Summary Information
Title: Gardens Limited Collection
Collection Number: MSS#579
Creator: Gardens Limited
Collection Dates: 1965-2010
Extent: 1 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:
The Gardens Limited Garden Club was established in 1955 and is the only predominantly Jewish garden club in Pittsburgh. Since its founding, the club has had a maximum of 50 to 60 members who join by invitation. The monthly meetings consist of a business meeting followed by a speaker, a workshop or an outing to places such as Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Kentuck Knob and area gardens. During the business meetings, the members announce relevant events in the area, discuss articles and plan future projects and flower shows. In addition to meetings and outings, the club members participate in an annual garden market, present a biennial flower show and plan civic projects. The collection includes membership lists, programs, minutes, correspondence and photographs.

Language:

The material in this collection is in English.

Repository:

Rauh Jewish Archives
Senator John Heinz History Center
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@hswp.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Date Published:

March 2011
Author:

The guide to this collection was written by Kelly J. Smith.
Encoder:

Encoded by Kelly J. Smith on March 2011 from an existing finding aid.

History

The Gardens Limited Garden Club was established in 1955 and is the only predominantly Jewish garden club in Pittsburgh. Since its founding, the club has had of a maximum of 50 to 60 members who join by invitation. The monthly meetings consist of a business meeting followed by a speaker, a workshop or an outing to places such as Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Kentuck Knob and area gardens. During the business meetings, the members announce relevant events in the area, discuss articles and plan future projects and flower shows. In addition to meetings and outings, the club members participate in an annual garden market, present a biennial flower show and plan civic projects.

Each year the garden club participates in the May Market, a garden market sponsored by Phpps Conservatory at which the club raises money for its civic projects by selling bread and other baked goods at its booth. Every other fall, the club presents a flower show in which every club member is required to exhibit.

Civic projects are another part of the club’s mission. Examples of past projects include sponsoring a workshop on plant growing at the Community Day school, purchasing a grow-light table for the Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (formerly, the Riverview Center for Jewish Seniors), designing floral arrangements for the Israel Heritage Room at the University of Pittsburgh, designing an arrangement each year for a Hanukkah table at the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center and planting at the Anathan House, headquarters of the National Council of Jewish Women in Pittsburgh. The club donates the bulbs that it plants at various locations.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is stored in one archival box. The materials include correspondence, awards, photographs, membership lists, flower show programs, minutes and newspaper clippings. Thecollection is arranged in two series, papers and photographs. The photographs are still close to the original arrangement. The flower show photographs are arranged chronologically. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series I: Papers

The papers series includes eight folders. There is one folder of correspondence which consists primarily of letters from organizations, such as Phipps Conservatory and the National Council of Jewish Women thanking the club for donating funds or flowers and thank you notes from show judges. The membership lists include pages from what must have been booklets at one time. The booklets consist of member names, the next year’s meeting and outing dates and the by-laws. Not all of the booklets are complete. In addition, there are obituaries of Florence ”Tibby” Weisberg and Mae Goldblum, two long-time club members. There are rules for the 1979, 1996 and 2009 annual flower shows in the Flower Show file. The minutes include a notebook of Roslyn Wein’s handwritten minutes from 1994-1996 when she was club president and typed minutes from 2005-2009. Included in the minutes is vendor information for the 2009 and 2010 May Markets. The newspaper clippings include group photographs of officers and candid shots of people involved in the civic projects.

Series II: Photographs

The photographs are of members, project participants or of flower arrangements. They show members at outings, flower shows and the May Market as well as project participants. Flower show photographs are arranged chronologically. The remainder of the photographs are arranged alphabetically by topic. Meeting photographs include fortieth anniversary and installations from 1992-2005. Project photographs include May Market, Community Day and Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center


Controlled Access Terms
Personal Names
  • Chajson, Dorothy "Dotty"
  • Goldblum, Mae
  • Wein, Roslyn
  • Weisberg, Florence “Tibby”
Corporate Names
  • Community Day (Pittsburgh, Pa)
  • Gardens Limited (Pittsburgh, Pa)
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, Pa)
Topics
  • Civic improvement—Pennsylvania—Pittsburgh
  • Flower shows
  • Garden clubs
  • Jews—Pennsylvania—Pittsburgh
Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

None

Aquisition Information:

Gift of Benita Morris on behalf of Gardens Limited on September 2010.

Preferred Citation:

Gardens Limited Collection, 1965-2010, MSS#579, Rauh Jewish Archives, Library and Archives Division, Senator John Heinz History Center

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Kelly J. Smith in December 2010.

Copyright:

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Separated Material:
One folder containing two Jewish National Fund Trees for Israel certificates has been separated and described as MSO#579.


Contents List
Series I Papers 1965-2010
Scope and Content Notes:

The papers series includes eight folders. There is one folder of correspondence. Mainly, it consists of letters from organizations, such as Phipps Conservatory and the National Council of Jewish Women thanking the club for donating funds or flowers and thank-you notes from show judges. The membership lists include pages from what must have been booklets at one time. The booklets consist of member names, the next year’s meeting and outing dates and the by-laws. Not all of the booklets are complete. In addition, there are obituaries of Florence ”Tibby” Weisberg and Mae Goldblum, two long-time club members. There are rules for the 1979, 1996 and 2009 annual flower shows in the Flower Show file. The minutes include a notebook of Roslyn Wein’s handwritten minutes from 1994-1996 when she was club president and typed minutes from 2005-2009. Included in the minutes is vendor information for the 2009 and 2010 May Markets. The newspaper clippings include group photographs of officers and candid shots of people involved in the civic projects.


Box 1
folder 1 Awards 1987-2005
folder 2 Correspondence 1994-2009, undated
folder 3 Flower Shows 1979, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2009
folder 4 Installation 1993-2005
folder 5 Meeting Notices 1979, 1991-2010
folder 6 Membership Lists 1965-2003
folder 7 Minutes 1964-2010
folder 8 Projects 1989-1999, undated
Series II Photographs 1980-2010
Scope and Content Notes:

The photographs are of members, project participants or of flower arrangements. They show members at outings, flower shows and the May Market as well as project participants. Flower show photographs are arranged chronologically. The remainder of the photographs are arranged alphabetically by topic. Meeting photographs include fortieth anniversary and installations from 1992-2005. Project photographs include May Market, Community Day and Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Flower Shows
folder 9 1983-1989
folder 10 1994-1997
folder 11 1998-2000
folder 12 2003-2009, undated
Meetings
folder 13 Georgene Allrecht’s Garden June 22, 1998
folder 14 Cleveland Florascape March 10, 1998
folder 15 Fortieth Anniversary 1995
folder 16 Sally Foster’s Garden 1992
folder 17 Four Leaf Clover Farm July 11, 1995
folder 18 Green Acres Affair 1983
folder 19 Installation 1992-2005
folder 20 Kentuck Knob 1997
folder 21 Majestic August 8, 1994
folder 22 Miscellaneous 1995-2003
folder 23 Nemacolin Woodlands Resort 2001
folder 24 Phipps Conservatory April 2007
folder 25 Raccoon State Park Wildflower Walk June 19, 2000
folder 26 Mae Rosenberg’s House 1991-1997
folder 27 Sandhill Berry Farm 2008
folder 28 Seven Springs July 2010
Projects
folder 29 Hanukkah Table 1986, 1994
folder 30 Community Day 1994-1995
folder 31 May Market 1980-1998
folder 32 Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 1984, 1994, 1997