Glass lantern slide of Mrs. John Nicholas Brown's rose garden, Newport

Glass lantern slides used extensively in Lowthorpe classrooms

Glass lantern slides were used extensively in Lowthorpe classrooms. Students learned plant identification, design principles, and basic garden history during slide lectures.  How bright and colorful the glass lantern slides must have seemed!  Some were labeled with the name of an estate or garden owner, while others were completely unlabeled. A glass lantern slide is…

Lilium superbum flower

Strong Lowthorpe Presence in House Beautiful magazine, June 1927

It’s so much fun to comb through the garden magazines of yesteryear.  The advertisements alone are priceless!  We can learn about an era simply by paging through an issue. The June 1927 House Beautiful caught my eye because it’s packed with writing by Lowthorpe School graduates and faculty.  The Colonial Revival style was “it” for…

Village Hill Nursery Partner: A Post-Lowthorpe Career

Dorthea Wallace ‘29 became a business partner in a western Massachusetts nursery called Village Hill, located in the small town of Williamsburg.  The property included an 18th-century farmhouse and 29 acres of land. Surviving plant lists paint a portrait of busy propagation and sales activity. Perennials, rock garden plants, herbs, annuals, and bulbs are on the…