Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Foster, Mrs. David Scott (Constance Elena or "Connie" Titus) '46

Unknown year: 1200 Prospect

1946 - 1947 Treasurer Book, Active: Foster, Mrs. David S. 12/4/46 Pd. $2.50

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book, Active: Foster, Mrs. D. S. May 27, 1947 June 4, 1948 June 8, 1949 June 15, 1950 May 1951 June 1952

1937: 1356 Martine

1939: 717 Dixie Lane

1942: 754 Dixie Lane

1945: 1226 Denmark Road

1953 - 1978 Address: Clarke's Lane, Scotch Plains

1980 Address: Dorset, VT

June 2011: Delivered a Shakespeare-in-Bloom invitation to 1356 Martine Avenue.

Connie Foster '46

Daughter-in-law to PGC member Mrs. Howard C. Foster '18

Born April 12, 1911
Married Mrs. Foster's son, David Scott, June 19, 1933
Died August 19, 1988

As an on-line album documenting her life, including photos of some blue ribbons won at the Plainfield garden club. To view, click: Scott Foster's photos of Constance Elena Titus Foster

Addresses of Connie & David Foster

Connie grew up in Trenton at 30 Purdicaris.

The new couples' first home was on Martine, Plainfield
The next home was 1940 - 1943 at 754 Dixie Lane
This was followed by the construction of the house on Clarke's Lane, Scotch Plains in 1951 and the Foster family moved in October 1952
Connie and Dave Foster also had a home in Dorset, VT on Peace Street

The album contains photos of all the homes and gardens. It includes a beautiful little drawing of a daffodil Connie did as a child as well as photos of her as an adult with daffodils.

Friends of Connie and David Foster

The album is fun to flip through as many PGC members are either mentioned or photographed. They include a beautiful portrait done by Jenny Acomb (no doubt related to PGC Member Mrs. Acomb), Loizeaux, Kroll, Genung, Foster and others.

Connie Foster '46

House and garden in Dorset, VT

Connie Foster '46

Garden on Clarke's Lane, Plainfield

Connie Foster '46

Garden on Clarke's Lane, Scotch Plains

Connie and David Foster

Connie Foster '46

Connie Foster '46

Connie Foster '46

Connie Foster '46

Connie Foster '46

Connie Foster '46

Connie Foster '46

Connie Foster '46

1915-1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

1915-1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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

From PGC Member Connie Foster's on-line album

717 Dixie Lane, Plainfield

717 Dixie Lane

Price: $499,900

Address: 717 Dixie Lane, Plainfield, NJ, 07060
Property type:
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

Presented by:Faith Maricic of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Phone: 908-301-2029


717 Dixie Lane

717 Dixie Lane

717 Dixie Lane

717 Dixie Lane

717 Dixie Lane

754 Dixie Lane

1226 Denmark Road

Historical People Buried at Hillside Cemetary

Julian Scott (1846-1901) Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient; Artist

717 Dixie Lane

Plainfield Public Library
Detwiller Papers

Blueprint ID D-9971
Permit NOP185
Year of Permit 1955
Microfilm Roll 0215
Microfilm Frame 0617
Condition 1003
Address 754 Dixie Lane
Historic District
City Plainfield
Architect Charles Detwiller, Jr.
Architect Firm
Owner Dinneen
Business Owner
City of Plainfield
Planning Department
Historic District Addresses
Address 748-760 Dixie Lane
Block 936
Lot 8
Year Built 1925
Architectural Style Colonial Revival
Historic District Netherwood Heights

Collection Detwiller
Title Alteration to Residence
Description Proposed renovation to kitchen in residence.
Building Type Residence
Work Type New Building
Condition Acceptable

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

Listed in the program is David Scott Foster, Jr.

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

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

**PATRON: Mr. and Mrs. David Scott Foster, Jr.

1954 Check Book

No. 1078
April 22, 1954
N.Y. Botanical Garden
dues - sustaining
1954 - 55

No. 1079
May 13, 1954
Constance T. Foster
Flowers for Mrs. W. Tyler
& Mrs. DeForest

No. 1080
May 13, 1954
Esther B. Perkins
change for cash box for Garden Fair

1954 Check Book

No. 1102
May 27, 1954
Constance T. Foster
expenses and articles cons. equipment for coner cupboard

No. 1103
May 27, 1954
Valley Shop
ashtrays . . . . signment for corner cupboard

No. 1104
May 27, 1954
Von Graff Greenhouses

1958 Check Book

No. 1334
Dec. 17, 1958
Connie Foster

1947 Check Book

No. 628
Jan. 20, 1947
Garden Club of America
Mrs. Frost
Mrs. Elliott
Mrs. Foster

No. 629
Feb. 17, 1947
Emma B. Coriell
for conservation
luncheon guests

No. 630
Feb. 19, 1947
Mrs. Walter Hine
Feb. lecture
Program $25.00

Residence of Mrs. Walter Scott, 418 East Front Street

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.

publication circa 1917

Residence of F. W. O'Neil, 1226 Denmark Road

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.

publication circa 1917

1965 50th Anniversary of the Garden Club

David Foster (husband of Mrs. David Scott (Constance Elena Titus) Foster '46 and Mrs. Edward H. III (Margaret or "Marge" Cone) Ladd '41, President 1951 - 1953, 1962 - 1964

1965 50th Anniversary of the Garden Club

David Foster third from right (yellow apron)

1965 50th Anniversary of the Garden Club

David Foster, third from right.

1965 50th Anniversary of the Garden Club

Mr. Foster third from right

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Tuesday, September 28, 1965 Courier News

The Plainfield Garden Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a formal reception at the Monday Afternoon Club at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd is general chairman.

Invitations have been sent to all members and their husbands, according to Mrs. Homer P. Cochran, invitations chairman.

Other chairmen are: Hospitality, Mrs. David F. Sanders; decorations, Mrs. William P. Elliott and Mrs. David S. Foster; and program, Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood.

The Plainfield Garden CLub was organized in 1915 by 48 charter members under the leadership of the late Mrs. Frank O. herring. its primary concern, today as then, is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among its members and to encourage interest in horticulture, conservation and civic planning and planting.

The Shakespeare Garden, Iris Garden and Cornus collection in Cedar Brook Park are several of the many civic projects initiated by the club.

Monday, October 5, 1970 Courier-News

City garden club to host zone meeting

PLAINFIELD – Four national officers of the Garden Club of America, several national committee chairmen and a number of zone chairmen from all over the United States will be guests of the Plainfield Garden Club Wednesday and Thursday at a New Jersey Zone meeting here. They will join some 45 delegates from the 11 garden clubs in the New Jersey area affiliated with the Garden Club of America.

This marks the first time the 55 year-old Plainfield Garden Club, which has been a member of the national organization since 1944, has hosted a zone meeting. An extensive tour of the Garden Club's many beautification and conservation projects in Plainfield will be a major activity on the Wednesday schedule.

There also will be business, horticultural and conservation meetings and special guests speakers, tours of private gardens of two members, a garden walk along Rahway Road, a dinner at the Plainfield Country Club Wednesday evening and a cookout luncheon at the F. Willoughby Frost barn on Rahway Road Thursday.

The emphasis on the two day meetings will be conservation. Dr. E. Alan Bromely, professor of nuclear physics at Yale University, will discuss clean power and its relation to conservation efforts at the dinner Wednesday.

Other speakers will be Dr. Robert E. Loveland, associate professor of Zoology at Rutgers University, who will discuss ecology at a conservation meeting Thursday morning at a 9:30 a.m. in the home of Mrs. Alden R. Loosli, 927 Rahway Road.

Herb horticulture will be the topic Wednesday at a meeting in the Monday Afternoon Club, by Mrs. William Y. Dear Jr., a life member of the Herb Society of America.

The bus tour of Plainfield on Wednesday afternoon will include visits to the Vest Pocket garden in Park Avenue near Depot Place, which the Plainfield Garden Club planned and planted last year and cares for on a continuing basis; the Shakespeare Garden in Cedarbrook Park which was first conceived in 1927; the Iris Garden and the dogwood collection there; a number of plantings of shade trees in the downtown area and other beautification projects the club has undertaken or supported.

The garden walk, planned through gardens on Rahway Road, will take place Thursday morning from Mrs. Loosli's home at 11:30 a.m. following the conservation meeting.

The tour will include the grounds, home and gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Roswell H. Rausch, Mr and Mrs. DeWitt D. Barlow Jr., Mr. and Mrs. F. Willoughby Frost, Mr. and Mrs. David F. Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. David S. Foster and will conclude at the 200-year-old home of Mrs. Laurence S. Heely.

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Stevens will be hosts of a cocktail part for the delegates Wednesday evening, prior to the dinner at the country club at which Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood will be hosts.

Mr. and Mrs. Rausch have planned a cocktail party prior to Thursday's cookout at the Frost barn and hosts at this luncheon will be Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Holman Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. David F. Sanders. Mrs. Holman is chairman of arrangements for the two-day meetings and Mrs. Sanders is co-chairman. Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold is president of the Plainfield Garden Club.

Monday, October 5, 1970 Courier-News

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Fanny Day, in blue and white print dress, facing away and speaking to the woman in the white dress which may be Connie Foster.

Polly Heely in dark blue speaking to Henry Farnum, facing away, in the red and white plaid jacket.

1980 Princeton Alumni Weekly


Classmates will be ? to learn of Dave Foster's death. Dave was one of a large contingent of outstanding Hotchkiss boys who entered our freshman class. He left in sophomore year to enter the brokerage business becoming a member of the New York Stock Exchange and spending 40 years as a trader on its floor. he was an extremely successful and ?? respected broker, serving ?? as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the exchange and president of the ?? of Stock Exchange Firms. For most of his business life he was a partner of Pershing & Co. His home, before he ?? was in Plainfield, N.J. Over the years he was active in the Plainfield Community Chest. He served nine years as a deacon of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, and in New York ?? himself with the Salvation Army, ?? Hospital, Polio Fund, Red Cross and Blood Bank drives.

Dave's outstanding characteristic as an undergraduate, and through life, was an unusual warmth and sweetness of nature that made him friends wherever he went. Some years ago he was elected member of the Cap and Gown Club by a group of classmates who were particularly fond of him and who would have been in his ??? had he stayed in college.

Dave as an erratic golfer, a haphazard gardener, and a pretty good pain and accordion player – be he enjoyed doing all those things enormously, as he did his weekly meetings with the society (Retired Old Men Eating Out), a group that met regularly in Dorset, VT, to which place he and Connie had moved for their retirement years. He spent his winters in Yeaman's Hall, SC, in a house he shared with as many friends that it was christened "Chock-Full-O-nutes." He eventually bought the others out and it became his and Connie's winter house. It was there, on Nov. 21, that he was able to celebrate a wonderful ?? birthday reunion with his four children and nine grandchildren, although in badly failing health. He died less than two weeks later on Dec. 5. To Connie, his wife of 47 years, to his son, Scott Crosby, and Nicholas, to his daughter Natalie Colmore and to his sister, Mrs. Warner Brackett, the class extends its deepest sympathy for theirs – and our - loss.

Class of 1932

1980 Princeton Alumni Weekly

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Detwiller blueprints 754 Dixie Lane

August 8, 2015

Library offers trove of vintage Plainfield home blueprints for sale

Plainfield homeowners and history buffs are getting a one-of-a-kind opportunity as the Plainfield Public Library prepares to offer upwards of 3,000 blueprint originals from its Detwiller Collection for sale to the public.

The blueprints offered for sale are part of a trove of many thousands recovered from a dumpster at City Hall by the late Plainfield architect and artist Charles Detwiller.

While many of Plainfield's grand homes and mansion are among the blueprints (though fewer than originally, owing to some 'fingering' before strict controls were put in place), the appeal of the collection will be stronger for those who live in or admire the more modest vintage homes from the turn of the 20th century to the World War II era.

These homes include many classic Tudors and other 'cottage' and 'revival' styles, as well as 'foursquares', ranches and Cape Cods and more contemporary stules.

These represent the bulk of Plainfield's building stock from its most expansive period and they were often enough improved or expanded – giving rise to the need for plans showing the original building and the proposed alterations to be filed with the City's inspections department.

It is those blueprints, which have now been cataloged and digitized, that are being offered for sale. In library parlance, they have been de-accessioned, meaning that they no longer need be kept permanently by the Library and are available for dispostion to private parties.

The Library has a portal to the Charles Detwiller Blueprint Collection on its website (see here) and has made a complete list of the blueprints for sale also available online (see here).

The list is alphabetized by street name, and then number. However, I would advise reading the Library's instructions closely so you make the proper notations for your request (see here) – easing the staff's task in finding the item(s) in which you are interested. Paying attention to the suggested time frames needed and numbers of items per request will help you avoid headaches. So, please read and follow the instructions carefully – as carpenters like to say, 'measure twice, cut once'.

The sale will run from September 1 to November 13, 2015 in a two-step process –

You check the offerings to find items that interest you, making careful notations; and

You and the Library work out a pick-up appointment, at which you will be able to view the actual items and make a final decision on your purchase.

Single-page blueprints are priced at $50 each and multiple-page sets at $100. Cash or credit cards are fine, but the Library will not accept personal checks.

Proceeds of the sale will be used to finance the further digitization of the blueprint collection – meaning that we can look forward to another offering of materials at some future point.

The Detwiller Collection is absolutely unique in its size and scope, covering decades of Plainfield history and thousands of buildings throughout the city. Plainfield residents owe Charlie Detwiller a debt of gratitude for his perspicacity that cannot be repaid.

And we owe a debt of gratitude to Library Director Joe Da Rold for the vision that saw in these rescued documents an invaluable resource for the community, and devised means and methods of ensuring these fragile records would be available to Plainfield residents permanently through having them digitized.

Mr. Detwiller is the late husband of PGC Honorary member Cath Detwiller. Mr. Detwiller's Aunt Laura was a long-time member of the PGC and a very talented botanical artist. Read about the Detwiller family here:

Detwiller, Mrs. Charles H. (Catherine or "Cath" Campbell), Jr. '57

Detwiller, Miss Laura Cecelia '29

And Mr. Detwiller's in-laws:

Campbell, Mrs. William Hall (Mabel C. Raper) '28

Davis, Mrs. F. Edgar (Dorothy or "Dottie" Campbell) '60