Archives of American Gardens
In honor of American Archives Month 2009, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens (AAG) is pleased to present a selection of historic glass lantern slides of gardens dated from the 1920s and 1930s, considered a “golden era” for gardens in our nation’s history. The photos feature private estate gardens, many of which are now open to the public as historic houses and gardens, parks, arboreta and wilderness areas.

The gardens featured in this set of images are but a handful of photographic documentation of gardens from the Garden Club of America Collection. The gardens documented in this extensive collection illustrate the design work of dozens of landscape architects including Marian Coffin, Beatrix Farrand, Lawrence Halprin, Hare & Hare, Umberto Innocenti, Gertrude Jekyll, Jens Jensen, Warren Manning, the Olmsted Brothers, Charles Platt, Ellen Biddle Shipman, and Fletcher Steele.

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