Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Furman, Mrs. Gerald Shackford (Victoria or "Vicky" Houck) '62

1968 Address: 1096 Oakland Avenue, Plainfield

June 2011: An invitation to Shakespeare-in-Bloom was delivered to 1096 Oakland Avenue.

1915-1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

In 1965, Victoria Furman assumed the daunting task of writing the 50 year-old history of the Plainfield Garden Club. The link above will show you the book she produced.

We have very little information on Mrs. Furman. Current (2010) PGC Member Sally Genung Booth remembers Mrs. Furman as a dear friend of her mother's, Mrs. Genung of Plainfield.

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Copy of the Membership List and Club History written by Mrs. T. R. Van Boskerck

Used in June 1942 when Plainfield Garden Club was sponsored for Garden Club of America by Short Hills Garden Club.

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

1096 Oakland Avenue

Plainfield Public Library
Detwiller Archives

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Collection Detwiller
Title Alteration to Furman Residence
Description plot plan; porch extension; acoustical tile ceiling; flagstone floor
Building Type Residence
Work Type Alteration and/or Addition
Elevation Yes
Condition Acceptable
Blueprint ID D-9716
Permit NOP407
Year of Permit 1962
Microfilm Roll 0213
Microfilm Frame 0742
Condition 1003
Address 1096 Oakland Ave
Historic District
City Plainfield, NJ
Architect Charles Detwiller Jr.
Architect Firm
Owner Furman
Business Owner

2013-10-27 Email Exchange

Dear Mrs. Faraone,

I stumbled upon your email exchange with the Plainfield Garden Club when I was searching for something else. To the best of my recollection, my family rented 717 Dixie Lane from about 1954 to 1958. I remember the Gastons. Mary Lightburn (the daughter of the Mary Lightburn you mention, I think) was one of my best friends. We were in the same class at Hartridge (1964). My mother, Victoria H. Furman, was an active member of the Plainfield Garden Club. She and my father, Gerald S. Furman, were friends with the Loizeaux and Detwillers. The Loizeaux daughter was also at Hartidge, Class of '64.

I notice there is no photo of my mother on the Notable Members list. I will try to remember to scan the photo I have of her at the Plant and Bake Sale at Drake House in 1962 and email it to you.

Sandy Furman

Hi Susan,

I have only just begun to delve deep into my mother's mysterious past (before Plainfield) and have found that she had many names before becoming the Victoria Houck Furman of Plainfield. I can't say when exactly she joined the Garden Club, except that she always seemed to be a member in my memory. She and my father married in 1931, and that is when they moved to Plainfield. I think their first house was on Watchung Avenue. Then they lived at 1470 Rahway Road (she was a Garden Club member then for sure, so you might want to look her up under that address) for quite a while before moving to Dixie Lane and then to 1096 Oakland Avenue. In 1970 they moved to New London, NH. My father died there in 1985. A year later my mother moved to Sweetwood, a CCRC in Williamstown, MA. She died there on December 24, 1988.

I'm not surprised my mother was tapped to write the first Club history, as she was a dedicated, freelance writer. I have many of her magazine articles, and of course her one book Five in a Tent, published by Parents Magazine Press in 1966. However, I don't think I have any Garden Club material. My brother may possibly have some buried among her other papers in his attic.

For starters, here is her passport picture.

I'll try to send more, when I get the chance.

Sandy Furman

October 28, 2013

To elaborate a bit on the "Five in a Tent" story - it is based on my letters home from camp. From 1960 to 1967 I attended Camp Allegro, Silver Lake, NH, first as a camper, then as a councilor in training, and then as a councilor. During those years my mother encouraged me to write detailed letters about my experiences. I never knew she was using those letters to write her book until it was published. That is why it is dedicated to me. She saved all my letters, which I still have. I am glad so many people enjoyed the book!

Sandy

Victoria H. Furman 1909 - 1988

Victoria H Furman 1909 - 1988 was a member of the Furman family. Victoria was born on February 6, 1909. Victoria died on December 1988 at 79 years old.

Victoria H Furman's last known residence is at Williamstown, Berkshire County, MA 01267.

New York Times August 20, 1931

MISS HOUCK WEDS GERALD S. FURMAN

Daughter of Le Roy S. Houck of Harrisburg, Pa., Married in First Presbyterian Church

BRIDE HAS NO ATTENDANTS

Ceremony is Performed by Rev. Martin D. Hardin Jr. – Wallace H. Furman His Brother's Best Man

The marriage of Miss Victoria Scott Houck, daughter of LeRoy S. Houck of Harrisburg, Pa., to Gerald Shackford Furman of Cranford, N. J., son of Mrs. Silas Holmes Furman of 136 Waverly Place, and the late Mr. Furman, took place yesterday noon in the First Presbyterian Church, Twelfth Street and Fifth Avenue. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Martin D. Hardin Jr., in the presence of members of the two families.

The bride was unattended. Mr. Furman had his brother, Wallace Holmes Furman, for his best man.

After a motor tip Mr. Furman and his bride will live in Plainfield, N.J.

The bride attended the Darlington Seminary, West Chester, Pa., and was graduated from Penn Hall, Chambersburg, Pa. Mr. Furman is with Merck & Co. in Rahway, N.J.

Five in a Tent by Victoria Furman

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Oct 07, 2012Tink rated it 5 of 5 stars
One of my favorite books from childhood. I read it the first summer I attended sleepaway camp (1968) and have read it at least once every year since then – still have my original copy. I am now a camp director...I LOVE camp. This is the best book about camp life I have ever read. Thank you, Ms. Furman!
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Jun 13, 2011Jaime added it
I must have read this book 30 times. I was so enthralled that my Mother decided to send me to camp, which was completely wonderful. Thanks Mom.
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Jul 25, 2011Laurie rated it 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book!!!! One of my favorites as a child, I need to find it for my own daughter!!
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Apr 29, 2010Maureen added it
My all time favorite kid book~I read it over and over as a kid, til it became a family joke!
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Nov 07, 2009Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars
My favorite book from childhood. I read it every year.
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Nov 30, 2007Betsy rated it 3 of 5 stars
I read this on Constance's recommendation, and I liked it, but it still isn't my favorite camp book – that honor is shared by "Laura's Luck" and "Just Plain Maggie."
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Mar 06, 2010CLM rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to CLM by: Fanueil Branch Library
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A great story about 12 year old Chris's long awaited summer at overnight camp and the other four girls who share her tent.
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Oct 24, 2013Helen Dunn rated it 5 of 5 stars

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Jun 27, 2011Jennifer LaFollette rated it 5 of 5 stars

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Five in a Tent by Victoria Furman

May 16, 1920

resource: Evening Telegram

Many in Society Will Pass Summer Abroad

Miss Marcis Huntington Furman, daughter of Mrs. Silas Holmes Furman, and a niece of Mrs. W. K. Bond Emerson, of this city, will be married to Mr. Olin Still Putnma at the home of her mother in Cranford, N.J., on June 1. She will be given away by her brother, Mr. Wallace Holmes Furman. The bridesmaids will be Miss Georgia Hansel, whose engagement has just been announced; Miss Elizabeth Pierson, of Westfield, N.J.; Miss Sara Kemper, of Alexandria, Va.; Miss Virginia Sperry and Miss Towl, of this city. Mr. Stewart Mac. M. Robinson, of Cleveland, Ohio, will be best man and the ushers will be Messrs. Gerald Shackford Furman, brother of the bride; John Garvan, Kenneth Stockton and Dudley Griffin.

1920 Social Register

1922 Harrisburg Directory

November 18, 1929 Harrisburg Telegraph

One hundred children will take part in the Mother Goose program to be presented under the auspices of the Camp Hill W. C. T. U., on Friday evening, November 29, in the high school auditorium at 7.45 o'clock. Mrs. B.' F. Wagoner, the director, will be assisted by a committee composed of members of each of the Camp Hill churches. The members are: Mrs. Leroy S. Houck, Lutheran; Mrs. D. G. Van De Boe, Episcopal; Mrs. M. D. Atland and Mrs. W. Sutton, Church of God; Miss Beth Stearns, Presbyterian, and Mrs. R. G. Hawbecker and Mrs. Fred Shaef - ' fer, Methodist. .." LeRoy S. Houck will be in charge of the decorations and stage settings. Mrs. Maurice Harrington is chairman of the ticket committee.

Class of 1925 Central High, Harrisburg, PA

Victoria Scott Houck

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September 2, 1919 New York Times

Putnam- Furman Engagement

October 20, 2013 Email with Sandy Furman

Here are the two pictures I took of my mother at the 1962 Drake House Sale.

1962 Drake House Sale

October 29, 2013 Email with Sandy Furman

Hi Susan,

And here is a 1970 picture I took of my mother with some of her closest friends: "Dodi" Roome, Betty Fitzpatrick, "Dot" Genung, and Charlotte Montgomery, the Good Housekeeping columnist who lived in Westfield.

I've also included one of my mother with the poet and writer Adele DeLeeuw, who lived a few doors down from us on Oakland Avenue with her illustrator sister, Cateau.

By the way, Hazel Lockwood and her husband Fritz were my godparents. They also lived on Oakland Avenue.

Sandy

Click here to see Furman Family Archives

UPDATE: Sally Genung Booth has written to say that is not her mother. Can anyone identify the lady in the white dress?

Victoria Furman and Adele De Leeuw

October 30, 2013 Email from Sandy Furman

Here are the two pictures I have of Shirley Barnhart, taken at a backyard barbecue given by my parents in the summer of 1970. They are not as good as the others, but maybe you can do something with them.

Dodie Roome and Shirley Barnhart

we often visited the Roomes at their house in Wolfeboro, NH and the Sandfords had a house nearby.

My mother loved to entertain. 1970 was their last year in Plainfield. She probably wanted to say goodbye to all her friends. She must have missed them terribly up in remote New London, NH.

Summer 1970 at the Furmans

Victoria serves Dodie Roome and Shirley Barnhart

1970 Summer at the Furmans with Dodie Roome and Shirley Barnhart

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Thursday, December 17, 1964 The Courier News

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

Garden Club Entertained at Historic Lee House

By VICTORIA FURMAN
(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.

April 23, 1965 Garden Club History Reviews Past 50 Years

A history of the Plainfield Garden Club was presented to members Wednesday by Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd at the club's annual meeting in the home of Mrs. Edgar F. Davis, 1080 Rahway Rd. Mrs. Alexander Kroll was co-hostess.

The history has been published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Garden Club, which was formed in 1915.

The first part of the history was written by a charter member, now deceased, Mrs. Thomas Van Boskerck. The second part, covering the years from 1940-1965, was written by Mrs. Gerald Furman, and highlights the accomplishment of all the departments of the club.

Special emphasis is given to the three continuing projects: the Shakespeare Garden started in 1927; the Dogwood Collection, sponsored since 1946; and the Iris Garden begun in 1932; all in Cedar Brook Park. These three gardens have received national recognition and many awards for excellence.

The Union County Park Commission has just named the dogwood planting, "The Harriette R. Halloway Cornus Collection," in appreciation of the club's many years of service to park activities. Miss Halloway, 90, is the Garden Club's oldest living member and an authority on cornus and iris.

Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick, nominating chairman, present the slate of officers which was elected as follows: President, Mrs. Wayne J. Holman Jr.; first vice president, Mrs. David Sanders; second vice president, Mrs. F. Gregg Burger; treasurer, Mrs. William K. Dunbar Jr.; recording secretary, Mrs. C. Northrup Pond; and corresponding secretary, Mrs. C. Benson Wigton Jr.

Mrs. Holman and Mrs. Sandford will attend the annual meeting of the Garden Club of America in Cleveland, Ohio from May 10-14. Mrs. Holman will present a resume of recent program given by members of the Plainfield Club on the botanical background of the mallow plant family.

Mrs. John Wells of Valley Road, Watchung, said the club will again give scholarships to the Audubon summer camps or the N. J. State School of Conservation at Stokes Forest, as has been done since 1941. School teachers and scout leaders are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

A colored movie, entitled "Wings Over Blitzen," was shown, picturing wildlife in its natural state in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore.

Tea followed the meeting. Mrs. C. Benson Wigton and Mrs. Blanche P. Nash presided at the tea table, which was decorated with an arrangement of white spring flowers.

October 1, 1965

Personally Speaking

The Plainfield Garden Club will hold a reception for its members tomorrow evening at the Monday Afternoon Club to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding. Among those who will entertain at small dinner parties at their home are Mr. and Mrs. William P. Elliott, "Lee House," Scotch Plains; Mr. and Mrs. Gerald S. Furman of 1096 Oakland Ave., Mr. and Mrs. Wayne J. Holman Jr. of 1029 Rahway Rd., and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Roome of 1071 Cooper Rd.

50th Anniversary Party 1965

Barbara Sandford, Hazel Lockwood and Victoria Furman

October 30, 2013 Furman Family Sends in Memorabilia

Sandy Furman sent her last two garden club photos and for the first time, we have a nice photo of Shirley Clark Barnhart '48.

October 29, 2013

Sandy Furman has sent in four more photos from her mother's momentos and they are worth taking a peek. She included a 1970 photo with three other PGC members: Dodie Roome; Betty Fitzpatrick; and Sally's mom, Dot Genung! UPDATE: Sally has just written to say that is not her mother . . . can anyone identify the lady in the white dress? Click here.

Also hilarious are two photos of Mrs. Furman dressed up for that crazy period-costume 1962 bake sale at the Drake house.

October 28, 2013

Another family contacts the PGC! Mrs. Furman's daughter has just stumbled across the website and was thrilled to see her mother's virtual scrapbook and has added to it – including a great photograph! See: Mrs. Gerald S. (Victoria Houck) Furman '62.

Mrs. Furman is particularly important to the PGC as it was she who wrote the incredible 50th Anniversary History in 1965. Betty Hackman had shared her copy and it is this document that began the research project into the 250-plus former members of the Club.

When informed of this huge contribution, Mrs. Furman's daughter was not surprised for it seems Mrs. Furman was a well known published author. She is most famous for penning a book on sleep-away camp titled Five in a Tent. It remains a childhood favorite for many.

So it is no wonder that the 50th Anniversary History is so well done – it was written by a published free lancer (Mrs. Furman) and illustrated by the well known artist and PGC member, Mrs. Acomb.

Club History by Anne Marie v. G. Seybold

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

Opening . . .
The first fifty years (1915-1965) of the Plainfield Garden Club have been chronicled by Mrs. Thomas Van Boskerck and Mrs. Gerald Furman who have written so beautifully of its establishment and development, its initiatives and accomplishments. To continue with the next twenty years, the following will briefly touch upon the programs and problems, successes and semi-successes of our diverse interests in a time of increasing challenge and complexity.

Closing . . .
In the preceding pages I have tired to highlight activities and events of the past twenty years. All information was gleaned from minutes, reports, scrapbooks and Mrs. Gerald Furman's history, published in 1965, all of which has been my sole reading material for the past few months.

Vivat – Crescat – Floreat, Plainfield Garden Club!

Anne Marie v. G. Seybold

January 12, 2014 Release of Barbara Tracy Sandford's 1969 slides

The year 1969 was memorable. The nation's headlines were filled with news of Nixon's 1st year in the White House; anti-Vietnam War demonstrations; Woodstock; Neil Armstrong's walk on the Moon; and the Miracle Mets.

Barbara Sandford was busy here in Plainfield with beautifying the new public library and park; inspiring the Club with the Vest Pocket Park civic project; and finally garnering some recognition from the mayor's office for her efforts. See it all here: 1969 Plainfield

**Within the film is a photo of the article regarding the "Mini Park" created by the PGC under the direction of Mrs. Furman

Mrs. Gerald S. Furman

The planting of colorful geraniums was the final touch – the outgrowth of many meetings held by the Garden Club Conservation Committee headed by Mrs. Gerald S. Furman

January 26, 2014 email

January 26, 2014

1973 was an historic year for our nation. The Watergate scandal occupied most headlines and the stand-off between Nixon and his nemesis, Plainfield's own son, Archibald Cox, riveted not only Plainfield and the U.S., but the world.

Archibald Cox grew up at 1010 Rahway Road. "Archie's" mother was Plainfield Garden Club member Frances Perkins Cox '25.

In May 1973, Professor Cox (Harvard Law) was named special prosecutor to the Watergate scandal. It was he that demanded Nixon release the tapes and he refused Nixon's attempts at compromise. It was this tough stand that eventually led to Nixon's resignation.

Also in May 1973, the Washington Post, upon learning of Cox's appointment, was quick to announce that Archibald Cox was in no way related to Nixon's new son-in-law, Ed Cox. (Remember he and Tricia Nixon were married in the White House rose garden in 1971.) Hmm.

Well, the PGC suspects that there is some DNA that floats between the two men. At the very least, the Washington Post missed the familial relationships between the two "Cox" factions – and probably because they were known to one another through the female sides of the family, which is frequently ignored when tracing genealogy.

Nixon's son-in-law, Edward Ridley Crane Cox, was named for his great-grandmother, PGC member Annie Ridley Crane Finch '21 who lived in "Graystone" on Park Avenue and was a fellow PGC club member with Archibald's mother, Frances. Archibald had many relatives in the PGC (most notably the Perkins and Tracy families) so other than the PGC (and most likely Archibald) no man made the press at the time any wiser to their "circle of acquaintance" back in Plainfield.

Meanwhile Barbara Tracy Sandford began a new endeavor: Childrens Gardens. She solicited large corporations (Bell Labs, Sears) and received monies to start the gardens. Most notably, she started the Elmwood Garden Club, near the now famous Elmwood apartments in the West End. Local award-winning filmmaker Alrick Brown is working on a new film titled My Manz which is about growing up in the Elmwood Garden Projects of Plainfield.

To see what Elmwood looked like in '73 and other parts of the Queen City:

1973 Plainfield, New Jersey


Response:

Hi Susan,

Your researches into history are fascinating! I didn't realize that Archibold Cox's family lived right down the road from the Furmans, who lived at 1470 Rahway Road (I lived there until I was 8 years old). Not only that, for two summers in the 1950s, the Furmans vacationed in a rented house in Westhampton, Long Island, just down the road from the other Cox family. My brother played with little Eddie Cox who famously married Tricia Nixon, and I played with his older sister Maisie. They had an older brother named John. To top it off, Richard Nixon and wife Pat visited Plainfield on one of their campaigns. We Hartridge students were let out to see them, and I shook their hands! That was before Watergate, of course.

Sandy Furman

Cornus Arboretum

From the 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

Our beautiful dogwood trees stand on what was once the city dump. The story of this evolution of beauty began in 1929 when Mrs. Charles Eaton presented 50 dogwood trees to Cedar Brook Park from her own woods. In 1931, with Mrs. Henry Wells as Chairman, 45 dogwood trees, white and pink, were donated by the Plainfield Garden Club and were planted on one side of the drive entering from Park Avenue. Nine years later, (1940), under the guidance of Mrs. Thomas R. Van Boskerck and Mrs. William Holliday, 110 trees were added to extend the first row and to form another on the opposite side of the road. Since this planting coincided with our own 25th anniversary, a large boulder bearing a bronze marker was placed near the entrance.

In 1946, the Park Commission, a group of progressive and dedicated gentlemen, asked our Club if we would sponsor a Cornus Arboretum, using the Dogwood Drive as a foundation. We accepted – indeed, yes! A committee was formed with Miss Harriette R. Halloway as Secretary and Advisor, whose goal it was to include every Cornus, Specie and Cultivar, which was obtainable and which would thrive in this climate. Through the years, chairmen have included Mrs. R. T. Stevens, Mrs. George His, and Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler. As in our other gardens, the Park Commission has planted, raised seedlings in their nursery and provided maintenance.

Through purchases, gifts and exchanges with other Arboretums, 26 varieties were planted in the next five years. By 1948, there were 219 trees, giving masses of beautiful spring bloom as well as fall display of foliage and berries. Thousands of visitors walked or drove through this fairyland of beauty, surely the better for having seen it.

Today, through the inspired leadership of Miss Halloway, the Cornus Collection contains more than sixty varieties, some quite rare. All the others being horticultural selections of "clones" (cultivars). Experts consider the Cornus Collection to be the outstanding horticultural and civic achievement of our Club. It was highly gratifying in 1957, when officials from the New York Botanical Garden came out to see it.

Prof. Benjamin Blackburn, in a recent article in the American Horticulture Magazine says, 'It does not appear that a comparable collection exists. The Cornus Collection offers an admirable example of cooperation between groups interested in the cultural and horticultural riches of a municipality . . . none other is known to the writer to be existing elsewhere in the country."

To quote Miss Halloway, "each year the trees continue to be beautiful and a joy, if not forever, at least for many years."

Written by Victoria Furman