Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Mann, Mrs. Thomas D. (Toni Brower) '64

7 Pheasant Lane (1970/1975)
1073 Fish Crow Rd, Sanibel (1978/1983)

1984 - 1985: Affiliate
1985 - 1986: Resigned

Related to the following PGC Members:

Brower, Mrs. Henry Wyckoff (Euphemia Bakewell) '38
Burger, Mrs. Frank Gregg (Euphemia "Peggy" Brower) '54 *
Newberry, Mrs. E. B. (Euphemia Brower) '54*

*Believed to be the same person

Email exchange with Sally Genung Booth

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

June 10, 2011 at the Shakespeare Garden, Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield

A man came to the garden today to spread his aunt's ashes. He told the members that his aunt, who never married, brought him to the garden when he was little.

He said his aunt's family were Dutch art dealers and came from New York. He said his aunt lived "over on Kenyon" and we believe he said her last name was "Brower." He did not give his last name.

June 14, 2011

From Sally Genung Booth:

I think the Browers lived on Charlotte Road...her daughter...niece.?..,Toni (I don't remember her full name) was a good friend of my mother. She was married to Tom Mann. Do we know the name of the man who came to the garden? If I had not been so heat..sun stroked I would have paid more attention. I think I have a bohemian glass decanter (it's really quite attractive) that Mrs. Brower gave to my parents when they got married on my hall table. The Browers, I think, were descents of Audobon because they had some of his original prints. I do not remember that Toni was a member, but her mother may have been. I wish I knew who that was at the garden.

June 15, 2011

From Sally Genung Booth:

I am wondering if the man at the park was Toni and Tom Mann's youngest son. It wasn't eldest because he was very tall..I babysat for the youngest, but I can't remember his name. The middle child was Nancy, called Sister by everyone, but she died a number of years ago. Toni was the Brower. Are there any references to them in your research? They lived down the street from Phyllis

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 circa 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 Party ca. 1965

February 10, 1964 Letter to the Drake House by Barbara Sandford

The same Mrs. Mann?

Dear Mrs. Mann,

The Plainfield Garden Club wishes to resubmit its landscape plan for Drake House Museum in applying for the Sears Roebuck grant of 1964 "New Jersey – Preservation of the Past."

Because the Historical Society and the Junior League of Plainfield have been working away on the inside of "Drake House, Plainfield's only museum" and because of our plan and small efforts to "do something" for the grounds around Drake House, "the need has sprouted" and, praises be, the city Tercentenary Committee looked favorably upon our project and agreed to undertake all the work of the following paragraph. They are in the process of spending almost $5,000 donated to them by the city for paint, labor, bricks and laying medium on the driveway. It is most thrilling and heart warming.

You will notice that this plan has been redrawn with several changes; i.e., the driveway has been enlarged to permit parking and the mouth of the drive has been widened to allow cars to proceed in and out at the same time. Some "off center" planting behind the sign in the form of an American Hornbeam hedge has been added to hide the cars from the street. The walks are being created from blue stone flag to brick and new a new walk is added for convenient approach to the side street. The flag pole has been reset and is of a type that can be lowered for painting and repairs. The museum itself has received a coat of paint and looks very trim.

Along with the Spade and Trowel Garden Club has put in a memorial planting (again according to our plan) of three white dogwood trees and 100 vinka plants.

But for the drought last fall, the Drake House landscape committee would have had the area for the gardens leveled and put in a random planting across the back line of white pines and hemlocks with clumps of rhododendrons and laurel intersperced. This to be done at the first possible chance this spring. The next day ! we plan to begin laying out the brick paths of both the herb garden and the knot garden and to fertilize and seed the lawn.

Mrs. Harry Brokaw Smith will be in charge of planting the herb garden. Last years grant was earmarked for leveling and laying out the brick paths. This years grant, if we are lucky, will go toward the small hedge of holly which surrounds that garden.

With this tremendous boost, we feel at last that the ball is rolling and with luck, our goal will be reached.

Our goal? To have the grounds around Drake House a true demonstration of landscaping as it was in 1777, when Washington stood on the porch and directed his troops in the battle of the Short Hills.

Plainfield's part in the celebration of New Jersey's Tercentenery is to reenact this battle in June with the help of the Queen's Guard, an R. O. T. C. unit of Rutgers University.

Please help us to be ready.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara T. Sandford
Plainfield Garden Club

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

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.

Monday Afternoon Club Membership