Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Hackman, Mrs. Robert K. (Elizabeth or "Betty" Reppert) '70

address: 3 Greenock, North Plainfield, NJ 07060

1973 Address: 3 Greenock Ave, North Plainfield

In 2004, Betty changed her membership status to "Affiliate" and moved to 402 Heron Point, Chestertown, MD

In 2006, Betty has awarded an Honorary Membership of The Plainfield Garden Club

Betty passed away early in 2009

Betty and Bob Hackman

Photo not dated

Betty in the Background at Shakespeare in Bloom

Wigtons are in front

January 21, 1998 The Plainfield Garden Club

photo taken at Orange Lawn Club at a joint meeting with Garden Club of the Oranges. This photo was later used as a brunch invitation.

Betty Hackman

Betty and Evie Plant a Tree

Betty Hackman and Evie Madsen plant a tree at the Shakespeare Garden, Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield

Betty's Part of the Garden

Betty worked long hours on the "knot garden" or the "sundial garden" or the "rectangle" This section of the garden is now fondly refered to as "Betty's Garden" and it has never looked this good again.

Betty lovingly twined the clematis around the original column. She fretted and fussed and trimmed the teucrim hedge as it is not particularly hardy to New Jersey. It has since been replaced (see 2010)

The pinks or dianthus were planted in the center after Betty approached Ramona Ferguson and Susan Fraser to ask them what would they recommend. Ramona suggested the very-Shakespearan dianthus and Betty was delighted.

Photo 2002 - 2003

January 2003

Betty and Sally Booth make terrariums

May 27, 2003 Plainfield High School

Dedication of the atrium garden

Betty on the left, an unknown person and Mary Kent

June 2003

One of the last photos we have of Betty. Here she sits at the annual June meeting in her garden – The Shakespeare Garden.

In this photo Betty is carefully folding the iconic green aprons that are stenciled with the club's signature topiary. Betty was "in charge" of these aprons and would launder, iron, carefully fold and place on hangers each and every time we would wear them.

November 2003

Betty and friends make wreaths at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield

Betty standing in the Shakespeare Garden

Betty Hackman and Nina Weil (on right)

Betty was known for mailing little handwritten notes to members thanking them for their contributions to the PGC.

Betty Hackman

Betty makes a tussy mussy

Photo not dated, by Jeanne Turner

Newsletter: January 1999 page 1

Newsletter: January 1999 page 2

Newsletter: February 1999

Newsletter: April 1999

Newsletter: April 1999 page two

Newsletter: June 1999

Newsletter: November 1999

Newsletter: January 2000

Newsletter: June 2000

Newsletter: September 2000

January 21, 2010 Jeanne Turner's Tribute to Evie Madsen, Betty Hackman and Nancy Kroll Gordon

January 21, 2010 Jeanne Turner's Tribute to Evie, Betty & Nancy
There in Spiritˇ
In Bon Appetit (August 2009), Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Fairchild, reviews the film Julie & Julia. She says of Julia Child, somehow, though, I like to think that she was there in spirit and that her curiosity, passion and determination forged a life that influenced [others].

The Plainfield Garden Club lost three precious long-time members in 2009. They were similarly ˇnfluential icons for our Club. We miss their friendship, hard work, and dedication to our unique Shakespeare Garden and to the Plainfield Garden Club.

In the spring, while working in the garden, our President, Phyllis Alexander, said Evelyn Madsen was there in Spirit! We had just worked in that part of the garden where Evie was often seen faithfully working. If you needed to find her, she was usually there. She had been Chairman of the Garden for many years. Her wonderful tours included many quotes from Shakespeare as she identified both the bloom and the Bard's writings about it.

Betty Hackman, our perfectionist, would trim the topiary birds, make perfect wreaths and often receive first in flower shows. She was a mentor who shared her expertise and vast knowledge freely. Betty was always willing to lend her containers and perfectly appropriate garden and floral ideas. She is sorely missed.

Though Nancy Kroll Gordon, moved away a few years ago, she is fondly remembered for her friendly persona, talent in flower arranging and gardening. She and Betty Hackman were members of the GCA House Committee for many years. They enjoyed making flower arrangements to decorate the GCA headquarters in New York.

These three exceptional Plainfield Garden Club members indeed continue to be There in Spirit.

Respectfully submitted,
Jeanne Turner

PGC Membership Years:
Mrs. John Madsen '70
Mrs. Robert K. Hackman '70
Mrs. Prince H. Gordon (Nancy Kroll) '60.

December 7, 2002 Crescent Christmas Affair

This was filed under "Betty Hackman" as the event was organized by Betty.

March 20, 2006 President Kathy Andrews Nominates Betty Hackman to Honorary Membership

March 20, 2006

Dear Susan:

The Plainfield Garden Club Board is requesting a membership status change for Betty Hackman from Affiliate to Honorary Member. Mrs. Hackman is held in very high esteem by members past and present.

Betty has been a very active and gracious member since joining in 1970. She has participated in many activities and nurtured our membership. She has won many awards including Medal of Merit (1979), Certificate of Appreciation (1998), Horticulture Achievement Certificate (1992) and Certificate of Appreciation (1998). Betty has been a member of many committees and has co-chaired committees such as Horticulture and Civics.

Betty has been an invaluable member of the Plainfield Garden Club with her detailed knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening. Our membership has been enriched because of her willingness to share her wisdom and experience.

Very truly yours,

Kathy Andrews
President, The Plainfield Garden Club

[Note: 'Susan' refers to member 'Susan Fraser']

May 19, 2004 Letter to Betty Hackman on change of membership

Mrs. Robert K. Hackman
402 Heron Point
Chestertown, MD 21620-1679
Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Dear Betty,

Thank you for your beautifully written letter requesting a change of status from ‘Member'
to ‘Affiliate.' The board unanimously, and sadly, approved your request and wish you well with
all your future endeavors.

On behalf of the club, we sincerely thank you for your thirty-four years of dedication to
Plainfield Garden Club. Truly, you have shaped us and made us strong for the years to come. As an
‘Affiliate' we know you will still be with us and giving us your much needed advice and guidance.

Respectfully Yours,

Susan King Fraser
Corresponding Secretary
Plainfield Garden Club

May 17, 2006 Letter to Betty Hackman re: Honorary Membership

Mrs. Robert K. Hackman
402 Heron Point
Chestertown, Maryland 2160-1679
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Dear Betty,

The Plainfield Garden Club is requesting a membership status change. We would like to offer you a membership from ‘Affliate' to ‘Honorary Member.' You are held in very high esteem by members past and present.

Betty, you have been a very active and gracious member since joining the club in 1970. You have participated in many activities and nurtured our membership. You have won many awards including the Medal of Merit (1979), Certificate of Appreciation (1998), Horticulture Achievement Certificate (1992) and Certificate of Appreciation (1998). You have been a member of many committees and has co-chaired committees such as Horticulture and Civics.

Betty, you are an invaluable member of the Plainfield Garden Club because of your detailed knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening. Our membership has been enriched because of your willingness to share your wisdom and experience.

Congratulations on the achievement of Honorary Member.

Respectfully Yours,

Susan King Fraser
Corresponding Secretary
Plainfield Garden Club

Birthday Wishes extended to Betty Hackman, October 2004

Click link to see October 2004 Newsletter

1915-1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

It was Betty's copy of the 50 year-old history of the PGC that was used to begin to create the the PGC archives. Betty's booklet was found in the "Shakespeare Garden" boxes that float from chair to chair of the garden.

Betty had been chairwoman of the Shakespeare Garden and must have kept her book within these boxes. However, if you view the scanned images, she does write on one page to please return the book to her and on the cover, she afixed a clear address label.

We are so happy that Betty's book was the foundation of all our research.

1990 Exhibitions Annual Report

The Harvest Show at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum was held in September. Barbara Sandford won a third prize in her class, and Betty Hackman and Nancy Kroll received an honorable mention for their joint arrangement.

Bev Reid's garden, Boxwoods, documented by Betty Hackman for the Smithsonian


Boxwoods 1999.

Forms part of: Garden Club of America Collection,

Phy. Description: 1 folder+ 9 35 mm. slides.

Summary: The folder includes a worksheet and garden description.

General Note: This two-acre garden site, established in 1954, surrounds a house dating to 1845 (with subsequent renovations). Landscape architect Roberta Freeman Dixon laid out the three-part plan in 1956, which has been closely followed by the owners since that time. Windbreaks were important to cut weather and frame the house in the field. Evergreen bedding plants surround the house and edge the meandering landscape. The vegetable beds and cutting garden are behind hurdle fencing allowing them to be kept in less than pristine condition without detracting from the rest of the garden, Boxwood was brought in from Virginia and is used solely as foundation planting, accented with Ilex crenata, including 'Bulatta'. Native rhododendron, Leucothoe, hollies, cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), hemlock, and dogwoods are used repeatedly in the landscape, giving a peaceful background of lush greenery with occasional bloom interest. A wonderful old barn and a pump house on the property add charm and are enhanced with a choice Chinese white wisteria on the barn's car entrance and a climbing boxwood espaliered on the pump house. An original sculpture, "Inspiration," by David Edstrom, is used with water in a little side garden entrance off the library. It is surrounded with a holly hedge and Buxus microphylla at the base of the planting, making it handsome in all seasons. This is a charming garden with many unique features that complement the historic farmhouse setting.
Persons associated with the property include: Charles Detwiller (architect, 1954); Roberta Freeman Dixon (landscape architect, 1956); David Edstrom (sculptor, 1927); and Lois Poinier (landscape architect, 1968).

Restrictions: Access to original images 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:
For information or study purposes only. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.

Subject-Topical: Gardens – New Jersey – Scotch Plains

Subject - Geographical: Boxwoods (Scotch Plains, New Jersey)

Repository Loc: Smithsonian Gardens, Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506, Washington, DC 20013-7012

Local Number: NJ135000

Co-Creator: Detwiller, Charles, architect.
Dixon, Roberta Freeman, landscape architect.
Edstrom, David, sculptor.
Poinier, Lois W., landscape architect.

Boxwoods] [slide]: the front of the house from the driveway entrance, with the pump house on the far left

[Boxwoods] [slide]: the wall of the pump house, with Buxus microphylla (sport) espaliered in the shape of a horseshoe

Photo by Robert K. Hackman

[Boxwoods] [slide]: the barn, showing wisteria

Photo by Robert K. Hackman

[Boxwoods] [slide]: rear door of porch and edge of patio

Photo by Robert K. Hackman

[Boxwoods] [slide]: path into woods

Photo by Robert K. Hackman

[Boxwoods] [slide]: a path, facing northwest

Photo by Wendy A. Reid

[Boxwoods] [slide]: looking northeast from the west side of the house

Photo by Robert K. Hackman

[Boxwoods] [slide]: looking east from the east side of the house, with the sculpture, "Inspiration," in the center

Photo by Wendy A. Reid

[Boxwoods] [slide]: clematis near the barn

Photo by Robert K. Hackman

Stoneleigh Farm

Nestled in the rolling hills of Virginia hunt-country, Stoneleigh Farm estate is a haven for both man and beast

The view from the pasture, looking back at the main house and a stone dependency, is one of the owner's favorites.

Donna Hackman is Betty's neice.


Any house of a certain age in the richly historic Piedmont of Virginia very likely has enjoyed an interesting and varied past. Stoneleigh, an expansive and stylish farm, is no exception. The home started out in 1830 as a modest "two over two" four-room farmer's cabin conveniently located along the local main east-west thoroughfare.
In the 20th century, horseback riding and fox hunting became popular pastimes in the area. As a result, Stoneleigh's successive owners made substantial additions to the house, built comfortable stables for their well-bred mounts, and turned the farmers' fields into lush pastures. It was these hilly, rich pastures receding in gentle folds toward the horizon that attracted the present owner when she bought the property in 1998.

The homeowner planned to turn Stoneleigh into an equestrian facility for her show horses, but she saw that the natural beauty of the land needed attention first. So she asked her general contractor if his wife, Donna Hackman, could revise the gardens. Hackman's own garden is recognized as one of the finest in Virginia (see Southern Accents May/June 2001, page 228). Hackman enthusiastically agreed to take on the project. "She was asking me to put a bow on an already perfect package," says Hackman. "But I instantly knew what to do."

Hackman worked closely with Atlanta architect Peter Block, who had designed the pool house in stone to match the main house. She sent him a picture of a pergola designed by English garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and he agreed that a similar one was right for the pool house at Stoneleigh. The resulting pergola supports a lavish canopy of climbing roses, clematis, and honeysuckle.

Next, Hackman turned her attention to the bare slope that lay between the swimming pool and the wishing-well garden. It was so steep that nothing would grow, so Hackman suggested that Block add a stone sitting wall at the bottom of the slope, raising the level of the bed and lessening the grade. Now, guests can walk down a set of stone steps and rest on the stone wall amid overflowing mounds of perennials.

One of the bonuses of Stoneleigh's age includes its stands of mature trees. However, some were past their prime and needed to be removed; others were in need of a trim. Hackman then brought in new trees: sugar maples, sweet gums, yellowwoods, and ginkgos, as well as 20 Yoshino cherry trees to line the pond. Since wild cherry trees are poisonous to horses, Hackman confirmed with the owner's horse trainer that Yoshinos were safe before ordering them.

With much of her time occupied with her horses, the owner gave Hackman free rein in planning the gardens. The only request she made was for something "Englishy" and appropriate to a farm. "I like a garden that's bushy and wild-looking," she says. "And I love seeing the landscape and gardens change with the seasons."

Hackman planned the courtyard parterre garden with winter views in mind. In spring and summer the small, enclosed spaces overflow with fragrant herbs, but as the plants die back in the fall Hackman wanted something beautiful to remain. Her solution was to install walkways with stone edging in a decorative design. From here, it's possible to view the stables and pastures in every season and watch the horses train in the outdoor ring–a perfect scenario for both the owner and her prize horses.

Stoneleigh Farm

Horse Statuary
A pair of horse statuary looks past the swimming pool toward the pastures, where the owner's show horses graze. Yoshino flowering cherry trees border the right side of the pond

Stoneleigh Farm

Wishing Well Garden
The wishing well garden is just one of the unique features in Hackman's design. Fragrant herbs from the kitchen gardens waft to the balcony above, one of the owner's favorite places to sit and enjoy the landscape.

Stoneleigh Farm

Stone Dependency
Allium moly, edging boxwood, and golden 'Hellerii' holly grow along the stone dependency.

Stoneleigh Farm

Stone Spring House
The old, stone spring house is reflected in one of Stoneleigh Farm's two ponds

Stoneleigh Farm

Stone Walls
Inspired by the historic stone wall adjacent to the house, Hackman enclosed the remaining area with additional, low stone walls, built to the dimensions of the old iron gate.

Stoneleigh Farm

Through the Garden Gate
An iron gate separates the main house from the stone dependency.

May 19, 1980 Board Meeting Minutes

March 18, 1981 Meeting Minutes

July 23, 2009 Robert Hackman

Robert Hackman
Originally Published Jul 23, 2009, 07:49am (Updated Jul 23, 2009, 07:49am)

Robert K. Hackman, Chestertown, Md., formerly of North Plainfield, N.J., died on July 20, 2009, at Heron Point in Chestertown. Bob Hackman, son of William H. and Mamie Rose Hackman, was born Feb. 21, 1923, in Womelsdorf. He graduated from Womelsdorf High School and attended East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, East Stroudsburg, where he studied history and lettered in football and wrestling. For spending money, he often boxed semi-professionally on weekends, with some success, often appearing at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1942, Bob later earned an officer's commission in the 4th Marine Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater. He saw combat action at Saipan, Gaum and at Iwo Jima, and also served as part of the post-war occupation of China. In 1945, Bob married his wife, Bette Reppert of Shoemakersville. After completing his degree at East Stroudsburg, he accepted a position as a history teacher at Collegeville-Trappe High School in Trappe. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Bob served as head coach of the school's football, basketball and baseball teams. While he was a loved and respected educator and leader of young men on the athletic field, he was most gratified by the lifelong relationships he maintained with many of his former students. As a Marine Corps reservist, Bob was recalled to active duty in 1950 for service in the Korean War. Awarded a Bronze Star for his role in the Inchon landings, he also became one of the so-called "Chosin Few," participating in the 1st Marine Division in the brutal campaign at the Chosin Reservoir in November and December of 1950. Bob rose to the rank of major before his discharge. Returning from Asia in 1951, Bob resumed his duties at Collegeville-Trappe High School before accepting a position in 1955 as head of sales with Hatco Chemical Co. (later to become W.R. Grace) of Fords, N.J. He retired in 1990 and moved to Heron Point in 2003. In addition to being a talented artist and woodworker, Bob was a gifted dancer and an active and enthusiastic sportsman. A particularly avid squash player and golfer, he was a founding member of the Fiddler's Elbow Golf Club in Far Hills, N.J. A tough, strong, sweet and fine man possessing both an ever-present twinkle in his eye and a rascal's wit, Bob Hackman was a loyal friend to many and a hero to his loved ones. He was a towering, seemingly indestructible force of nature to his grandchildren. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bette, Bob is survived by his daughter, Katharine Levengood, and son-in-law, Chip, as well as two grandsons, Paul and Robert, and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society, 116 N. Front St., Womelsdorf, PA 19567 or to the Moore-Tobey Scholarship Fund of Heron Point (please make checks payable to Heron Point), 501 E. Campus Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620. Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, MD 21620.

May 17, 1982 First Meeting of Executive Board

May 17, 1982 First Meeting of Executive Board

May 17, 1982 First Meeting of Executive Board

May 3, 1983

Correspondence with the Smithsonian

Dear Darlene, Hi! Thanks so much for the fill in – and what fun! Although it sounds like unwrapping a big ball of twine, you are making some really great discoveries. I was sort of piecing it together from the emails that I was copied on, but this explanation fills in all the blanks for me. I saw that one of the gardens was designed by Lois Poinier. She is a member of the Short Hills Garden Club, and although she doesn't live in this area anymore – she is in Mystic, CT – she is still probably as sharp as a tack. Her mother was one half of a famous landscape design business in Short Hills – Wodell and Cotrell. Many of their gardens are in the archives. Lois was the daughter of Mrs. Wodell. Good luck! - Cathy

From: Darlene Kasten []
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:44 AM
To: 'Cathy McGraw'
Cc: 'Susan King Fraser';
Subject: Smithsonian & PGC

Hi Cathy,

Mary Kent suggested I write you to fill you in on what I have been doing in connection with the Smithsonian Archives. I am sure you have been wondering with all the emails you have been copied on!

A small ad hoc committee within PGC has been busy reading through archives in the Plainfield Public Library to try to put together a master list of all members since our founding in 1915 in anticipation of the GCA Centennial in 2013. In doing so we have discovered all kinds of fun facts about our former members' accomplishments as well as pictures and descriptions of their delightful gardens. We had read in some of the minutes that some previously unknown garden pictures had been submitted to the Smithsonian by our then GH&D Chair Betty Hackman which led us to the Archives online. We saw an entry for an "unidentified" garden and requested a jpeg of the image thinking it would be of the garden identified in the minutes. We instead found that it was for another member's garden, Mrs. Roswell H. Rausch. Since then we have been given a number of other gardens to identify and describe which also belonged to former (deceased) PGC members, Sanders, Loizeaux and Elliott. We are actively trying to provide the Smithsonian with addresses and descriptions for these gardens. We are eager to complete their original submissions and hope they will be available online soon. All of these are available on the Plainfield Garden Club website (see links below).

In addition we requested jpegs of our Shakespeare Garden which were part of the original GCA collection.

There are also a couple of "mystery gardens" we have so far been unable to identify, .

Please let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon on the photography circuit!

Thanks, Darlene Kasten

Rausch, Mrs. Roswell H. (Louise Cornell) '65
Sanders, Mrs. David F. (Molly) '58, President 1966 - 1968
Loizeaux, Mrs. J. Harold (Marion Foster) '40, President 1947 - 1949
Elliott, Mrs. William Potter (Marjorie Blackman) '46

Correspondence with Elisabeth Loizeaux

Thank you! The connections are all very interesting. Yes Beverly Reid's garden, Boxwoods, was documented by Betty Hackman and the pictures can be viewed on the Smithsonian Archives website. We also have a Member Album devoted to Beverly. You can find it on by looking in the "Notable Members in Plainfield Garden Club History" under History and see Betty's pictures. There is an album for your mother-in-law too.

Thank you again!!!

On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 1:38 PM, Elisabeth Loizeaux <> wrote:

Hello Darlene,
My husband's father and Bernice's father were brothers, Bernice's father was the oldest and my husband's father the youngest of the family. Beverly Reid, by the way, was another cousin , the daughter of one of the sisters in the Loizeaux family.. She of course is another at one time president of PGC, she was the most "perfect" GC member I can remember. Entertaining the club with her, you spent a lot of time dusting her Rhododendrons next to the front door beforehand.................. I hope her house and garden are in the Achive, she truly had the most beautiful garden, everything in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape. English flower garden, vegetables, Wisteria over the garage doors, there wasn't anything that wasn't "just right", plus she was a first rate flower arranger. Are you familiar with her house? Did you know her? One certainly learned a lot working with her, but her perfectionism was nerve-wracking!

You may of course share my personal information. The story of Driftway Farm , after it was sold, I don't think concerns the GC in any way, that was for your information only. And please be sure to refer to the property as DRIFTWAY FARM, that was what it was called for 50 +/- years. (To the best of my knowledge there isn't a single Ponderosa pine on the property, I don't think my in-laws would have liked the name.)



Toddy Pond, Evie Madsen, Jane Craig, Betty Hackman, Barbara Sandford, Bernice Swain

Nina Weil, Betty Hackman

Marge Elliott, Jane Craig, Betty Hackman, Dottie Sheble

From the Corresponding Secretary file

postmarked Oct. 25, 2002

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Thomas Nash Cochran


Dear Betty,

My brothers and I are very grateful for the superlative efforts of the Plainfield Garden Club team in making Mother's memorial service such a success.

Until I visited the kitchen of the Guild Room at the Church, I had not realized how considerable an effort was required to make the event such a success.

Our thanks to you and your team – we could not have done it without you!

Tom Cochran

From the Corresponding Secretary file 2001 - 2002

From the Corresponding Secretary file 2001 - 2002

From the Corresponding Secretary file 2001 - 2002

From the Corresponding Secretary file 2001 - 2002

From the Corresponding Secetary file

postmark 10 APR 2004

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Dear Susan and Board Members,

I have been remiss and reluctant to write this letter requesting that my membership in the Garden Club be changed from active to non-resident.

My relcutance stems from the realization that this closes a thirty-four year chapter in my life. A chapter that has given me great pleasure, new skills and boundless fulfullment.

I gleaned so very much knowledge and awareness from the club's offerings. I cherish the friendship of each member. What a wonderful, intelligent, talented, attractive group you are! You have enriched my life!

May I add my heartfelt thanks for the thoughtful letters, messages and emails which have sustained me during this difficult time. You are all ever in my heart and thoughts.

I shall continue to look forward to following all the club activities and your achievements through the newsletters and will always be cheering you on from the sidelines.

With love,


April 9, 2004

From the Corresponding Secretary file

November 1995 Flower Show are the Frelinghuysen, Morristown

Betty Hackman and her arrangement

Shakespeare Garden

Typed caption at top:

Plainfield Garden Club Members prepare SHAKESPEARE Garden in Cedar Brook Park for their forthcoming (June 13, 1978) 50th Anniversary Celebration.

NOTE: The second woman from left is most likely Betty Hackman

NOTE: The photo was found glued into a large photo album containing many different photos of club and garden from different eras

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

Email from Elisabeth Loizeaux February 22, 2011

Thank you for the photo –- I had been a member for four years and was all of 48 years old – the mornings in the garden were fun. Evie Madsen and Betty Hackman knew all the latin names of plants.

Greetings from Maui,

–– Original Message ––
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:38:50 PM
Subject: found a photo of you!

I am scanning in a large scrapbook spanning years and years of the club. When I got to 1982 I found you! Remember these days in the garden? Susan

June 1990

Roses, English Daisies, Sage

Betty Hackman (in slacks) speaks to Evie Madsen (green apron)

Summer 1982

From Left to Right:

Anne Marie Seybold, Peggy Tyler, Betty Hackman, Bev Reid

Summer 1982

Back of Photo

Shakespeare Garden June 1987

Betty & Bev

Shakespeare Garden June 1987

Back of Photo

Mrs. Hackman and Mrs. Reid

Spring 1997

Peggy Tyler, Evie Madsen and Betty Hackman

June 4, 1998

Courier News
by Bernice Paglia
Staff Writer

Much ado about Bard in city garden

[If you go
The tour of the Shakespeare Garden will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The garden is in Cedar Brook Park, accessible from Park Avenue.]

PLAINFIELD – A labor of love won't be lost on people who visit the Shakespeare Garden on Saturday.

Plainfield Garden Club members have wedded, clipped, pruned, mulched and manicured the garden for its second public tour. They're preparing the flower markers and plaques with quotes from the Bard to match the array of 16th-century blooms.

The free event also will include a demostration of cooking with herbs, Elizabethan music and sales of garden-realted items and dried florals.

The garden, designed in 1927 by the Olmstead Brothers of Brookline, Mass., contains 40 species mentioned in Shakespeare's works. It was planted on the 363rd anniversary of his birth.

The Union County freeholders honored the garden and the club in March with a historic preservation commendation.

Garden club members said the tour of 17 beds and two borders with more than 150 16th- and 17th-century plants promises to be rich in Shakespeare lore.

Club member Carroll Keating recently was shearing four plump topiary birds for the big day. It was the first time she had been asked to take on that special task.

"I feel so honored," she said.

Stooping to pull a maple seedling from a border in the formal knot garden, club member Betty Hackman said the clipped hedges add "a bit of whimsy to the garden."

The art of cutting hedges into special shapes "goes way back to the first century," she said.

Two of the birds had their bushy beaks knocked off over the winter, so club members planned to make prosthetic ones of wire and sprigs for the tour.

Longtime member Margaret Tyler sat on the sun-warmed ground to groom one of the flower beds.

"I love to see the foxglove come back," she said. "I love their little cups."

Member Evelyn Madsen rubbed a pink dianthus flower, a bloom used to flavor wine in Shakespeare's time, to release its cinnamon fragrance. Madsen said she enjoyed seeing Franco Zeffirelli's production of "Romeo and Juliet" on television because of all the floral references.

Visitors can see love-in-a-mist, lady's mantle, giant allium, Scotch broom, gas plant and many roses and herbs.

Amid all the pastel blooms and feathery foliage, a bare holly tree given a radical pruning by county workers looks like a start modern sculpture, but club members softened it by ringing the trunk with handsome hosta plants.

Courier News article June 28, 2000

Courier News article June 28, 2000

Star-Ledger, Wednesday, August 16, 2000

NOTE: This article was written about the Shakespeare Garden at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township as well as the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park. Sister Agnes Vincent tends the garden in Morris Township's Convent Station.

Half way through the article, the writer, Valerie Sudol, discusses our garden:

If Sister Agnes often labors in solitude, the tending of Plainfield's Shakespeare garden is ordinarily a social affair. On a steamy Wednesday morning in early August, nearly a dozen members of the Plainfield Garden Club were cheerfully sweating over their chores in the garden, which occupies a grassy rise in Union County's Cedar Brook park.

"I love working among the herbs," says Evelyn Madsen, taking a breather from heading back plants grown lush with rain. "The fragrance is wonderful."

A garden keeper for "20 or 25 years," Madsen finds the same appeal in these plants as any student of days long past.

"Rue, known as 'herb-o'-grace,' once was used in the baptismal bowl," she offers. "And agrimony – it was boiled as a soak for sore feet, and was good for sleeplessness, or so goes the old wives' tale. Rich in tannins, it's now used by the pharmaceutical industry."

Within a paling fence, the herbs – rue, marjoram, rhubarb, thyme, rosemary, sage, fennel, angelica – occupy beds that are like spokes of a wheel, with a circular bed of antique roses and pinks at the hub. Geometric beds, some lined in boxwood grown from slips sent from Mount Vernon, George Washington's Virginia estate, stretch to the far end where a rustic pergola supports trumpet vine and wisteria; the parterre of beds sits between two 100-foot borders, abrim with foliage and flowers.

This garden was made all of a piece in 1927 by noted American landscape firm – the Olmsted Brothers, successor to the business launched by Frederick Law Olmsted, the "father" of American landscape architecture. The Olmsted family had a relationship with the Essex and Union county parks systems that stretched over nearly 50 yeras. Cedar Brook, like Branch Brook Park in Newark and South Mountain Reservation bordering several towns between Millburn and West Orange, were part of a far-reaching and pioneering effort during the "City Beautiful" movement of the '20s and '30s to provide urban dwellers of the Industrial Age with nearby pastoral landscapes.

"The idea for the garden originated with the local Shakespeare Society, one of those old-fashioned intellectual groups popular back then, " says Elva Busch, a regular on the garden task force. "The garden club got involved with the society, and together they put the plan to the park commissioners, who brough in the Olmsted firm as designers."

As keepers of the flame, club members willingly devote every Wednesday morning of the seven-month growing season to garden maintenance. This garden includes not only plants mentioned by Shakespeare, but also species known to Elizabethans of the 16th century.

"A Shakespeare garden is heavy with herbs and roses and is at its peak in late May and June," Bernice Swain points out. "In late summer, there isn't much color, so we've added some annuals, like calendula – known back then as Mary-buds, for the Virgin Mary."

Betty Hackman mentions that in the past, the garden suffered from vandalism, mostly the work of kids.

"Some years back, a group of youngsters came here and saw our stone monument, inscribed with Shakespeare's nam," she recalls. "'Is Shakespeare buried here?' they wanted to know, all wide-eyed. So, I explained. We try now to involve the kids, using the garden as a classroom. We need everyone to take responsiblity for keeping it in good order."

Has it worked?

"Well," says Hackman, "last year I was picking some rue for a flower show when a young man went by on his bicycle. He turned around, came back, and called to me: 'Miss – don't you know you're not supposed to be picking flowers here?'"

Hackman laughs. It's a good memory and a good sign.

"I think we have something going," she adds. "The garden has survived for nearly 75 years. I think it will be around for awhile."

Boxwood Topiary Workshop at Nina Weil's House

circa 1998
Bernice Swain, Betty Hackman, Evie Madsen and Elisabeth Loizeaux

Boxwood Topiary Workshop at Nina Weil's House

circa 1998
Bernice Swain, Betty Hackman and Nina Weil

September 20, 1999 Board Meeting Minutes page 1

September 1999 Newsletter page 2

September 22, 1999 Meeting Minutes page 1

September 22, 1999 Meeting Minutes

September 22, 1999 Meeting Attendance Sign In

1984 Questover Designers Showhouse Program

Questover Program pages 1 through 55

Questover Program pages 56 through 106

Questover Program pages 107 through 131

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Cover to Page 25

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Page 26 to End

In addition to saving the 1988 Program for the Designers Showhouse of Cedar Brook Farm (aka The Martine House) which was organized by the Muhlenberg Auxiliary, PGC Member Anne Shepherd also kept the 1974 Designers Showcase of the very same home, organized by the Junior League.

Within the program pages, you will find mentioned many PGC members. They include: Clawson, MacLeod, Kroll, Davis, Wyckoff, Stevens, Loizeaux, Swain, Hunziker, Connell, Foster, Dunbar, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Gaston, Hackman, Holman, Lockwood, Morrison, Royes, Rushmore, Sanders, Williams, Barnhart, Bellows, Burger, Burner, Carter, Clendenin, DeHart, Detwiller, Eaton, Eckert, Fort, Frost, Gonder, Keating, Laidlaw, Loosli, Madsen, Mann, Marshall, Miller, Moody, Moon, Morse, Murray, Mygatt, Barrett, Peek, Perkins, Pfefferkorn, Pomeroy, Pond, Royes, Samek, Sandford, Sheble, Stevens, Shepherd, Stewart, Stout, Trewin, Vivian, Zeller, Cochran, Mooney and Hall.

1982 May Designer Showhouse: 1127 Watchung Avenue

Cover to Page 25

Page 26 to Page 51

Page 52 to Page 75

Page 76 to Back Cover

January 20, 1999

Helen Goddard and Ruth Crocker Floral Arranging Workshop
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, NJ

Photo by Jeanne Turner

Betty Hackman and Jane Burner

Plainfield Public Library Archives

HONORED AT ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON – Miss Margaret McCutchen, third from left, first president of the Plainfield College Club, receives announcement of the college scholarship named in her honor from president, Mrs. Louis Reinken, fourth from the left. Listening to the announcement are: left to right, Mrs. Patrick J. White, Mrs. Charles W. Buckelew, another original club members, Miss McCutchen, Mrs. Reinken, Mrs. Redman Cornell and Mrs. Harold W. Scherer, luncheon chairman. Mrs. White and Mrs. Cornell are wearing costumes that were in fashion 50 years ago.

March 14 1957

College Club, 50 Years Old, To Give New Scholarship

The Plainfield College Club celebrated its golden anniversary yesterday with the announcement of the Margaret W. McCutchen scholarship, in honor of the club's first president, a guest at the anniversary luncheon a the Plainfield Country Club.

The Margaret McCutchen scholarship, made possible by the growth of an endowment fund began in 1928, will be awarded to a senior high school girl in May.

College club president, Mrs. Louis W. Reinken, introduced Miss McCutchen, Mrs. Charles W. Buckelew, another funding leader and Mrs. Roy F. Macintyre, the club's only life member. Messages from other founding members wre read, including congratulations from Miss Harriet Goddard, first vice president, Miss Elsie Goddard and Mrs. William M. Stillman.

Past Presidents Introduced

Golden anniversary chairman and past president, Mrs. Harold W. Scherer, introduced past presidents of the college club who attended the luncheon: Mrs. Ellis Enander, Mrs. J. Harold Reppert, Mrs. Charles H. Hutchinson, Mrs. William Land, Mrs. Joseph Katrausky, Mrs. Frazier Graff, Mrs. Dwight Herrick and Mrs. James W. Smith.

Reminiscing through 50 years of history was done through a fashion parade by members, to the accompaniment of the college club Choral Group and the narration of Mrs. Robert Coates.

The choral group began a chorus of "School Days" and "Sweet Adeline" while Mrs. Coates said, "Looking across the gulf of two world wars, the America of 1906 seems young and far away . . . at this time a small group of enthusiastic and determined young women felt the need to encourage girls to enter college." This, she said, led to the founding of the Plainfield College Club with its first meetings "of a social nature, consisting of 'business,' a short play, skits or stunts, sometimes music, then tea."

Growth of Club Traced
This was the time too, when as

the parading models indicated members wore picture hats and dresses with leg of mutton sleeves.

Music, fashions and narrative traced the growth of the College Club through the First World War, when members did . . . work at home or overseas, . . . 20s, when it seemd for a . . .that interest in the club . . . But an end to war . . . a large membership drive . . .remedied the situation.

During the 20s, education . . grams gained in popularity in 1928, the College Club, had once shunned world . . .voted to endorse the reso . . urging Congress to endorse . . Kellogg Peace Treaty. In . . . the club affiliated with the . . . ican Association of Uni . . . Women, and during this . . . it grew rapidly and took . . . creasing part in state and . . . AAUW activities, including raising money for AAUW . . . lowship fund.

Throughout World War . . . club not only . . . scholarship aid and . . .lowship fund cont. . . raised money for . . . refugee children.

$500 Study Grant
In honor of its . . sary, the College Club . . . sented an annivesary . . .gift of $500 study . . . advanced scholar . . . Plainfield Branch . . . of "And we are proud, . . . Coates, "Of the five . . . now attending college . . . our aid." Since the . . . ship gift of $30 in . . . has loaned $3,850 and . . . right gifts of $25, 330 . . . girls needing collge.

She suggested that . . . duty in the future . . . "hold the doors wide

Plainfield Public Library Archives

Plainfield Public Library Archives

Getting ready for the White House – left to right, Mrs. John Madsen, Mrs. William Elliott, Mrs. Alexander Kroll, Mrs. A. D. Seybold and Mrs. Robert Hackman decorate wreaths, while Mrs. Edwin Fitzpatric "supervises."

May 10, 2012 GCA Zone IV Meeting and Awards Dinner

PGC Members Jeanne Turner, Patti Dunstan and Phyllis Alexander researched over 275 members chronicled on our website,, and chose the following ladies as "themes" for the luncheon tables:

Eight Notable Women of the PGC

June 5, 2002

Shakespeare Garden
Sally Kroll, Susan Fraser, Barbara Sandford, Nina Weil, Sally Booth, Betty Hackman, Kathy Andrews, Nancy Plumeri, Anne Shepherd, Jeanne Turner, Phyllis Alexander

June 5, 2002

Shakespeare Garden
Nina Weil, Barbara Sandford, Betty Hackman, Susan Fraser, Sally Booth, Anne Shepherd, Barbara Peek, Jane Burner, Jeanne Turner, Phyllis Alexander

June 5, 2002

Nina Weil, Barbara Sandford, Sally Kroll, ?, Anne Shepherd, Betty Hackman, ?, Jeanne Turner

January thru June 2008 Board and General Meeting Minutes

September thru December 2002 Board and General Meeting Minutes

2002 October thru December Newsletters

2003 January thru June Board and Membership Meeting Minutes

2003 January thru June Newsletters

2003 September thru December Board and Meeting Minutes

2003 October thru December Newsletters

2004 February thru June Board & Meeting Minutes

2003 December Newsletter

2004 September thru December Newsletters

Shakespeare-in-Bloom June 2, 2001

Left to right:

Betty Hackman, Jeanne Turner, Sally Kroll, Tucker Trimble and Mary Kent

Shakespeare in Bloom June 2, 2001

The Knot Garden, tended by Betty for years. She always managed to make the non-hardy Teucrium border look lovely.

2006 January thru June Board and Meeting Minutes

April 17, 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

[President] Kathy Andrews announced a chnage in membership status for Betty Hackman. Because of her outstanding service to The Plainfield Garden Club Betty has been granted honorary status in place of sustaining membership.

September 15, 2000 Garden Lecture by Donna Hackman

I remember attending this event and speaking with Betty who was very proud of her neice. The slides that Donna showed of her home in Virginia were inspirational and the title of her lecture "Inspiration to Reality – Creating an English Garden"

Flowers at Every Level: Donna Hackman's Garden page 1

Flowers at Every Level: Donna Hackman's Garden page 2

Flowers at Every Level: Donna Hackman's Garden page 3

Flowers at Every Level: Donna Hackman's Garden page 4

June 2, 2001 Shakespeare-in-Bloom

June 2, 2001 Shakespeare-in-Bloom

June 2, 2001 Shakespeare-in-Bloom

June 2, 2001

June 2, 2001 Shakespeare-in-Bloom

June 2, 2001

June 2, 2001 Shakespeare-in-Bloom

June 9, 2002 Shakespeare-in-Bloom

June 9, 2002 Shakespeare-in-Bloom

June 9, 2002 Shakespeare-in-Bloom

June 9, 2002 Shakespeare-in-Bloom

October thru December 1999 Board Meeting Minutes

October thru December 1999 General Meeting Minutes & Sign In Sheets

December 1999 Flower Show Report

2000 January thru June Executive Board Meeting Minutes

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

2000 September thru December Executive Board Meeting Minutes

2000 September thru December Meeting Minutes

2001 January thru June Executive Board Meeting Minutes

2001 January thru June Meeting Minutes and Sign in Attendance Sheets

2001 Jan Mar Apr May Newsletters

2001 September thru December Board Meeting Minutes

October and November 2001 Newsletters

August 17, 2012 Anne Shepherd Memorabilia

August 17, 2012

Again combing through the Anne Shepherd memorabilia folders and was excited to find the following: September 15, 2000 Garden Lecture by Donna Hackman

For those that did not attend this event, Betty's niece, Donna Hackman, was the chosen September speaker for the NJ Committee that year. She gave an inspiring talk about her garden in Virginia: Highland Spring. I remember Betty being very proud. I also had wished that I kept these notes, as Anne did, because they list the plants Donna recommends as well as some of her favorite mail order nurseries. Enjoy!

2001 September thru December Meeting Minutes and Sign In Attendance

2002 January thru June Executive Board Meeting Minutes

2002 January thru June Meeting Minutes and Sign In Sheets

2002 February thru June Newsletters

Nina (Weil) - for exhibitors page 1

September 24, 2012 NOTE: This document was found in a folder in one of the "President Boxes." Also in the folder were job descriptions. Some were dated 1992 and 1996. Many had no date at all, like this document. In addition, this document had been photo copied and the last lines on each page are missing.

September 2012: Nina identified this document as being written by Nancy Kroll.

It is very nice to have an assistant to help you if possible & she can take over after 2 years for you.

The exhibitions committee tries to get girls to go into flower shows doing arrangements. You will find this is the hardest part of your job. it is lack of confidence in their ability & also they are scared that they won't do well.

The best help of all is flower arranging workshops, in club fower shows & the Polly Heely memorial fund for 3 girls to do quick flower arrangement at the meetings. To criticize pick Elis Loizeaux, Evie Madsen, Betty Hackman, M.L. Miner, Bernice Swain & myself. Hopefully you will acquire more commentator in time. Always check with the President if she wants you to do the Polly Heely fund arrangements at the next meeting. They may not have the time but it is such a good practice for everyone – the cards are in one of the bags & get Sally Booth, choose 3 girls every time. Then you fill out the year on their card so they will not be called again this year

[faded bottom of the first page]

There are 2 size containers so change each time & by flowers for the small or large ones. (I always love to go there if you forgotten how to go)

You must be at every board meeting or your assistant. Usually the Monday before the 3rd Wednesday meeting. Good flower shows in other towns should be announced at least a month ahead so members can make plans to attend. There are some flower shows we are required to enter – the Zone Meeting. You must enter two classes, start getting 2 girls lined up for this as early as possible so they can pick their class instead of being left with the dregs!

Encourage girls to go with you to the flower show – this helps them to interpret the schedules & range to imagination of the the flower arrangers. Good flower show – all N.J. G.C., & clubs, Philadelphia, Green Fingers in Greenwich & Greenwich G.C.

Also, if any of our members enter a flower show, it is your kindness to them to take them over there. It's a pain to drive & have things go to pieces in the car. And be sure to announce at the club meeting any ribbons won to encourage participation

[Last line faded.]

Nina (Weil) - for exhibitors page 2

1997 Janury thru March Board Meeting Minutes

January thru June 1996 Board and General Meeting Minutes

1996 October thru December Board Meeting Minutes

1995 September thru December Board Meeting Minutes

1995 May and June Board and General Meeting Minutes

June 1, 2013 Shakespeare-in-Bloom: Betty's family visits the garden!

Beloved garden club member Betty Hackman, who passed away in 2009, left Plainfield with this beautiful legacy: The Shakespeare Garden.

It is no exaggeration that when Betty joined the Club in 1970, she, with help from her Garden Club friends, Peggy & Evie, saved the garden from vandalism and possible demise. With her expertise, optimism and steadfast weekly garden visits, Betty kept the garden going through some bleak times. We all miss Betty and anyone who admires the garden today and in the future, has Betty to thank.

Mrs. Robert K. (Elizabeth or "Betty" Reppert) Hackman '70

Left to right: Susan Reedy, Barbara Lessing (Betty's sister), Brenda Shahay and Betsey Reppert, (Betty's niece)

June 1, 2013 Left to right: Susan Reedy, Barbara Lessing (Betty's sister), Brenda Shahay and Betsey Reppert, (Betty's niece)

Betty's family stands in the "Knot Garden" or "Betty's Section" as Garden Club members have come to know it. The diamond-shaped gravel path with steel edging was designed and installed by Betty.

How Betty would have loved that her family visited the garden! Many of us feels she knows.

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

1973 - 1974 Conservation Chairman

Ruth Suydam Voorhees

Published: November 25, 1998

VOORHEES-Ruth Suydam. Age 100 of Far Hills, NJ on Monday, November 23, 1998. Wife of the late Edward LeRoy Voorhees. Mother of Stephen Coerte Voorhees of Merry Point, VA, Ann V. Haab of Franklin, NY and the late Peggy V. Reppert Martinez. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 2PM Saturday, November 28, 1998 at St. John on the Mountain Church, Bernardsville, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Morristown Memorial Hospital, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960 or St. John on the Mountain Church, Mt. Harmony Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. For information please call Bailey Funeral Home Inc., Peapack, New Jersey.

1974-1975 Directory

February 25, 1976 Letter from Betty Hackman to Barbara Sandford

February 25, 1976 Letter from Betty Hackman to Barbara Sandford

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

1998-1999 PGC Annual Report

1996-1997 PGC Annual Report

Shakespeare Garden Plant Study 1992 - 1993

Wednesday, May 24, 1972 Courier News

Twenty volunteers took part in a "Plant-In" at the Madison-Park tract in Plainfield yesterday, sponsored by the Plainfield Beautification Committee. This group plants along the Front Street sidewalk.

(Betty is far left)

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1995-1996 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1995-1996 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1993-1994 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1991-1992 Year Book of the Garden Club of America

1988-1989 Year Book for the Plainfield Garden Club

1990-1991 Year Book for the Plainfield Garden Club

1992-1993 Year Book for the Plainfield Garden Club

1983 Plainfield Beautification Display

From Barbara Tracy Sandford's memorabilia. These 5 negatives were found in an envelope dated May 26, 1983. The envelope was addressed to Barbara from PGC Member Betty Hackman. One photo is labeled "Community Gardens 2nd St - Liberty St."

May 1983 Plainfield Beautification Display Community Gardens 2nd St - Liberty St.

Club History by Anne Marie v. G. Seybold

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


In 1979 we started to have three members providing arrangements for the membership meetings. We entered the Newark Museum's Christmas tree competition where Mrs. Charles Detwiller and Mrs. Eric Pfefferkorn won a red ribbon with the Mexican theme entry.

At the Zone IV Meeting Flower Show Mrs. Dwight Zeller won a second and Mrs. Robert Hackman an honorable mention.

In 1980 we exhibited at the newly established GCA Flower Show at City Corp's "Autumn in the Atrium" and also served as hostesses. At the Atrium show in October, 1982 our entry, "A City Window", won third prize and a collection of dwarf conifers captured first place. At the same show in 1984 a far more ambitious exhibit was undertaken. A four foot by six foot city garden was designed by Mrs. Willoughby Frost and, after being tenderly cared for by Mrs. Robert Hackman and her Committee for three months, was taken to New York and captured a blue ribbon for our Club.

A "free to the public" flower and craft show in the spring of 1983 involved every member. Under the excellent chairmanship of Mrs. Robert Hackman nothing was neglected or overlooked. Anticipating the show, able-bodied members tackled the grounds of the Plainfield Public Library extracting accumulated trash from the shrubbery, pruning, planting and fertilizing. Attractive posters announcing "Welcome, Sweet Springtime" were distributed and other garden clubs solicited to participate. They did this handsomely in the artistic and horticulture classes. Abstracta and pedestals which Mrs. Hackman managed to obtain from the GCA were most effective with the modern decor of the Library. Special thanks were given to husbands whose assistance throughout the show was invaluable. The craft exhibit revealed great talents in various fields and the public's genuine interest and praise were justly deserved and gratefully accepted.

1987-1988 Annual Report


The In-Club Flower Show was entered by almost all the membership, and evidenced by judging that took almost 2 1/2 hours, was highly praised. The theme of the show reflected by various Shakespeare quotes as defining the classes, was to commemorate our own Shakespeare Garden.

The Blue Ribbons were won by the following:

Novice: Joan Hunziker
Arrangement incorporating bricks: Betty Hackman
Line arrangement: Marge Elliott
Arrangement using daffodils: Evie Madsen
Arrangement using spring flowers: Mary Moon

We had two entries in the Zone IV Flower Show. Nancy and Sally Korll entered the miniature class and won a 3rd. Betty Hackman entered the Native Star Class and won an Honorable Mention.

I want to thank all members who made arrangements for the meetings. And special thanks to Nancy Kroll, Betty Hackman and Mary Moon for all their help throughout the year.

Respectfully submitted,
Sally Kroll

1987-1988 Annual Report

1987-1988 Annual Report

1989-1990 Annual Report

From the 1989-1990 Annual Report:

"The harvest Show at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum was held in September. Barbara Sandford won a third prize in her class, and Betty Hackman and Nancy Kroll received an honorable mention for their joint arrangement."

February 1, 1991 Letter from Betty Hackman

Found in Barbara Sandford's memorabilia.

Under the photo of the fox, a description was also stapled:

D. LADY FOX – a refined figure for your garden. Handcast of resin-marble composition and finished with a lead-tone patina. 14" high

Toy garden sculpture, #3852, 85.00 (9.50)

Handwritten on the photo of the fox: Ordered Oct 30 1990 Charles Keath Ltd.

Find A Grave

Birth: Oct. 7, 1924
Death: Jan. 31, 2009

Zions Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: DC
Record added: Nov 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44850442

1995-1996 Annual Report

1995-1996 Annual Report

1995-1996 Annual Report

1994-1995 Annual Report

1994-1995 Annual Report

1994-1995 Annual Report

1972 Slides from Barbara Tracy Sandford

January 1972 was the beginning of the Watergate scandal and the end of President Nixon, thanks to our own Plainfield Garden Club's Mrs. Cox's son (more on that later in '73 and '74) Barbara Sandford was busy in town planting trees, shrubs and flowers. These images capture the '72 fire department and "Chief for a Day" event; more Netherwood improvements; and other shots of the Queen City. Enjoy!

1972 Plainfield New Jersey

Betty worked on the Madison Park beautification Summer 1972