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This painting of a peony field at Northbrook Gardens, with Sky Harbor Airport in the background, was done by Vivian Church Hoyt in 1942. The work was “dedicated in loving memory to our son William Junior” by Mr. and Mrs. William F. Christman
A field of peonies at Northbrook Gardens, which was managed by William Christman Sr. (his family home is in the background) from 1928 until the business closed in 1945 to make way for expansion of Sky Harbor Airport. Some of these plants may be among those included in the Northbrook Garden Club’s current “Northbrook Historic Peony Preservation Project.” Photo Submitted
Dan Kaye, Northbrook Historical Society
3:24 am CDT September 25, 2019
As the Northbrook Garden Club celebrates its 70th anniversary this month, there may be no stronger link between 2019 and the group’s earliest days in 1949 than . . . peonies.