My partner, Dan Hertzler, is the 'Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds'. He is also the man in the orange hat that sits every day on the guard rail post next to the mighty Connecticut River between Cornish, NH and Windsor, VT taking daily photos, morning, noon, night, whenever he drives by...of the majestic Mount Ascutney...and he has a fabulous blog where he features the best pics of the week. www.shapeoftheyear.blogspot.com Together we created this flower garden, nestled in the heart of the Cornish Art Colony.
The Tea House located at the garden was built and owned by Cornish Art Colonist William Ladd Taylor in the early 1900's. He used it for his painting studio and he had a large north facing window installed for this purpose. Mr. Taylor and his wife boarded across the street in my great grandmother's farmhouse and he built his art studio in my great grandmother's apple orchard.
My great grandmother, Martha Quimby, cooked the Taylor's meals, kept their room clean in exchange for their summer rent money. My relatives fed and kept house and boarded many a Cornish Art Colonist. Mr. Taylor's wife taught my grandfather how to play the piano during those idyllic Art Colony summers in the early 1900's. So influenced by the Art Colonists, my grandfather, born on the dairy farm, an only child, left the farm and went on to study organ with Nadia Boulanger in Paris France, became the Director of Music at the Cleveland (Ohio) Museum of Art and then went on to become the Director of Music at Connecticut College.
In addition to my love of growing flowers, I am also an elementary school music teacher and a member of The Heath Sisters, a sibling performance and recording trio, thus, The Song Garden! Gardening and Music! "Plant Seeds and Sing Songs!".
Some of Mr William Ladd Taylor's Art:
William Ladd Taylor
My Great Grandmother, Martha Westgate Quimby, in her Dahlia garden across the road from the Song Garden!
My Great Great Grandmother, Charlotte Bryant Quimby
and my Great Grandmother, Martha Westgate Quimby
They gave Mr. William Ladd Taylor room and board while he painted in the
art studio in the apple orchard across the road....now the Tea House!