Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Pfefferkorn, Mrs. Eric S. (Nancy) '72

1973 - 1980 Directory Address: 1450 Rahway Road, Plainfield

President 1977 - 1979

1981: Mrs. Nancy Pfefferkorn passed away

There seems to have been two Mrs. Eric S. Pfefferkorns in the PGC. It is assumed that "Lyn" mentioned in this file was a second wife and a short-lived member of the club. She joined in '91 and left in '93.

Shakespeare Garden 50th Anniversary Party

Shakespeare Garden 50th Anniversary Party

Handwritten in album: Nancy Pfefferkorn

Shakespeare Garden 50th Anniversary Party

Back of Photo

Nancy Pfeff. speaking

1978 - Anniversary Garden Party

Shakespeare Garden 50th Anniversary

June 1978

Top Photo: Nancy Pfefferkorn

Bottom Photo: Jay Morse

Shakespeare Garden 50th Anniversary party

June 1978

Nancy Pfefferkorn

Shakespeare Garden 50th Anniversary Party

Back of Photo

Shakesperare Garden 50th Anniversary Party

June 13, 1978

Top photo: peonies

Middle photo: Dana Wigton, Bev Reid, Anne Zeller

Botton photo: Shakespeare Anniversary Party

Shakespeare Garden 50th Anniversary Party

June 13, 1978

Listening to our President (Nancy Pfefferkorn) at Anniversary

Shakespeare Garden 50th Anniversary Party

Back of Photo

March 17, 1981

March 18, 1981 Meeting Minutes

December 20, 1982

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Lyn Pfefferkorn

April 15, 1992

Dear Elizabeth,

Thank you for allowing me to change my membership to one of affiliation in the Plainfield Garden Club.

Although Eric and I are pleased with this new direction in our lives, my one regret is how short my enjoyment was with the group.

We do plan to be back to visit, and I hope those dates will coincide with a Garden Club meeting.


Lyn Pfefferkorn

from the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

postmark JUN 4 1993

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Lyn Pfefferkorn

June 3, 1993

Dear Anne,

Please accept my resignation from the Plainfield Garden Club.

I have joined not one, but two garden clubs here! Everyone said that it would take two years to get used to southern gardening – but I'm pleased the way our new gardens are growing.

Eric joins me in wishing all of our friends well. We have many fond memories of where we lived for so many years.

Our new home in Chapel Hill is always open to the snow birds!

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity of being a part of the Plainfield Garden Club.


Lyn Pfefferkorn

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report May 15, 1992

February 13, 1992 The Times, Scotch Plains

Eric S. Pfferkorn of Scotch Plains retired general manager of Marketing for Chevron USA, Inc. elected to the Board of Governors of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center.

Pfefferkorn has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Muhlenberg Foundation since 1989, directing the successful Foundation Golf Classic for the past three years.

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report May 9, 1994

The Courier News July 7, 1977

Heat does not deter Plainfield Garden Clubbers

By Michael Shapiro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Courier News July 7, 1977

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

1984 Questover Designers Showhouse Program

Questover Program pages 1 through 55

Questover Program pages 56 through 106

Questover Program pages 107 through 131

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

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

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

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

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Cover to Page 25

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 26 to 50

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 51 to 75

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 76 to End

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.

May 1982 Designer Showhouse: 1127 Watchung Avenue

Cover to Page 25

Page 26 to Page 51

Page 52 to Page 75

Page 76 to Back Cover

**PROGRAM: Mrs. Eric S. Pfefferkorn, Chairman

Eric. S. Pfefferkorn

Eric S Pfefferkorn 1915 - 2005 was a member of the Pfefferkorn family. Eric was born on September 16, 1915. Eric died on September 15, 2005 at 89 years old.

Eric S Pfefferkorn's last known residence is at Chapel Hill, Orange County, NC 27517.

February 13, 1992

February 13, 1992

1974-1975 Directory

Plainfield Historical Society Memorabilia From the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford

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

Plainfield Historical Society Memorabilia

Index (73 pages)

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

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.


Mrs. Eric Pfefferkorn and Mrs. Noah Barnhart demonstrated their successful skill in "Growing Under Lights" and "Hydroponics."