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Henry's House and Grounds on Whidbey Island (Floreat), circa 1982

 File — Box: 9, Folder: 1

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Content description from a removed Post-it Note: Aerial view of MH's house and grounds on Whidbey Island (Floreat) early 1980s. (The vegetable garden in foreground belonged to her neighbor.) Note the obelisk from Mendocino.

Content description from Suzanne Rahn's inventory of the archive: MH's garden, "Floreat" ("May it flower"), on Whidbey Island: Aerial photograph of her house and adjacent grounds, showing the garden at an early stage Sketches of designs for Floreat, 1982


  • Creation: circa 1982

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

English .

Collection Size

From the Collection: 14.5 Linear Feet

From the Collection: 3.65 Gigabytes

Biographical / Historical

Biographical description from Suzanne Rahn's inventory of the archive: In Los Altos Hills, the ranch had so little water that Mary could only grow geraniums. But gardening became more and more important to her, especially after her move to Whidbey gave her the space she craved. She formed a routine of painting in the winter and gardening in the summer. She collected garden books and traveled on several tours, mainly of British gardens, where she gathered ideas and even actual plants, which she bought and smuggled home in her luggage, carefully washed and wrapped in paper towels and plastic bags. One of her longtime gardening friends confessed, "We were always afraid Mary would get caught."


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