italian garden

italian garden

summer house

summer house

William GrATWICK iii working with the tree peonies, c. 1940

William GrATWICK iii working with the tree peonies, c. 1940

In 1933, William H. Gratwick III moved to Linwood with his family and set up the Rare Plants Nursery. The Japanese Tree Peony became a feature of the nursery and the gardens.  As an artist, landscape architect and horticulturalist, W.H.G. III contributed sculpture and new garden areas to the Linwood landscape.  His wife, Harriet, directed a community music school on the property from 1947-1963.  Linwood also hosted a wide variety of cultural activities during those years.

Harriet gratwick conducts children's chorus, circa 1955

Harriet gratwick conducts children's chorus, circa 1955

Lee gratwick

Lee gratwick

 

Lee Gratwick, W.H.G. III's daughter, is now living at Linwood and is working to preserve the tree peony collection, the gardens and the summer house.

For further Gratwick History information, visit: http://buffaloah.com/h/grat/grat.html