When Charles Pond, a wealthy businessman, bequeathed his estate to the City of Hartford, CT in the late 1800s it became one of the first municipal rose gardens established in America.  This glass lantern slide depicts the pond a rose bush in 1906. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013 #ElizabethPark #roses @American Rose Society

When Charles Pond, a wealthy businessman, bequeathed his estate to the City of Hartford, CT in the late 1800s it became one of the first municipal rose gardens established in America. This glass lantern slide depicts the pond a rose bush in 1906. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013 #ElizabethPark #roses @American Rose Society

Trick or Treat? Hershey's is known for making some of the chocolate treats many of us are fond of on Halloween. But did you know the company's founder, Milton Hershey, also created a rose garden in the town that bares his name? A "treat" for the eye and nose, the Hershey Rose Garden, depicted in this glass lantern slide, was completed in 1937. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013 #TrueStory

Trick or Treat? Hershey's is known for making some of the chocolate treats many of us are fond of on Halloween. But did you know the company's founder, Milton Hershey, also created a rose garden in the town that bares his name? A "treat" for the eye and nose, the Hershey Rose Garden, depicted in this glass lantern slide, was completed in 1937. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013 #TrueStory

"A photograph is seldom, like a flower, complete and finished in itself," wrote J. Horace McFarland. This was particularly true for hand-colored glass lantern slides, such as this one ca. 1930. The person who colored them, called a "colorist," might often change the color of flowers, making it difficult to know what was true to the garden.  Learn more on our blog by clicking the image.  Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #TrueStory?

"A photograph is seldom, like a flower, complete and finished in itself," wrote J. Horace McFarland. This was particularly true for hand-colored glass lantern slides, such as this one ca. 1930. The person who colored them, called a "colorist," might often change the color of flowers, making it difficult to know what was true to the garden. Learn more on our blog by clicking the image. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #TrueStory?

On Halloween especially, we tend to think of cemeteries as spooky places.  But in the nineteenth century, large garden cemeteries, such as Swan Point (1846) in Providence, Rhode Island depicted in this image c. 1930, were pleasant places more akin to the urban parks that would soon follow. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013 #TrueStory

On Halloween especially, we tend to think of cemeteries as spooky places. But in the nineteenth century, large garden cemeteries, such as Swan Point (1846) in Providence, Rhode Island depicted in this image c. 1930, were pleasant places more akin to the urban parks that would soon follow. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013 #TrueStory

Sometimes archives are a mystery. Does anyone know where this photograph of an unidentified garden titled "Magnolia Avenue" was taken? The glass lantern slide was produced in 1930. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013

Sometimes archives are a mystery. Does anyone know where this photograph of an unidentified garden titled "Magnolia Avenue" was taken? The glass lantern slide was produced in 1930. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013

A young visitor at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT, photographed sometime between 1904 and 1920.  Autochrome

A young visitor at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT, photographed sometime between 1904 and 1920. Autochrome

J. Horace McFarland's climbing Orleans roses were looking great when this photograph was taken in June of 1926! McFarland planted elaborate rose gardens  at his home, Breeze Hill, in Harrisburg, PA. By1902, the City of Harrisburg itself was also forever changed by McFarland's propensity for beauty and order when he began the campaign to clean up and redesign the city as part of the growing City Beautiful Movement in the United States. #TrueStory #ArchivesMonth2013     @American Rose Society

J. Horace McFarland's climbing Orleans roses were looking great when this photograph was taken in June of 1926! McFarland planted elaborate rose gardens at his home, Breeze Hill, in Harrisburg, PA. By1902, the City of Harrisburg itself was also forever changed by McFarland's propensity for beauty and order when he began the campaign to clean up and redesign the city as part of the growing City Beautiful Movement in the United States. #TrueStory #ArchivesMonth2013 @American Rose Society

"Great parks are in the highest degree...a sheer expression of democracy," stated J. Horace McFarland. A strong supporter of the City Beautiful Movement, McFarland used his interest in gardening and nature to advocate for improving conditions in American cities. This photograph depicts Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #TrueStory #ArchivesMonth2013

"Great parks are in the highest degree...a sheer expression of democracy," stated J. Horace McFarland. A strong supporter of the City Beautiful Movement, McFarland used his interest in gardening and nature to advocate for improving conditions in American cities. This photograph depicts Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #TrueStory #ArchivesMonth2013

#June is #Rose Month! Here’s a #vintage lantern slide of a woman enjoying her rose #garden at Breeze Hill in Harrisburg, Pa. Hand-painted lantern slides were developed as a way to project images onto a large surface for viewing by an audience. This slide is from Smithsonian Gardens’ Archive of American Gardens. #photo #NoFilter

#June is #Rose Month! Here’s a #vintage lantern slide of a woman enjoying her rose #garden at Breeze Hill in Harrisburg, Pa. Hand-painted lantern slides were developed as a way to project images onto a large surface for viewing by an audience. This slide is from Smithsonian Gardens’ Archive of American Gardens. #photo #NoFilter

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