The Garden Club of America Zone III Commendation for Historic Preservation was presented to Boscobel House & Gardens by the Chairperson of the GCA’s Garden, History and Design Committee, Barbara Benge Kehoe (Mrs. Robert) of Winnetka, IL (also a member of the Garden Guild of Winnetka) at the Annual Zone III Awards Dinner on June 13th at the Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY. Boscobel board member, Mr. Frederick Osborn III, received the commendation on behalf of Boscobel.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Osborn thanked the Philipstown Garden Club for their original design and plantings of medicinal, culinary and household herbs and plants in the herb garden next to Boscobel’s federal period Orangery which the garden club members have continued to enhance and maintain since 1964. The framed award and the plan of the current garden are both displayed in the Orangery.
As thanks for the Philipstown Garden Club’s hospitality during the three-day Annual Meeting of the 22 clubs of GCA Zone III, the visiting clubs made a gift of $300 toward the construction of period benches to be installed beneath the two large pear arbors in the Herb Garden at Boscobel. Friends of Boscobel have made donations to the furnishings of the Herb Garden as well.