Houses
poster board, cord & seals
and sherer ? signs

No. 855
Nov. 8, 1950
The Mansard Inn
"Open Houses"

1951 Check Book

No. 892
Mar. 30, 1951
Elizabeth King
expenses paid for N. Y.
Flower Show (Pan Jou ? front)

No. 893
Mar. 30, 1951
Garden Club of America
Founders Fund for 1950 - 51

No. 894
May 15, 1951
Palisades Nature Assoc.

2000 January thru June General Meeting Minutes and Sign-in Attendance

1995 September thru December Board Meeting Minutes

January 2, 2012 Victor R. King's law partner, John Goldsack, passes away

1909 Plainfield City Directory

King Abram, ins agt, h 103 Duer, N P
King Albert J, engineer, H 11 The Madison
King Avery, waiter, 62 W 4th
King Charles W, banker, h 911 Watchung av
King Christopher, engineer, h 330 E 4th
King David W, ins agt, h 27 Craig pl, N P
King John, engineer, h 319 Netherwood av
King John J, molder, h 665 W 4th
King Oliver R, M D, h 1003 Putnam av
King Thomas H, laborer, h 618 W 3d

Mrs. King

1991 - 1992

Elizabeth Jones King, 79, a summer resident of Center Sandwich since 1958, died October 13, 1991, in Plainfield, N.J.

Mrs. King was the wife of Victor R. King, the mother of Victor E. D. King and the sister of Helena Jones de Hoff. Grandchildren are Elizabeth V. King and Victor A. King.

Born in Washington, D. C., she graduated from St. Catherine's in Richmond, Va., and Radcliffe College.

Locally, Mrs. King was an active volunteer in several N. H. Music Festival auctions and contributed Sandwich-crafted items for the sales. Arriving here in the early 1950's, she was introduced to the area by the late Ida W. Pritchett and Marjorie Thompson of Wentworth Hill.

Mrs. King and her husband acquired the old Hoyt farm and later occupied the Pritchett-Thompson place, inherited from the two ladies. Elizabeth was a talented artist and rug hooking and decoupage. Joining in the common practice of sharing perennials, she developed several attractive gardens around her home.

Elizabeth Jones King


1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

May 21, 1954

April 16, 1954



Caption: GARDEN CLUB GIFT – Mrs. Albert L. Stillman, chairman of the Shakespeare committee of the Plainfield Garden Club, places identification card on English hawthorne in Cedar Brook Park. Watching, left to right, are: Mrs. Morris S. Benton, Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd and Mrs. C. Sidney Trewin, club members. (Coronet, Photo by E. T. Wiggins)

100 Attend Open House at Shakespeare Garden

About 100 persons attended an informal tour of the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park yesterday afternoon. The outdoors open house marked the 30th anniversary of the garden, one of about a dozen in the United States.

Mrs. Robert F. MacLeod of 11 Brook Lane, president of the Plainfield Garden Club, and members of the club's Shakespeare committee, headed by Mrs. Albert L. Stillman of 73 Leland Ave., described to visitors the 100-odd varieties of plants and shrubs in the garden.

The Garden Club, the Shakespeare Club and the Union County Park Commission established the garden 30 years ago. It now consists of 17 beds and two long borders in a park area of about 150 by 40 feet, located off Randolph Rd.

The ideas was to include all the plants and shrubs – there are 44 of them, Mrs. Stillman said – mentioned by Shakespeare in his plays and sonnets.

Other Plants Included

But the garden was so large, Mrs. Stillman said, that it was agreed upon to include other plant varieties in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

All of the 44 varieties mentioned in the bard's works are labeled by markers, which include the particular Shakespearean quotations referring to them.

The garden was laid out 30 years ago by a landscape architect from Olmsted Brothers of Boston. The Garden Club and the Park Commission split the cost. The garden is cared for by a Park Commission gardener, and supplemental work is done by the Garden Club's Shakespeare committee.

Mrs. Samuel T. Carter Jr. of 940 Woodland Ave., the club's first Shakespeare committee chairman was unable to attend the outdoors open house yesterday.

Termed "Second Finest"

Mrs. Carter, author of the book, "Shakespeare Gardens," has termed the Plainfield garden the second finest in the nation. She has said top honors belong to a Shakespeare garden in Rockefeller Park in Cleveland, Ohio. Established in 1915, the Cleveland garden was one of the first to be planted in the United States.

Mrs. Stillman said Shakespeare gardens bring together flowers grown in England in one period of garden history from being lost to U.S. gardens. The projects also add beauty to public parks and provide a place where Shakespeare poetry is illustrated with living plants and shrubs.

Mrs. Stillman's Shakespeare committee includes Mrs. Morris F. Benton, Mrs. C. Sidney Trewin, Mrs. Victor R. King, Mrs. William P. Elliott and Mrs. George J. His.

Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd, horticultural chairman of the club, was also among those who pointed out features of the garden to guests.

The hospitality committee included Mrs. Henry DeForest, Mrs. Benton, Mrs. Ladd, Mrs. His and Mrs. King.

Punch was served by Mrs. William P. Elliott, Mrs. Trewin and Mrs. His.

May 21, 1959

Saturday, April 29, 1961

City Garden Club Planning Tour

The Plainfield Garden Club is holding a tour of members' gardens, for members only, from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday with Wednesday the rain date. Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart is general chairman of the tour and Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick is vice chairman.

Hostesses who will open their gardens for the tour are: Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, 1215 Prospect Ave.; Mrs. Harry Brokaw Smith, 676 W. Eighth St.; Mrs. William P. Elliott, 822 Arlington Ave.; Miss Elsie Harmon, 437 Randolph Rd.; and Mrs. James H. Whitehead, 1340 Watchung Ave.

Thursday, May 5, 1961 Spring's Beauty Displayed on Tour of 6 Gardens

by Jill Koehler

Small gardens are oases from heat-reflecting streets and traffic's din. They're as individual as the people who plan and lovingly nurture them.

That was evident yesterday in the Plainfield Garden Club's tour, for members and their guests, of six members' gardens.

Hostesses in their gardens were: Mrs. Harry Brokaw Smith, 676 W. Eighth St.; Mrs. Victor R. King, 826 Arlington Ave.; Mrs. William P. Elliott, 822 Arlington Ave., Miss Elsie Harman, 437 Randolph Rd.; Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, 1215 Prospect Ave.; and Mrs. James H. Whitehead, 1340 Watchung Ave.

Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart, Jr. was general chairman and Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick, vice chairman. Mrs. F. Gregg Burger was in charge of publicity.

Covers 3/4 of Acre

The Smith property, which include the horticultural interests of both Mr. and Mrs. Smith, is a series of gardens covering three-quarters of an acre. These contain plantings of ornamental trees, flowering shrubs, bulbs, perennials and a few annuals.

Winding through a small woodland of wild flowers and shrubs is an Enoch's walk, named from the verse about the patriarch in Genesis.

Standing watch over a patterned medieval herb garden is a statue of Fiacre, after whom the first cabs in Paris were named. While surrounded by a rock garden is a rustic pool a-glitter with its whippet swimming goldfish.

Among the hundreds of interesting plantings is: A Swiss mountain pine more than 25 years old that stands less than a foot high; the hinoki cypress that grows just two or three inches a year; Mediterranean heather that blooms all Winter; enkianthus, the bellflower tree with blooms shaped like small Dutchman's pipes.

15-foot Holly

Now a majestic 15-feet is the English holly, "Olive Smith," a seedling raised by Mr. Smith. Just before reaching the shaded walk is a wide swath of grass centered by a huge apple tree with its arms reaching to the birds and sky.

Surrounding the King garden on three sides is a French chestnut fence that is planted with 11 varieties of clematis.

Heavily shaded in most areas by large maples, white birches and dogwood, the basic planting is evergreen interspersed with such plantings as rhododendron, azalea, cherry laurel, yew, andromeda and recently, as an expedient, three camellia japonica from Oregon.

Early flowering Spring tulips still nod their heads in greeting. White primrose pertly face up at the edges of some beds and gerrymander edges the rose bed in the only sunny spot.

Herb Garden

Planted in the protection of the house is the herb garden which includes sweet woodruff, the herb used by the Germans to make May wine.

Green plantings for shade, enhanced by the use of brick and ironwork, are the features of the Elliott garden.

A lead figure of a young girl called "Growing Things" stands near a pink wall of brick and stucco. The wall is a backdrop for the Fashion roses whose blooms will soon blend with the pink.

Once a glaring white, a mauve colored garage wall now sets a peaceful tone as it catches the shadows of fluttering leaves and is reflected in the pool in front of it.

Ironwork grilles on the pink wall were once horse stall dividers. A grille over the garage window was once a gate an ironwork snow eagles on the edge of the garage roof are from an old Pennsylvania house.

Additions this year include a brick walk to the gate-enclosed compost heap; the steel curbing in the driveway where new plantings have replaced three overgrown cedar trees.

Other Plantings

Among the many plantings are Delaware Valley azaleas, magnolia and flowering cherry trees, skimmer, cotoneaster, jasmine and clematis.

Visitors to Miss Harman's garden first viewed it as they stepped from living room to terrace. To the right of the terrace is the cryptomeria tree, a native of Japan, that could well be an inspiration to an artist. The texture of its bark is of particular beauty and the branching of its arms is unusual.

The large expanse of lawn is gracefully framed by a border of ten varieties of shrubs. Another tree of note is the pine oak, while dogwoods gently branch out over pink and violet tulips.

The path follows a series of "rounds" from an old millstone at the foot of the terrace steps; to a sundial, more than 100 years old, from an English estate; to the Moon Gate with spider web at the end of the garden.

Sandstone Birdbath

Near the terrace is the figure of "Dancing Girl" and an old Jersey sandstone birdbath, probably originally used as a horse trough.

The Lawton garden 60 by 176 feet, contains 48 trees, 94 shrubs, 10 climbing and 22 shrub roses and 102 kinds of herbaceous perennials, not including those in the rock garden.

Stretching its branches gracefully and colorfully is a generous sized crabapple tree that casts comfortable shadows over Summer luncheon spot of the Lawtons.

Fitting in decorously among the many trees is an unusual and Slimly Tall Japanese cherry tree. A silver bell tree over the pool still drinks in refreshing rain for its promised future bloom. While nearby the wild crocus blossomed and sang farewell in March.

Many of the late arriving jonquils still spread their petals wide and the dainty blue flowers of the anchusa dot the ground here and there.

A lush growth of myrtle grown from a few shoots from the garden of Mrs. Lawton's great-grandmother, covers the driveway bank.

Formal Garden

The Whitehead garden of 75 by 200 feet gives one a vista of the more formal English type garden. Designed and maintained by her, until recently, it opens to box hedged rose beds flanking the garden walk.

It is a garden of serenity, a Spring garden with bulbs, anchusa and bleeding hearts followed by white azaleas, lilacs, peonies and pink and white hawthorne trees.

In June the roses will give a delightful contrast to the verdant rich carpet of grass and in the Summer it will become a cool and shady spot.

To the visitor there is the pleasant surprise of a garden within a garden on a right angle at the rear. Focal point of this banked garden, framed with shrubs and flowers, is its pool with a fountain statue.

Thursday, May 5, 1961 Spring's Beauty Displayed on Tour of 6 Gardens

Left to right: Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart Jr, Mrs. Victor R. King, Mrs. F. Gregg Burger and Mrs. Elliott.

Thursday, May 5, 1961 Spring's Beauty Displayed on Tour of 6 Gardens

Thursday, May 5, 1961 Spring's Beauty Displayed on Tour of 6 Gardens

Thursday, May 5, 1961 Spring's Beauty Displayed on Tour of 6 Gardens

Thursday, May 5, 1961 Spring's Beauty Displayed on Tour of 6 Gardens

1961 Mrs. King

Thursday, December 17, 1964 The Courier News

Plainfield Garden Club Meets in Lee House, Scotch Plains

The Plainfield Garden Club was entertained yesterday in historic Lee House, home of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Elliott at 11 Black Birch Rd., Scotch Plains.

Two new members were welcomed by Mrs. Wayne J. Holman, president. Co-hostesses were Mrs. Victor King and Mrs. James R. Bird.

Mrs. Bird introduced the program of readings on "The Symbols and Legends of Christmas" given by Mrs. A. D. Seybold and Mrs. King. As the symbols were describe, they were displayed b Mrs. Benson Wigton Jr.

A letter of congratulations from Mayor Robert C. Maddox to the club member Mrs. Alden DeHart has received a state award in the "Green Thumb Competition" of the New Jersey Tercentenary Commission for her work as chairman of the grounds committee of Drake House.

A member of the Plainfield Historical Society, she supervised outdoor plantain at the museum with funds for the planting donated by the Plainfield Garden Club. She also was awarded a special rose bush which will be planted at Drake House in her name in the spring.

Presiding at the tea table were Mrs. Holman, Mrs. William S. Tyler, Mrs. Webster Sandford, Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart, Mrs. J. Harold Loizeaux and Mrs. Charles H. Detwiller.

Thursday, December 17, 1964 The Courier News

The Courier-News
Plainfield, N. J., Thursday, December 17, 1964

Garden Club Entertained at Historic Lee House

(Club Member)

The Plainfield Garden Club was entertained yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. William P. Elliott in the historic Lee House, located at 11 Black Birch Rd., Scotch Plains.

The ghosts of the historic homestead must be rattling their skeletons with joy this Christmas season because at last, through the efforts of the owners, the house has achieved the charm and beauty it deserves.

The guests stepped over the threshold to a scene of great charm. In the center hall stood a Christmas tree on which members hung gifts of candy, wrapped as ornaments. Later the gifts were taken to Lyons Veterans Hospital where for many years the club has contributed greens and gifts at Christmas.

The president, Mrs. Wayne J. Holman, conducted the meeting and welcomed two new members. The hostess, a member of the club, was assisted by Mrs. Victor King and Mrs. James R. Bird.

Stormy History
A varied and sometimes stormy history has characterized Lee House since 1725, when the original small structure was built at the corner of Cooper and Terrill Rds., by the Lee family. During the Revolutionary War, the house was on the line of march of both British and Colonial armies, and many a tired soldier warmed his feet at its open fires.

The little house was moved to Raritan Rd. in 1828, to be joined to another farmhouse built in 1750 by Moses Frazee. One hundred thirty-five years later, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott had the house moved to its present location. Barns and other small buildings were moved also, and now are grouped around Lee House in companionable symmetry.

The Elliotts have added a wing to the house and restored the old brick and stone, the ceiling beams and original floor boards to keep it authentic Early American home.

The program was announced by Mrs. Bird. Readings on "The Symbols and Legends of Christmas" were given by Mrs. A. D. Seybold and Mrs. King, with incidental music played on the harp b 12-year old Joyce Heiman. As the symbols were described, they were displayed by Mrs. Benson Wigton Jr.

The first of the symbols, an "Advent Wreath," was made of evergreens with four white candles, which are traditionally lighted one at a time on each of the four Sundays during the Advent Season.

Gold Angel
A gold angel brought from Oberammergau, Germany by Mrs. Seybold, was displayed as the second symbol. The reading explained that angels are used throughout the world in forms varying from rough clay figures to the finest of wood carvings and porcelains.

Among symbolic Christmas greens are holly, ivy and mistletoe. Long ago it was thought that holly was the man's plant, ivy the woman's and the one brought into the house first indicated which sex would rule the house that year.

Bells, used to proclaim the joyful tidings, were shown and that beloved yuletide symbol, the Christmas Tree. According to one story, Martin Luther in 1528 cut down a small evergreen tree and carried it into his house, where he fastened candles to the branches and lighted them to share with his family the wonders of the Christmas sky.

A beautiful creche was shown as the most holy and revered symbol. The program ended with angelic tones of the harm and the beloved Christmas blessing, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Afterwards guests adjourned to the dining room to exchange greetings before the centuries old fireplace. The tea table was decorated with brilliant red poinsettia massed in an old brass milk pan. Brass candlesticks and an antique samovar, from which coffee was served, completed the picture of early American hospitality.

Presiding at the tea table at intervals were Mrs. Wayne J. Holman, Mrs. William S. Tyler, Mrs. Webster Sandford, Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart, Mrs. J. Harold Loizeaux and Mrs. Charles H. Detwiller Jr.

Friday, April 30, 1965 Plainfield Woman Acclaimed For Conservation Activities

Caption: CITED FOR HER EFFORTS – Mrs. Garret Smith of Plainfield was cited for her many years of conservation work by the New Jersey Park and Recreation Association last night in Elizabeth. Citation is presented by Mrs. John M. Mackie of Summit, second from left, Mrs. Smith's sponsor for the award, while state Commissioner of Conservation and Economic Development Robert A. Roe, left, and association President F. S. Mathewson of Plainfield look on

Plainfield Woman Acclaimed For Conservation Activities

Elizabeth – Mrs. Garret Smith of 132 Crescent Ave., Plainfield, was honored last night by the New Jersey Park and Recreation Association for the many years she has devoted to conservation.

Mrs. Smith, who received a plaque at a dinner in the Winfield Scott Hotel, was cited as "a conservationist, horticulturalist, civic worker, and speaker."

She has give most of her 89 years, the citation read, "to making this world a better place in which to live by planting trees, plans and flowers and strenuously urging others to do likewise."

Speaking at the program were Robert A. Roe, New Jersey commissioner of conservation and economic development, and John T. Cunningham, author, lecturer and conservationist.

Active With Groups
Mrs. Smith was commended for the following activities: as a long time member of the Plainfield Shade Tree Commission, the only woman to serve on the board of directors of the N. J. Federation of Shade Tree Commissions, members of the Plainfield Garden Club, Garden Club of New Jersey, Garden Club of America, charter member of the Union County Association of Shade Tree Commissioners, originator and life honorary president of the Little Garden Club of New York City, and a member of the N. J. Association of Certified Tree Experts.

"She was an originator and leader in a national movement to beautify and advance the utilitarian use of church grounds," the citation continued, "and has been a strong and articulate advocate of parks, large and small, especially neighborhood parks, and has proposed and helped create parks in her own city."

2 Get Citations
Citations were also presented to W. Richmond Tracy of Summit, retired engineer and secretary of the Union County Park Commission, and to Mrs. Robert L. Loyd, of Morristown, a member of the Morris County Park Commission and leader in the Great Swamp project.

Roe said he favors Senate Bill 234, which could elevate the Bureaus of Parks, Forestry and Recreation to division status.

He notes the "vital concern" his department has in the state's present water shortage, commended the Green Acres program and expressed concern about a proposed state budget provision which would cut $5 million from a fund to help local and state agencies construct sewer facilities.

Cunningham, speaking on "Saving New Jersey's Best," stressed the urgency for preserving open spaces in the state. This land is vitally needed for conservation and recreation, he said. He indicated real estate industrial developments along with various other agencies are ?? to take this land an ? for the purposed other than?? for which it was intended.

F. S. Mathewson of Plainfield was re-elected President of the N. J. Park and Recreation Association. ?? those re-elected to the?? committee were ??? Feiring of Watchung, ??? Victor R. King of Plainfield, and J. Harold Loizeaux of Scotch Plains.

Friday, April 30, 1965 Plainfield Woman Acclaimed For Conservation Activities

Taken Friday April 27, 1956

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

Tea to Honor Pioneer in Planting of Dogwood

Almost as though it had the power of imagination, the dogwood in Cornus (Dogwood) Dr., Cedar Brook Park, is expected to reach its annual stage of flowering beauty this week.

For tomorrow, at 4 p.m., members of the Plainfield Garden Club and its Cornus Arboretum Committee will hold a tea and reception to honor two pioneers in the 25-year-ago development of what has become the most outstanding horticultural display in this section of the country.

They are Mrs. Thomas van Boskerck and Miss Harriette R. Halloway and the tribute will be paid to them in the Field House of Cedar Brook Park, with Mrs. Robert T. Stevens acting as chairman, assisted by Mrs. Georges J. His and Mrs. William K. Dunbar Jr.

Commission Cooperated

Mrs. Van Boskerck suggested the planting of a vacant space in Cedar Brook park – then under development – with dogwood, in 1931, a suggestion which aroused immediately the interest of the Garden Club members. Support came from Miss Halloway and the then club president, Mrs. Henry Wells. Cooperation of the Union County Park Commission was obtained.

In 1940, plans were made for an extended planting, with Mrs. William A. Holliday and Mrs. William Tyler as co-chairmen. They approached the Park Commission and that body furnished a large boulder and suitable tablet for the drive entrance.

The 1931 planting had included 78 white and 17 pink dogwoods. In 1940, another 110 were added, on both sides of the drive. The Park Commission added a background of evergreens to make the setting even more attractive.

Plantings Expanded

The suggestion of W. R. Tracey of the commission led, in 1946, to further expansion of the plantings into a full arboretum. In its development, the advice and cooperation of Ralph H. Carver of the commission, was an important factor.

There are now 45 varieties of dogwood in the Arboretum, and some young trees are grown to add to the arboretum in the commission's nurseries. So extensive was the local display grown that it now is necessary to exchange with other arboretums in the nations, since the average nursery no longer has the capacity to supply rare and beautiful varieties.

By request, articles on the Cedar Brook Arboretum have been written for the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America and the Bulletin of the Arboretum organization in Seattle, Wash.

Dr. Donald Wyman, head of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., has listed the Cedar Brook plantings in his authoritative "Arboretums and Botanical Gardens of America," a unique distinction.

One rare species is the "Cornus Nuttalli," native of the West Coast from British Columbia to Seattle, Wash. Told that it had once held a single bloom here, Dr. Wyman was astounded.

This year, the rare tree, planted by Miss Halloway, has nine buds.

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

Ralph H. Carver, Mrs. William K. Dunbar Jr., Mrs. Georges Jean His, Mrs. Victor R. King, Mrs. Robert T. Stevens, Miss Harriette Halloway and Mrs. Frederick Lockwood

1990 Application for the GCA Zone IV Historic Preservation Award: Marge Eillott

1990 Application for the GCA Zone IV Historic Preservation Award: Marge Elliott

April 7, 1984 "Belles and Beaux" Scotch Plains Tercentennial Fashion Show & Luncheon

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

1987 Correspondence and Documents from the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford

This is just a small sampling of meeting minutes, correspondence and notes from the memorabilia of Barbara Tracy Sandford. Barbara was the Garden Club of American Zone IV (NJ) Director in 1987. 1987 is the same year Zone IV hosted the Annual Meeting of the Garden Club of America.

Also mentioned assisting with the planning and execution of the Annual Meeting are PGC Members: Kroll, Hackman, Hunziker, Fitzpatrick, Reid, Vivian, Madsen, Booth, Tyler and King.

1987 Documents From the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford

November 3, 2013

The Garden History & Design subjects in Plainfield seem almost without limit. Thursday's foray into the Library archives has turned up a documented 1961 Garden tour of 6 outstanding Plainfield gardens:

1. 1215 Prospect Avenue
– featured a rock garden and the PGC member was a member of the American Rock Garden Society. " . . . the garden 60 by 176 feet, contains 48 trees, 94 shrubs, 10 climbing and 22 shrub roses and 102 kinds of herbaceous perennials, not including those in the rock garden."

2. 676 West Eighth Street
– featured an Enoch's Walk (!); a statue of Fiacre (Irish monk and patron saint of Parisian cabs (!!); and a "patterned" Medieval herb garden. This PGC member was a national award-winner and noted member of the American Herb Society.

3. 822 Arlington
– featured brick and ironwork; lead figure of a young girl called "Growing Things" with roses growing around; a pink wall with iron grilles once used as horse stall dividers from the carriage house.

4. 826 Arlington
– featured a "French Chestnut Fence" planted with 11 varieties of Clematis.

5. 437 Randolph Road
– featured a Cryptomeria off the terrace, a millstone and a 100 year-old sundial from England.

6. 1340 Watchung Avenue
– featured a formal English garden with Boxwood hedges and Roses

Jenny Rose Carey advised us all in October of the importance of going back to these gardens and photographing possible remnants. What, if anything, do you think remains from '61?

PS. What did that "French Chestnut Fence" look like . . . probably something along these lines, click here.

June 6, 1992 Historical Society of Plainfield Secret Gardens Tour

June 6, 1992 Historical Society of Plainfield Secret Gardens Tour

1. Drake House
2. Shakespeare Garden
3. Victorian Hideaway, 935 Madison Avenue

4. Holly, Box and Ivy, 836 Arlington Avenue
King, Mrs. Victor R. (Elizabeth J.) '48

Back in 1875, when farmland was fast giving way to suburban residential lots, three town houses were erected across the way from Library Park on speculation. The builder specified identical interior plans, with facades reflecting the wonderful variety of 19th century architecture. The Victorian Eclectic home in the middle of the row, now painted in authentic tones of camel, cream and evergreen to blend with its surroundings, conceals a tranquil garden behind its stalwart presence.

Cascades of climbing hydrangea along the driveway fence mark passage to a shady, hidden garden. Pass under the rustic ivy arbor entwined with roses to a fish pond sheltered under silvery, gray birch – and the garden is revealed. An amazing wealth of plant material is tucked into this tiny Eden. Brick-edged beds overflow with plants both familiar and unfamiliar, among them astilbe, cone flower, Solomon's Seal, autumn flowering crocus and strawberry begonia. Girding a compact lawn – spangled in spring with the gold of winter aconite and the blue of ajuga – Olive Smith holly, viburnum, mahonia and jasmine contribute verticle interest to the verdant horizontal plane. Clematis montana trails across the yew and prunus lifts dainty blossoms against the boundary fence, leading the eye to a beautiful hornbeam tree in the yard beyond. Here and there, escapees from established beds have seeded themselves willy-nilly, adding to the casual charm. Hemlock tower over all, libed to allow more light to reach the growth below.

Boxwood and andromeda, rhododendron and azalea weave their way throughout the garden and foundation plantings. You'll never note the lack 'midst all the greenery, but a number of robust boxwood left the garden in early May to form the nucleus of new plantings at the Drake House. We're delighted to share the bounty from one of Plainfield's most cherished secret gardens.

At sundown, labors done, slip away to a private corner near the rock garden to await the first fireflies of a summer evening. The garden is at peace, lulled by the gentle trickle of the fountains, the last sleepy chitter of birds gone to rest.

5. Green-Wreathed Carriage House, 825 Carlton Avenue
Lare, Mrs. William Sloane (Dorothy) '54

This is the Carriage House to 1127 Watchung Avenue
Ginna, Mrs. Daniel F. (Katherine Whiting Lewis) '15

6. England Revisited, 922 Hillside Avenue
Atterbury, Mrs. Albert Hoffman (Emma H. Baker) '15

7. Hillside in Bloom, 1314 Highland Avenue
Noss, Mrs. Henry (Edith Edwards Tyler) '66

8. Elegant Serenity, 1332 Prospect Avenue
Van Boskerck, Mrs. Thomas Rowe (Lucy Otterson) '15

9. Hidden Harmony, 1401 Chetwynd Avenue

10. Petals on the Paving, 1081 Rahway Road
Barlow, Mrs. DeWitt Dukes (Mary Lee Brewer), Jr. '65

11. Woodland Idyll, 1275 Denmark Road
Sandford, Mrs. Webster (Barbara Tracy) '50

Plainfield Historical Society Memorabilia From the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford

This is a sampling of materials saved by Barbara Sandford in her "Plainfield Historical Society" file.

Plainfield Historical Society Memorabilia

Index (73 pages)

Giggleswick by Marjorie Blackman Elliott, 1989

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1989-1990 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Cocktail party circa 1984

18 photographs were taken from negatives found, unmarked, at the Plainfield Library March 22, 2013.

Martie Samek was instrumental in helping to identify many of the attendees. Location unknown as well as date.

Jack Roome on left with wife Dodie in pink. Ned King (Victor...son of Elizabeth King) speaking to Betty Fitzpatrick. Ned's former wife, Ysmina, has her back to the photographer.

The party was held at the home of Mrs. Reid:

Reid, Mrs. Bruce A. (Beverly Paulson or "Bev") '61, President 1981 - 1984 on Clarke's Lane in Scotch Plains. The Garden was documented for the Smithsonian by the Club in 1999.

1988-1989 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Club History by Anne Marie v. G. Seybold

1984-1985 History of the Plainfield Garden Club by Anne Marie v. G. Seybold


Then in March, 1966 came a very special event. Designed by Mrs. William Elliott with the assistance of Mmes. Wayne Holman, Victor King, Alex Kroll, Edgar Davis, Richard Sheble, Bruce Reid and Benson Wigton, the "Back Yard Garden" captured the first prize for the Club at the International Flower Show at the Coliseum in New York City.

Ways and Means

In 1982 the Executive Board chose a "Rosemary Topiary" for the Club's official logo, adapted from an original drawing by Alex Seidel, staff artist for Steuben Glass. After considerable work done by Mrs. Bruce Reid, assisted by Mrs. A. D. Seybold and with the professional advice of Mr. Victor R. King, the Club became incorporated in March, 1983

1987-1988 Annual Report


1995-1996 Annual Report

1949-1950 Program

This small brochure was found in the bottom of a box belonging to Barbara Tracy Sandford '50. 12/22/13

1949-1950 Program

Victor R. King with Barbara Sandford

Philadelphia 1993

Victor R. King

1993 Philadelphia

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership