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"Rock Garden at Blithewold" by Marjorie Van Wickle Lyon. Shows rock path thru the rock garden, tall evergreen at left. Deciduous tree at right. Colors of red, green and gold. Exhibited at Copley Society, Boston 1963 Artwork and frame original, mat and glass archival-non collection

Image of Painting - 1922

Painting - 1922

Oil sketch, titled "Lotus." Woodland setting, with tall white flowers in the foreground. Various shades of green, some red, pink, gray, white flowers. Frame is wood, painted black in outer border, with a filigree-type design, painted in gold. Paper backing. Estelle Clements owned this painting.

Image of Painting - 1950s-1970s

Painting - 1950s-1970s

Scene depicts the water garden at Blithewold in the spring. Spring shrubs and water lilies are featured. Colors are green, yellow, pink and brown As a child Marjorie took painting lessons one summer with Mrs. Lulu Pratt, and another with Hannah Drury, both of Bristol. One of her earliest watercolors was done in 1897 when she was 13. Another watercolor dates to around 1900 when she was 16 years old. Marjorie's love of painting blossomed in her late 60's after her husband, George Lyon, died.

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This piece is described by Sotheby's as a Chinese stoneware barrel form garden seat of hexagonal form, glazed in cobalt blue. Each section is pierced with a decoration of yellow, white and brown flowers on a green stem. A butterfly sits on the right side of each stem.

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Box -

This is a simple unfinished pine slat box for garden plants. It is nailed roughly together.

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Box -

This is a simple unfinished pine slat box for garden plants. It is nailed roughly together.

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Sprayer, Hand -

This is a plant mister with a ceramic base and a metal sprayer top. The beige colored base is decorated with three different flower sprays and flecked with brown.

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Seat, Garden -

This piece is described by Sotheby's as a Chinese stoneware barrel form garden seat painted in cobalt blue, white, green and beige. The sides are pierced with flower motifs and handholds.

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Can, Watering -

This is a tin watering can formed of many different pieces soldered together. It has a long spout with a band around the bottom of the sprinkle spout which is welded on.

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Can, Watering -

This is a tin watering can with a red and green sprinkle spout which was meant to screw off.

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Bucket -

This is a twin tin flower bucket joined with a center carrying handle. It was originally painted gray. The two buckets are different sizes with the larger bucket 3.5" taller than the smaller bucket.

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CORNERS OF GREY OLD GARDENS -

This small book, printed in Scotland, gathers together brief essays extolling the virtues and "romantic suggestiveness" of old gardens. The essays are written by well-known garden practitioners and luminaries, among others Sir Walter Scott, Sir Uvedale Price, William Lawson, and William Harper. An entry at the end of the book indicates that this title is part of the GREY OLD GARDENS SERIES. This volume is edited by Margaret Waterfield, copies of whose garden watercolors are copiously reproduced herein. There is a brief publisher's note after the title page indicating that copyright was granted by several periodicals for a few of the essays. Not all essays indicate from which source they are t

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OUR PLANT FRIENDS AND FOES -

The book title is self-descriptive. Geared toward "the casual reader," the author claims its contents are scientifically valid, as vetted by specialists in the topics covered. Selected species from the botanical world, from apples to rubber trees, each has its own chapter. There does not appear to be any attempt at creating a comprehensive horticultural compendium. Rather, poisonous plants and their specific diseases are addressed. Some species are noted for their beauty and/or usefulness, and many are described according to how they can be best placed in a home or farm environment. The book's brief introduction is written by William A. Taylor, an executive from the US Department of Agricul

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OUR TREES/HOW TO KNOW THEM, with PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NATURE -

The title of the book is self-descriptive. According to the preface, its objective is "to furnish an opportunity for a more intimate acquaintance with our American trees." There is no formal Table of Contents but rather a list of plates and descriptions of trees, with their botanical names given, and the page numbers where one finds illustrations and precise identifying characteristics. To make the book user-friendly, trees are classified according to their botanical family. The book is fully indexed.

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STUDIES OF AMERICAN FUNGI. MUSHROOMS EDIBLE, POISONOUS, ETC. -

This book is a scientific treatise on American fungi, or mushrooms, both edible and poisonous. It was written by George Francis Atkinson, a botany professor at Cornell University. The book is handsomely illustrated with colored plates by F.R. Rathbun and over 200 black and white photos by the author. Sarah Tyson Rorer, considered a pioneer of American domestic science and founder of the Philadelphia School of Cooking, provided many recipes and describes how best to identify and select those fungi particularly appropriate for the table.

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Pronunciation of Plant Names -

This book in size and page number (94 pp) is a small reference. Titled Pronunciation of Plant Names and published by the Garden Club of America, it is dedicated to Mrs. Francis King, first president of the Garden Club of Michigan. It is a straight-forward, alphabetized list of botanical nomenclature, after which each entry there is a phonetic presentation of proper pronunciation. There is an inked hand-written name at the top of a page inside the front cover: Bessie P. McKee/September 1923/Four Winds Farm. A list of Garden Club officers and directors appears at the beginning of the book. This particular book appears to be the sort of reference one would carry about the garden.