J. Horace McFarland (1859-1948) was an avid gardener and and environmental preservationist. The Breeze Hill estate in Harrisburg, PA was his home. Here, on two and a half acres, he build and kept his gardens. Over many years of planting, re-planting, testing new cultivars and replacing unsuccessful specimens it is estimated that more than 5,000 rose plants comprising 800 varieties were grown by McFarland. Although best known for roses, the garden at Breeze Hill also grew native plants, beds of spring bulbs, peonies, lilac and mock orange borders, and a lily pond. McFarland was an innovator in producing and printing photography, and his company was pre-eminent in printing flower and seed catalogs, and other horticultural work. He produced about 50,000 photographs of specimen blooms or displays from his own garden and elsewhere that were made available for reproduction. The J. Horace McFarland Company Collection archived at the #Smithsonian
Institute includes over 3,100 black and white mounted photographs and 445 glass lantern slides of gardens throughout the United States. This Instagram feed shows mostly 8.5” x 6.5” glass negatives of McFarland’s work that was recently uncovered in a barn near Harrisburg, in Central Pennsylvania.