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In the Garden

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
July 6th, 2015

Woman standing in her Garden

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

Summer is the time when a gardener’s hopes and dreams come to fruition.  Sunny days and spring rains combine to bring forth the beauty of buds and blooms in a garden, for as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The earth laughs in flowers.”  Here are some photos of West Virginians enjoying their gardens.  

The only description available for the photo above in the West Virginia History OnView photograph database is “Katherine in her garden.”  While we do not know who Katherine was, nor do we know the location of her garden in West Virginia, we do know, from the photo above, that her garden was beautiful and it was cherished by its gardener.

Flower Garden, Martinsburg, W. Va.

Look closely and follow the path and you can see three people, two women and a man, among the towering flowers in this Martinsburg garden.

Margaret, Gertrude and Calora Hardway standing in garden, Lost Creek, W. Va.

Three sisters, Margaret, Gertrude and Calora Hardway, pose behind the daylilies in this Lost Creek garden, 1906.

Group of women standing near garden plantings.

A women’s 4-H group examines garden plantings in this photo by Ellis Studio in Weston.

Elka Hassig is sitting near a flower garden while Ernest Hassig stands next to her.

Elka and Ernest Hassig pose amongst the dahlias in their Helvetia garden.

Louise Nicholas, 87, standing in her Garden, Preston County, W. Va.

Louise Nicholas, above, stands behind a flourishing bed of irises in her Preston County garden, 1963.
Below, Katherine Estenline, former Director of Scott’s Run Methodist Settlement House 1939-1941, poses near a flower bed.

Portrait of Katherine Estenline, Director of Scott's Run Methodist Settlement House 1939-1941, standing outside a building near a flower garden.

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