Endicott Estate Greenhouse254Photographs, design plans, and artifacts from some of the great estates in Dedham are on display in the museum’s new exhibit, “Historic Gardens In Dedham.”
Produced with the assistance of the Fairbanks Garden Club, the exhibit highlights the importance of gardens in Dedham, from the food and medicinal herb gardens of the town’s founding families to the professionally landscaped gardens of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The exhibit features profiles of distinguished local landscape designers, Dedham residents enjoying their gardens, as well as unique stories such as 1904 plans for a botanical garden at the new Oakdale School. The school grounds were “adorned with one hundred and eighty varieties of trees, shrubs and vines, all of which were numbered on a plan showing the pupils of the school and others … the position of the different varieties.”
The exhibit will be on view until the fall and is funded in part by the Hermann Dexter Lodge. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday 12noon – 4pm and even dated Saturdays from 1pm – 4pm. Admission: free for DHS members; $2 for non-members.
PHOTO: Historic greenhouses at the Endicott Estate. Courtesy Dedham Historical Society & Museum.