Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Burger, Mrs. Frank Gregg (Euphemia "Peggy" King Brower) '54

Mrs. Frank Gregg Burger was Euphemia King Brower, daughter of PGC member Euphemia Bakewell Brower. She first married Charles Todd Newberry, Jr. and then later married Mr. Frank Gregg Burger. Please also see entries for Newberry, Mrs. E. B. '54 and Newberry, Mrs. Charles Todd, Jr.

1958 - 1990 Address: 1649 Forest Hill Road (1958/1988)

January 29, 1988. Peggy Burger requests to move her membership from 'Active' to 'Sustaining'

1984 - 1987: Active
1987 - 1992: Sustaining
1993 - 1994: Deceased

1988 Archives

Contributed to Polly Heely Memorial Fund

January 29, 1988

Mrs. F. Gregg Burger
1649 Forest Hill
Plainfield, New Jersey 07060

Mrs. Robert Vivian
President of The Plainfield Garden Club -

Dear Joan -

I would like very much to change my membership from Active to Sustaining.

I am unable to partake in the gardening activities that this Club does due to back problems.

Also since Gregg has retired we go away a great deal so it is impossible to attend every meeting – I come as often as possible, and of course will be happy to do my share of entertaining. This would [not legible] a pl;ace of an active new member.

I certainly will help with any projects that I can.

Cordially -
Peggy Burger

January 29, 1988

Hillside Cemetery

Could Euphemia Brower Burger be Peggy Burger? If so, she is related to PGC Member:

Mrs. Henry Wyckoff (Euphemia Bakewell) Brower '38

Email exchange with Sally Booth Genung

Yes on both counts...her son was (is?) Terry Newberry a Presbyterian minister and a classmate of Carter's at Brown. He assisted at our wedding. We have lost touch..She was Mrs.Thomas Mann's sister (I can't remember her first name for the minute.) She was the Aunt of that guy who I think was Tom (Tommy) Man who came to the garden with the ashes. Her first husband was a Newberry of the Newberry 5 and 10 cent stores. She grew up in the brick house on Charlotte Road. If I think of anything else of interest I'll let you know.
xoxo S.

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Subject: Question

Did either of you know Peggy Burger? Was her maiden name "Brower" by chance? Thanks – Susan

Email Exhange with Anne Morrell Shepherd

Yes I knew who she was. As a matter of fact she appeared at the same resort we were at in St. Croix - but never really knew her. Anne. I believe her name was Brower - but some how I think there was a second marriage somewhere along the line

In a message dated 9/15/2011 2:17:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Did either of you know Peggy Burger? Was her maiden name "Brower" by chance? Thanks – Susan

1936 Junior League Delegation

Anne Shepherd '77 presented this photo at the November 17, 2010 meeting held at Plainfield Country Club of the 1936 Junior League Delegation. Many of the women in the photograph were also Plainfield Garden Club members.

Anne's own mother, Mrs. Morrell, was a member of the Plainfield Garden Club.

Going from Left to Right:
Barbara Craig
Ruth Vermelier McKenny
Jean Anderson
Althea Steven
Dorothy DeHart
Jean Stuart
Nanette Hoy Nickerson
Peggy Burger
Nancy Kroll
Barbara Curbesier Stevenson

When shown to Barbara Sandford '54, who was in attendance, she recognized all the faces.

Anne added that the reason her mother had this photo was because she was "in charge of all the Junior League Provisionals" Anne is certain this photo was taken at 900 Charlotte, Plainfield, NJ

December 20, 2011

Anne Shepherd confirmed that "Peggy Berger" is indeed PGC Member Peggy Brower Burger

1936 Junior League back of photo

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.

Cath Detwiller's Plainfield Garden Club party ca. 1965

sent in by Rick Detwiller, June 13, 2012

Dear Susan -

I thought you would enjoy those photos and I'm glad they will be fun for the older members to see. I know that Betty Horn, Valentine Fort, Toni Mann, Peggy Brower Newberry-Burger, Betty Fitzpatrick, June Barlow and Dot Davis are among the group and it's good to know you recognized Mrs. Seybolt. I'm sure Mrs. Sandford will be glad to see so many friends with herself among them!

Laura Detwiller was Dad's Aunt - she was his father's sister. Attached are a few more of her watercolors she did when she lived in Greenville, NJ that you may want to add to her page. We have lots of them, but most are now in the collection of the Bronx Botanical Garden. Also attached is a picture of Dad, Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. with his mother Ethel Hassel Detwiller in what I believe is Aunt Laura Detwiller's garden at 971 Hillside Ave. in Plainfield when she would have been a Garden Club member. Aunt Laura or Charles Sr. must have taken the photo since I have another one of her in the garden, probably taken at the same time. I'll send that second photo along with more garden club related material as I find it.


Rick D.

Cath Detwiller's Plainfield Garden Club Party ca. 1965

1649 Forest Hill Road

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 partial
Property type: Single-Family Home
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Lot: –
Year built: 1937
Zip: 07060

This Single-Family Home is located at 1649 Forest Hill Road, Plainfield NJ. 1649 Forest Hill Rd is in the 07060 ZIP code in Plainfield, NJ. The average listing price for ZIP code 07060 is $230,880. 1649 Forest Hill Rd has 5 beds, 3 baths, and was built in 1937

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September 21, 2013 Email from Tom Mann


I can provide some more info to whoever is working on the genealogy of past members for the history portion of your website... Mrs. H.W. Brower '38 was my grandmother and both my mother and aunt were members. Sally Genung Booth thought it might have been me spreading ashes in the Garden...but it wasn't!

September 21, 2013

ear Tom,

Thank you for writing in! Yes, that was quite a day at the garden with the auntie's ashes! Sally Genung Booth had remembered babysitting for the family and had made a guess. As you can imagine, that young man just wanted to get on with his duties and leave.

Yes, we would love any information you could share with us about your family members that were in the garden club. We have become a resource for so many of these Plainfield families. It is very difficult to trace and preserve women's history when all the women are known by their husbands' names. Sadly, we cannot even find first names for many much less maiden names.

Did you know Sally? Her email is XXX if you wish to contact her directly.

Hope to hear from you –

Susan Fraser

September 21, 2013

Hi Susan,

I wil be glad to share pictures, etc. with you and maybe clear up some questions.... for example, my aunt, Euphemia (Peggy) Newberry Burger is listed 3 times in your list of notables!

Yes, I knew Sally. Her Mom and Dad were great friends of my parents and yes, she certainly did babysit for me! I think she went to Hartridge and was a few years younger than my sister.

Whoever did the research for your site did a fabulous job. I would like to contact that person or people because there was an old family manuscript that my mother and aunt had transcribed in the early 70's which is great but I have not been able to find the original manuscript in any of the family "treasure troves" – it is listed in the genealogy info for my grandmother and transcriptions are listed as being in the Plainfield Public Library which is good. I am trying to find the original to try to get it into a museum in Pittsburgh because it was written by a woman who was the daughter of one of the early "industrialists" there. I have her diary that covers a few years of her life in the 1820's and it includes a recipe for "serum" for rattlesnake venum! Very cool and I plan to give it to the Pittsburgh museum (the Frick Art & History Center).

Anyway, thanks for connecting!


September 21, 2013

Hi Tom –

I did the whole website! It has taken me a long time – I literally just sort through the boxes we have from peoples' attics and basements and throw stuff up in these "member files." I have many more boxes to go. I would love to work with you – where to begin? Maybe tell me the three names I have Aunt Euphemia under – ha!

At the Plainfield Public Library are some of our archives and of course they have an entire genealogy department that I haven't even begun to crack. The person I work with there is Sarah Hull and she is terrific. To find that manuscript (which is fascinating) I would start with Sarah, tell her you are working with me, etc.

I will probably see Sally this week so I will be sure to let her know you wrote in. She is fantastic – a third generation member of the PGC. Susan

September 21, 2013

You really have done great work sorting through all the stuff. Thank you!
In looking through the "notables" I or my parents knew most of them.

September 21, 2013

Take notes! The personal stories are the best. We are not really interested in who's husband worked at the Plainfield Trust, etc., etc. Susan

1961 Mrs. F. Gregg Burger

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

by Jill Koehler

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

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

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

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

Covers 3/4 of Acre

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

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

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

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

15-foot Holly

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

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

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

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

Herb Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Plantings

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

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

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

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

Sandstone Birdbath

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

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

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

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

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

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

Formal Garden

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

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

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

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


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


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.

Thursday, April 17, 1975 Scotch Plains-Fanwood, N. J.

Caption: Mrs. Leonard Sachar presents "Bouquet of Thanks" to Mrs. William P. Elliott as all members of the Bicentennial Committee and all guests join in the applause for a job well and beautifully done.

It was All Bustles, Bonnets and Bows at Shackamaxon

Scotch Plains stepped back into its past Saturday, as dozens of models demonstrated the appropriate manner of dress through bygone years. The event was a luncheon-fashion show, entitled "From Bustles, Bonnets, Bloomers to Bikinis." It was the first major undertaking of the Scotch Plains American Revolution Bicentennial Committee, and if the full house is any clue of what's to come, Scotch Plains Bicentennial activities will be overwhelmingly supported.

The show features over 60 outfits, running the gamut from the 1700's to the present. The costumes came from local attics from Drake House Museum in Plainfield, from old time residents such as Mrs. Clarence Slocum, Mrs. Walter Van Hoesen, Mrs. A. E. Duell and Mr. and Mrs. William Elliott; and from such modern manufacturers as Jantzen Swim Wear.

Mrs. William P. Elliott was chairman of the event.

As they were modeled by members of the Historical Society, Women's Club (afternoon, evening and junior divisions), College and Suburban clubs, they were described by narrator Mrs. Elizabeth Brown of Princeton, lecturer and a member of the Costume Society of America. She stressed the manner in which fashion repeats itself through the ages, pointing out the rotating lengthening and shortening of skirts.

There were "oohs and aahs" for many of the creations, from delicately embroidered 18th century gowns to modern day bikini, topped by a patriotically red-white-blue striped robe. Katherine Detwiller, wife of Charles Detwiller, president of the local Historical Society, wore an 1875 gown which had belonged to her grandmother-in-law. It was a summer organdy with overskirt in front and rear. Also from the 1860's or 70's was a yachting dress of green satin ribbon and white organdy, worn by Mrs. F. Gregg Burger. Fancy hooped and crinolined dresses weren't the only fashions which attracted attention, however. From 1905 there was an Annapolis uniform, and from 1913 era, a Wellsley gym suit. Arlene Emery modeled a 1940's Hollywood Original dress with shoulder pads, while Lynn Rupp appeared in a black satin strapless short gown she wore at Penn State in the 1950's. The show ran the gamut from informality, evidenced by an 1890's bathing suit and shoes to a very formal black velvet and silver ball gown worn to Calvin Coolidge's inauguration in 1915.

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

September 9, 2014 John James Audubon

September 9, 2014

Everyone might enjoy reading the NY Times article from the National Audubon Society. Can yo post this?

PGC NAL Chairman and PGC co-Chair Conservation
GCA National Chair Founders Fund

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From: Suzette Dewey
GCA Zone IV NAL and Conservation Rep
Garden Club of Somerset Hills
Date:09/09/2014 5:36 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Betse Gump ,Carrie Dyckman ,Diana Madsen ,Gwendolyn Wisely ,Joan White ,Kathleen Biggins ,Kathy Andrews ,Katy Kinsolving ,KV Dresdner ,Liz Silvernail ,Lynn Nebel ,Marit Robinson ,Mary Lewis ,Maureen Ogden ,Meryl Carmel ,Pam Mayer ,Susan Gordon
FW: National Audubon Society scientific report

More good reading,

Dear Committees,
I was pleased to see that the much anticipated National Audubon Society scientific report was released yesterday. I woke up this morning to David Yarnold being interviewed on NPR about the science. Mr. Yarnold, President of the National Audubon Society, spoke to the delegates at 2014 NAL. He is quoted in a New York Times article today saying" birds are resilient, but that climate change will test their limits."

Hearing the songs of birds,

Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America's Bird Species, Study Says

Lindsay Marshall
GCA Chairman National Affairs and Legislation Committee
mobile: 404-234-1099

EDITOR'S NOTE: Do you know that Plainfield, and more specifically, the PGC has a special connection to THE John James Audubon? His niece was Mrs. Henry Wyckoff (Euphemia Bakewell) Brower '38. The Plainfield Library has three original Audubon prints. One was inherited from the Catherine Webster's famed Ladies Home of Plainfield – where one seemingly went to live in their dotage and many of our members were residents. The Library hasn't connected the dots that the print is probably not from the Webster family, but most likely from the Bakewell-Brower-Newberry-Mann clan (we have many members from this family on our roster) as Mrs. Brower lived at the now defunct Ladies Home of Plainfield at 313 Franklin Place.

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