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Watts, May Theilgaard

Plan for The Morton Arboretum, Sterling Morton Library Reading Garden-north end


Identifier
3.24634
Format
Pen and india ink on 4-ply board. 
Digitization Status
Digitized
Reproduction:
Original
Dimensions
25.5 cm W x 29.5 cm H (Item)
Extent
1 sheet
Type
Drawing
Date created
1962
Description
Sketches of plans for the north-facing end of the Sterling Morton Library Reading Garden showing a wall, tables and chairs, book tree and pool. Also includes suggestions for planting.

Sketches divided into 3 sections:

Section 1: Sketch of sitting area with roof along north-end garden wall

Notations written:
  • Above left side of roof: An inconspicuous prism to throw a rainbow into the garden occasionally 
  • Above chair: gray painted aluminum
  • Next to pole for roof support: iron
  • Next to right side of roof: The white pine outside the wall has wind chimes somewhere in its branches
  • Above side view of roof sketch: slate (or tin) wall
  • Below sketch of sitting area: The north-facing end of the Reading Garden??
Section 2: Sketch of tree trunk with book shelves wrapped around top portion

Notations written:
  • Far left of the book tree sketch: The sunny wall at the other end could have a wall fountain, and a mobile hung from a tree to make interesting moving shadows, - or espaliered pears
  • Just below book shelves on the left: sectional to allow for tree growth
  • To the right of top portion of tree (above shelving): Not a honey locust Not a pin oak [crossed out]
  • Next to top right of shelving: concealed shades for rain
  • Next to bottom right of shelving: hooks for shades
Section 3: Sketch of entire garden space including locations of all garden features and plantings

Notations written:
  • Far top left corner: pine
  • Top left next to bench and table: ferns
  • Far bottom left corner: sweetbrier roses to send the smell of new summer applesauce into the garden
  • Next to bottom middle planting area across from pool: Poison Ivy [crossed out] Euonymus planting to keep people away from the opening, and for fall color
  • Above top right corner: Plantsmen tile strip all around wall